Ahhh Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Does any combo in history even come close to peanut butter and jelly?

PBJ&BananasPeas and carrots? Chocolate and peanut butter? Ok, maybe so. But neither has been around as long or invokes the feeling of childhood, family and home as much as a PB&J.

You might have learned in school that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter but it has actually been around for much longer than that. Mr. Carver was instrumental in peanut farming and therefore made it easier for the masses to get it at home. Recipes have been around using peanut flour mixed with other ingredients to form a paste or what we now call butter. Several countries around the word call it a peanut paste because they have laws in place that do not allow it to be called butter because there is no dairy in it.

Peanut butter is a great source of vitamins and minerals as well as protein and fiber. And when paired with fruit it has even more nutritional value for you. Try buying both peanut butter and jelly that are low in sugar to ensure you are getting the healthiest meal.

Ever wonder what differentiates jams and jellies? Jams and preserves are usually interchangeable terms and they will have the most fruit content. Jellies are just the thickened juices of fruit. So when you can get a jam.

Tempt your taste buds with these combinations:

Tropical – peanut butter, sliced banana, shredded coconut and pineapple jam.

Elvis – peanut butter, banana and bacon toasted.

Southern Belle – peanut butter, whiskey soaked craisins, peach jam on cinnamon buttered toast.

Rocky Road – Peanut Butter, mini chocolate chips, pecans and marshmallow fluff.

Classic revisited – peanut butter, banana, mashed strawberries and apricot jam on cinnamon raisin bread.

Floridian – peanut butter, banana, orange marmalade and mini chocolate chips.

PB&J French Toast – peanut butter, cream cheese and blackberry jam between two slices of French bread dipped in batter and griddled.

Enjoy,

Chef Travis

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