Fruit-Sweetened Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Fruit-sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins. These muffins are sweetened with bananas and jelly and are made with whole wheat flour for a nutritious snack!

prep time

30 minutes

cook time

20 minutes

servings

12
peanut butter and jelly muffins from the top

Fruit-sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins. These muffins are sweetened with bananas and jelly and are made with whole wheat flour for a nutritious snack!

peanut butter and jelly muffins from the top

This recipe was originally shared in 2018 and has been updated with new photography and additional details.

These peanut butter & Jelly muffins are sweetened with bananas and jelly only, which makes them perfect for young kids – Or adults looking for a healthy and lower sugar snack.

This recipe is inspired by my fruit-sweetened breakfast banana bread recipe. For these peanut butter & jelly muffins, I added a swirl of peanut butter and a little spoonful of jam in the center. They’re lightly sweet and are made with whole wheat flour for a higher fiber option. They’re nutritious and perfect for a light breakfast on-the-go or a satisfying snack. I like to top mine with nut butter for more protein and a spoonful of jelly for more sweetness.

muffin batter in a bowl
muffin batter in a bowl
muffin batter in muffin tins
peanut butter and jelly muffins in muffin tins
Notes on the Recipe:
  • This recipe was originally developed using one egg. However, I added a vegan option that results in a very similar muffin. They won’t rise as much, but they’re equally moist and delicious. Since transitioning to a vegan diet, this is the recipe that I always make. I wanted to keep both options for those that loved the old version.
  • These muffins are NOT overly sweet. They’re simply sweetened with bananas and jelly. Think of them as a lightly sweet bread that’s ideal for a snack, served with extra peanut butter and jelly. The toppings are highly recommended.
  • I haven’t tried a gluten-free version yet, but these are based off my banana bread, which does work with buckwheat flour. Keep in mind that the muffins will be a little more dense and as I haven’t tried them yet, I can’t guarantee it will work. Some readers have had success with gluten-free flour mixes. If you try a gluten-free version that works, let me know in the comments, it could help others.
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Fruit-Sweetened Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Fruit-sweetened peanut butter & jelly muffins. These muffins are sweetened with bananas and jelly and are made with whole wheat flour for a nutritious snack!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup overripe bananas, mashed (about 3-4 large)
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup oil, such as olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • Jam of choice (about 1/3 cup)

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease your muffin pan with oil or butter/margarine or use muffin liners if preferred.
  • In a large bowl, mash your bananas. Whisk in your milk, oil and vanilla.
  • Add your dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix all together.
  • Stir in the peanut butter. You want to make evenly distributed swirls without mixing it completely into the dough.
  • Transfer approximately half of the mixture to your greased muffin pan, making 12 muffins. Top each with about 1/2 tablespoon of jam, then top with the remaining muffin batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let them cool a few minutes before removing from the pan.

Notes

This recipe was originally created in 2018 and included one egg. I since updated the recipe to make it vegan. The vegan muffins don’t rise as much, but they’re just as delicious. For the old version, you can replace 1/4 cup of the milk with 1 egg. Add the egg at the same time as the milk.
You can use store-bought or homemade jam. Strawberry jam is my favorite in this recipe, but blueberry, blackberry or raspberry jam all work as well. I love using this chia jam recipe.
I use natural, salted peanut butter. If using unsalted, use 1/4 teaspoon of salt in the recipe instead of 1/8 teaspoon.
Since the recipe doesn’t contain any added sugar, it’s very important to use overripe bananas to get the most sweetness. Even then, these muffins aren’t overly sweet. However, they are delicious and perfect when eaten for breakfast or a snack with extra peanut butter. 
If you’re looking for a gluten-free version, I’ve had some great feedback from others who tried this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour. 

If you make these peanut butter and jelly muffins, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!


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Comments

18 responses to “Fruit-Sweetened Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins”

  1. Lydia Avatar
    Lydia

    I will definitely be making these with my 4 year old! As for mixing bowls, I haven’t bought them yet, but I have Oxo glass mixing bowls on my shopping list (they’re at Bed Bath and Beyond, in Canada too.) They can go from the freezer to the oven and are pretty enough for serving.

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Hi Lydia! Thank you so much for the suggestion, I’ll look for those! I hope you’ll enjoy the muffins. 🙂

  2. Jessica Melanson Avatar
    Jessica Melanson

    I made a batch of PB&J muffins and granola bars this morning and they turned out great. Not sure I’ll have enough for the week…they are too good!

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Hi Jess! I’m so happy they turned out great. Enjoy!

  3. Ashley White Avatar

    Ooh these sound amazing, I’m going to try and make them soon and let you know how it turns out. I’ll be making them vegan, can’t wait! Just subscribed

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      I’m so happy to hear that! Hope you’ll love them and yes, let me know what you think! 🙂

  4. rachel Avatar
    rachel

    5 stars
    very nice, perfect for on the go! i’m not a fan of peanut butter and jelly so left the peanut butter out. thank you for another great recipe

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Hi Rachel, thank you for the feedback! I’m happy you loved them and just having jelly muffins sounds good too. 🙂 Enjoy!

  5. Jessica Skiftun Avatar
    Jessica Skiftun

    I made these with rye flour and mashed overripe pear. They turned out perfectly. Perhaps they aren’t as sweet as with banana though.

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      That’s good to hear! I’m happy it worked with the substitutions. Thanks for letting me know, enjoy. 🙂

  6. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah

    Do you think I can substitute the whole wheat flour with almond flour or any other gluten free flour?

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      I haven’t tried any gluten-free flours. My banana bread recipe works with all-purpose gluten-free, buckwheat and rice flour (the texture is just a little different). Since these muffins are similar, I would guess it would work. I think almond flour would make them denser though! Hope this helps!

  7. Kavita Avatar
    Kavita

    5 stars
    I made it nut-free by using SunButter and it turned out great! It was the perfect amount of sweetness with the ripe bananas and jam!

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Hi Kavita, I’m happy it turned out well with the SunButter (I always love SunButter!). Enjoy!

  8. Samantha Avatar
    Samantha

    AMAZING!!! I made a batch with gluten free flour this morning (I use Bob’s Red Mill, but I’m sure others would work) and I have never had a better gluten free muffin. Will definitely be making again. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Hi Samantha! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. I’m so happy you loved them and that they turned out well using this flour. I’ll add a note in the recipe, which will hopefully help others looking for gluten-free options. It’s always nice to hear from other’s experience! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  9. Kate Middleton Avatar
    Kate Middleton

    I was wondering if I could use chunky peanut butter instead? I don’t own creamy.

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      Hi Kate, I haven’t tried it, so I can’t guarantee it would work, but I would guess it would. You would just get some little pieces of peanuts of course, so as long as you don’t mind that. 🙂

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