One of our all-time favorite food bloggers, Fit Mitten Kitchen, has done it again with this twist on an American classic. If it's not apple pie or a hot dog, the next all-American meal is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But this isn't your grandmother's sandwich - keep scrolling to see how Ashley has officially stepped up the PB&J game!
Your childhood favorite peanut butter & jelly sandwich just turned into a delicious healthy breakfast parfait! Using a 10-minute strawberry chia seed jam and 3-ingredient peanut butter granola and your choice of yogurt, you will love this great meal prep breakfast.
Yes, you read that right. PB & J just got a fancy breakfast makeover.
Except it’s really not that fancy…
Parfaits *look* fancy but in reality it’s the beautiful layers that give off that pretentious vibe. When you break down the layers, you’ll see it’s a combination of healthy, whole food ingredients that were (IMO) simply made for each other.
yogurt (pick your favorite)
homemade strawberry chia seed jam (more on that below)
3-ingredient peanut butter granola(including this easy recipe too!)
Truth be told, I didn’t like peanut butter and jelly growing up. My picky 5 year old self did NOT like the idea of jelly slipping out of my peanut butter sandwich. So I only ate plain peanut butter sandwiches growing up.
But I’ve learned a thing or two since then and now I am all about that fruity, peanut buttery combination.
And you can’t make a PB&J without some jelly… Or in this case, strawberry chia seed jam.
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY CHIA SEED JAM IN 10 MINUTES
All you do for the jam is:
Warm up 2 cups of strawberries in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow the strawberries to cook down for about 5 minutes, or until you can see the juices release and mixture start to bubble.
Use a potato masher (or equivalent) to mash the strawberries down. Add in lemon juice and chia seeds, then stir.
Remove the pan from the heat, and transfer to glass jar to set and thicken.
That’s it! A simple sugar-free strawberry chia seed jam.
NOTES ABOUT THE THIS PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY BREAKFAST
If preparing these breakfast parfaits ahead of time, I would try and make the granola and chia seed jam at the same time. They can be prepped a couple of days in advance – the whole process should only take you about 45 minutes, including cooling time.
If you’re looking to assemble and make the parfaits in advance, try to use within 3 days for best flavor and texture.
If you just need something quick to take out the door with you, skip the layering technique and add the amount of yogurt you want into the bottom of a jar, add chia seed jam, granola and top with a little peanut butter and fresh strawberries.
Make them dairy-free and vegan by selecting the yogurt that works best for your diet. Keep them gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats.
Ashley is the content creator, recipe developer and photographer behind the healthy food and lifestyle blog Fit Mitten Kitchen – where cooking from scratch and healthy baking is for everyone. Ashley didn't grow up with the best eating habits, so when she learned on her own how to create delicious healthy recipes, she became inspired to share those creations with others. A whole foods diet is for everyone, and with a little moderation and balance (yes, sweet treats!) there is room for it all.