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Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits are a fun and yummy way to enjoy everyone’s favorite pairing of PB&J with layers of Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, of course a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and jelly, and a crunchy peanut butter and jelly granola with bits of dried strawberries. No need to wait till lunch for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Kids will love to start their day with PB&J for breakfast, or even as an after-school snack when they dig their spoons into peanut butter and jelly parfaits.
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company. I received product and compensation, but all opinions are my own.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Parfaits with Greek Yogurt
My kids are like peanut butter and jelly – they are very different, but go well together. It’s been a great summer for these boys; however, the time has come for peanut butter and jelly to go back to school.
While much of the country has already headed back to school, here in Maryland the kids don’t start until after Labor Day. At this point, though, we are all summered out. There’s been several days of a lot of rain and the evenings are getting chillier, which means not only has the pool lost its novelty, but it’s also cold. Vacation was way back in May and our usual one or two trips to visit grandma near the beach are over. It’s time to get back to the routine.
But I kind of like being able to sleep till 6:30 (yes, that’s sleeping in at my house with my little earlybirds), still get my workout in, and get the kids up and off to camp (at the same place) in a fairly leisurely manner. Pretty soon it’s back to one preschool drop-off, one walk to the bus stop, and all of this earlier than we had to be at camp. Sure, camp requires lunches to be packed and sometimes bathing suits and towels, but now we will be back to making sure homework is completed and in folders, forms are filled out, library books are remembered, and let’s not forget evenings of Cub Scouts, sports, PTA meetings, and religious education.
So what are my tricks for keeping it all under control? It’s somewhere between having a plan and having no plan at all. Well, at least when it comes to packing lunches. What do I mean by that? I don’t necessarily plan out what the kids are going to take for lunch the entire week when I am making my menu plan and grocery list, I always make sure I have a good mix of our favorite staples on hand. The fridge and pantry are always filled with our:
- Favorite veggies – cucumbers, carrots, frozen mixed veggies, sugar snap peas
- Tons of fruit – bananas, apples, grapes, and even fruit cups and frozen berries
- Proteins – deli meat, leftover chicken, hard boiled eggs, roasted chickpeas
- Storebought and homemade snacks – crackers, healthy no-bake snacks like Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls and No-Bake Apricot Chia Energy Bars, and popcorn
- Plenty of nuts and dried fruit – cashews, sunflower seeds, raisins, figs, and more to make trail mixes or cream cheese stuffed dates
- “Sandwich holders” – bread, mini bagels, wraps, even lettuce leaves to make lettuce wraps
- Pantry ingredients to make dressings and dips like this Honey Mustard Dip
- And of course I can’t forget Jif Natural Peanut Butter and Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread!
My other tip is that I always always always pack lunches at night. Sometimes I get motivated and on Sunday I’ll even pack an entire week’s worth of lunches, much to the frustration of my husband when he is trying to put the milk back in the refrigerator and it’s stocked with containers of various shapes and sizes, ready to be grabbed on a crazy morning and tucked into a lunchbox. But every evening, usually while I am making dinner I open up the fridge and mix and match, because that’s when old favorites get more creative.
For example, you can start with the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich with 7 grams of protein and the fresh roasted taste of Jif Natural peanut butter perfectly paired with the touch of sweetness from Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread. It’s such an easy way for moms to send kids back to school with something yummy and comforting from home….
But you can also take that classic combo and get even more creative. Roll your Jif Natural and Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread in a wrap (pro tip: put a banana in the middle), spread it on graham crackers or mini bagels, turn it into a dip, or even turn it into “pizza“. Because there’s no limit to the ways you can pack your kids’ lunch with the perfect pairing of protein and just a little sweetness that will energize them through the rest of their day. You know they are getting the nourishment they need, but when they open their lunchboxes, all they see is a reminder of how much mom or dad love them by packing one of their favorites.
Get all of these ideas and even more over at lovepbj.com. Yes, Jif and Smucker’s have teamed up to create the ultimate destination for peanut butter and jelly lovers, with recipes, tips, and even fun GIFs to share.
But why wait till lunch when you can have PB&J for breakfast?
Yes, you can start your day with Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits!
These peanut butter and jelly parfaits have layers of vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, plus spoonfuls of Jif Natural Peanut Butter and Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread. And since a yogurt parfait needs a little crunchy goodness, why not add peanut butter and jelly granola?!
Yes, granola with crunchy, peanut buttery oat clusters that almost taste like peanut butter cookies, chopped peanuts for more peanutty goodness, and freeze dried strawberries for that sweet, fruity flavor that perfectly balances the salty, roasted peanut flavor. The granola requires a little time in the oven, but once you’ve made one batch, you can keep it in an airtight container to be ready to whip up parfaits in an instant.
These Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits can also be packed in jars to send off to school, or saved for an after school snack! By making them portable, these parfaits will energize kids throughout the day and a reminder of mom’s love, to go.
Obviously they’re a hit with the kiddos…
Make sure you spread your #PBJLove by following Jif on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and Smucker’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And be sure to visit lovepbj.com throughout the entire school year as new recipes and ideas are added to keep those lunchboxes filled with PB&J deliciousness!
Can’t wait to hear how you create PB&J memories when you make this Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits recipe…
Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits
For the Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned oats gluten free, if necessary
- 1 cup Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts
- 1 cup freeze dried strawberries
For each Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfait
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 Tablespoon Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Spread
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola
For the Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola:
- Preheat oven to 275°F and line a sheet pan with parchment or a silicone baking sheet.
- Place the oats in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir together the Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, honey, and salt in a small, microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds or until you can stir it into a smooth mixture.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir until completely coated.
- Spread in a single layer on the sheet pan, and press down.
- Bake for 30 minutes, then stir gently without breaking up all of the large pieces. Spread into a single layer.
- Bake for another 20-30 minutes, gently stirring and checking every 10 minutes until dried out and slightly crisp. It will become more crisp as it cools.
- Cool on the pan until it reaches room temperature, then mix in the peanuts and freeze dried strawberries.
- Store the granola in an airtight container.
For each Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfait:
- Place about half of the yogurt in the bottom of a jar or bowl. Top with half the strawberries, half a tablespoon Jif Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, half a tablespoon Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Spread, and about two tablespoons granola.
- Repeat the layers and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
This post has been sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company. I received product and compensation, but all opinions are my own.