Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt

Kaki, I’ve barely been able to contain myself with this recipe.  Finally I have pictures to document its awesomeness!

See, I come from a long line of peanut butter obsessees.  We had waffles with syrup and peanut butter for many breakfasts growing up.  Or peanut butter on a tortilla if you needed a portable breakfast.  And my Mom and I share an epic love of the peanut-butter-and-chocolate combo in all its incarnations.  But this recipe didn’t occur to me until I was snacking at my cube last week.

I’d made some yogurt and it was nearing the end of its days.  Whoa man, was it sour.  At work I normally stir some jam* into my yogurt and call it a day, but that afternoon it was still just too sour.  I could have added some honey, but for whatever reason the thought struck me, “Could I stir some peanut butter into this?”

And the answer, Kaki, is yes.

Imagine all of the flavor of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with all the health benefits of yogurt.  (I’m looking at you, gluten-free people.  Go for it.)  The yogurt complements both the creaminess of the peanut butter and the fresh aspect of the fruit jam, all while lending its coolness in the most unique way.  I cannot get enough of it.

The one trick, if you can even call it that, is that getting the peanut butter to incorporate into the yogurt takes a bit of stirring.  Really try to smoosh it against the sides of the bowl to help break up the blob of peanut buttery goodness.  Eventually you’ll get a homogenous-ish light orange mixture whose taste will surprise you in the best possible way.

You have got to give this a try, Kaki.  I cannot recommend it enough.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt
Makes one snack


3/4 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon jam*
1 tablespoon peanut butter

Spoon all ingredients into a bowl.  Stir vigorously to spread the peanut butter and jelly throughout the yogurt. Devour.

(You can add some raw oats if you want an even more filling snack.)

*Always a berry jam; strawberry, or blackberry is my actual favorite.  None of this grape business, what the heck is that about, anyway.

Doesn't look like much, but tastes *phenomenal*.

Doesn’t look like much, but tastes *phenomenal*.

Hope you had a lovely birthday, my dear!  What did you do to celebrate?  Tell me some cake was involved.

P.S. In today’s Random Harry Potter Tie-In, this reminds me of the peanut butter and strawberry ice cream sundaes Harry would get at Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley.  I went to a midnight showing of one of the movies in college and the theater had just such a sundae on their themed menu.  Doing it right, guys.

P.P.S. I had an epic recipe save this week.  I’d made an absolutely terrible baked barbecue-cranberry chicken dish with lentils and collard green stems, it was awful.  But I just re-simmered the lentils and collard stems in some vegetable broth and added hefty doses of Worchestershire sauce and butter, and voila, a tasty meal was salvaged!


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