PB & J

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Peanut Butter and Strawberry Balsamic Jam // Wit & Vinegar

Yes, I’m bringing you peanut butter and jam.

I’m doing it because nothing store bought compares to homemade peanut butter or jam.

I’m doing it because you probably have a strawberry hole in your fridge.

I’m doing it because sometimes you just need something simple to make.

I’m doing it because you can listen to this piece while you make the peanut butter.

And this one while you make the jam (jelly). You’re ready for it.

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Peanut Butter and Strawberry Balsamic Jam // Wit & Vinegar

Growing up, I had a pb & j probably 3 out of the 5 days I went to school. Steve didn’t. He doesn’t like pb & j sandwiches. I know, I should break up with him. We’ve already talked about it. He’s lucky he’s cute.

I love a good pb & j. I love it even more when it’s made with super good peanut butter that has a little flair, like a side ponytail made of cinnamon and brown sugar, and intense strawberry jam that doesn’t have a giant mushy strawberry waiting to ruin my day.

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Peanut Butter and Strawberry Balsamic Jam // Wit & Vinegar

The other great thing about homemade peanut butter is that it doesn’t just have to be peanuts. Technically any nut can be turned into a butter. And it’s insanely easy with flavor options for dayyyys. Almond Joy Butter anyone?!

Jam on the other hand is usually a little trickier. There’s pectin and canning and enough things to make you want to scream and throw something against the wall, but this jam is different. There’s just 4 ingredients: Strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar, and awesomeness.

Voom voom shebang. Pump up that jam. Let’s get to work.

Peanut Butter

fills 2 half pint jars

The basic of the basics would to just put some peanuts in a food processor and let them whirl around until the butter is made, but I like to add the side ponytail flair and throw in brown sugar and cinnamon. Just enough to say we did though, this isn’t a cinnamon roll.

3 c roasted, not salted, peanuts

3 T brown sugar

1/4 t cinnamon

pinch of salt

Throw all the ingredients into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and let ’em go for about a min. scrape down the sides and let it go for another 2 min. 3 min total is usually my golden time.

Add more sweetness if you think you need it, or other spices to change it up.


Strawberry Balsamic Jam

from Savory Sweet Life

fills 3 half-pint jars

Don’t be alarmed by the addition of the vinegar. You can’t taste it in the end, and it adds even more flavor to the strawberries. Just don;t stick your face over the pot while it’s cooking unless you want to clear your sinuses into the jam, but that’s really gross so just don’t.

4 c chopped strawberries, I cut most of mine into sixths or eighths

2 c sugar

1/4 c balsamic

Throw everything into a large stockpot and cook over medium heat for about 30 min, or until the consistency is close to honey. You can also just use a thermometer and watch for it to hit 220 degrees. Allow to cool down then place in a mason jar. This isn’t canning at all, follow these instructions if you want to take that route. Also high five for ambition.

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  • Peanut Butter Jelly Time.. I would mix those 2 jars together and get down with some “eat pb & j” with a spoon action. Brilliant my dear!!

    • Thanks Guuurrrll!! Get to it, homemade goobers!

  • Love this… yes you are right I do have a hole in my fridge with homemade jam written all over it!

  • Side ponytail flair! I love it! I really, really need to make my own peanut butter and yours looks so tasty. I recently had cinnamon almond butter an acquaintance made and she still hasn’t coughed up the recipe, boo. I guess I’ll have to make it up on my own!

    • Yes Nicole, do it!! You’ll be so surprised at how easy it is. It’s probably not that crazy of a recipe, just grab some roasted almonds and have at it!

  • I have dreams of making a “fancy pb&j” constantly! There’s nothing better than fresh, warm jam and homemade peanut butter. And I love how you put it on a bagel (or is that an English muffin?). Just love.

    • Thanks Adrianna! I love the idea of upping the pb&j game for real and english muffins were totally my carb of choice for this.

  • yes! I love this! pb&j or honey was one of my go-to school lunches, and one of the first things I made for myself.

    ps, that english muffin has the perfect toast!

    • Yeeaass!! I actually had to do a little rub down to hide the extra toastiness. Secret secrets!

  • Oh shizz… local strawberries have finally arrived at the market and I’m defs doing this…and pairing it with cheese..hmm. Thanks Mr. B!

    • Hell yeah! You’re welcome!

  • I want to eat this and only this for all six meals of the day. TOO GOOD

    • Uhh, absolutely. Peanut butter and jelly is a definite meal.

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  • Whoa, I write for parenting sites and have never seen a pb&j that sounded better than this. For sure making this for myself and my 15-month-old – good palate training.

  • Oh my, now I’m changing my whole lunch plan!

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