“Peanut Butter” and Jelly Stuffed Muffins

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I want to eat these muffins seriously every day. I don’t know why I’ve never stuffed jelly into muffins before. What a dummy I am.

Yesterday, something really exciting happened to me. Let me give you a little back story. I LOVE watching Cupcake Wars. It’s pretty much the only show I watch on the Food Network anymore. I just absolutely love to see the flavors these bakers come up with.  But I started loving Cupcake Wars even more when Kyra, a gluten free baker, began killing it with her crazy, creative cupcakes. Well, I fell in love with her and all the cupcakes she created, so I did what anyone would do and started stalking her on instagram. And when I left a comment on one of her pictures, SHE WROTE BACK and said that she’s been following my blog for years. I pretty much died. I seriously let out a small scream in a fit of joy. She’s so great. I hope I get to try her gluten free cupcakes someday. I may have to go to Oregon on my book tour just so I can try those beautiful things.

Another exciting thing happened to me yesterday. I got to hang out with Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo!! Have you bought her cookbook yet? It’s stunning. Anywho, she came to Denver to do a book signing and I was lucky enough to get a quick dinner with her. She picked Root Down to grab some food at, which was genius because I hadn’t been there in forever and I forgot how good it was. We got the brussels sprouts and kale salad, seared columbian arepas, bison meatballs and the beef short ribs. We both weren’t incredibly hungry so I’m lucky enough to have leftovers for breakfast today. YAY ME!! Pretty bummed we didn’t get to have dessert but there was just not enough room in our guts. That restaurant is delicious. The only thing I can complain about is when I walked in and walked up to the desk, the hostess looked at me and said, “Yeah?” Super welcoming.

You know what is kind of strange? Every picture I’ve posted on instagram lately, someone comments about my eyebrows. I don’t think I ever notice other people’s eyebrows.

Are any of you making something special for St. Patrick’s Day this weekend? Or doing something special? I’m guessing most people will say drinking. I can’t decide what to do. The past 3 years, I’ve stayed at home because I’ve been training or cooking away. Or making the excuse that I was training or cooking, so I didn’t have to go out and get drunk as balls. So what to do this year. That is the question. Tell me things!


“Peanut Butter” and Jelly Stuffed Muffins

  • Yield: 9 1x




  1. *Prepare jam if you do not have some already.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add sunflower seed butter, honey, eggs and vanilla extract and mix together.
  4. Then add coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and powder and a pinch of salt and mix well.
  5. Using a silicone muffin pan or greased and lined muffin pan, scoop a large spoonful of the muffin mixture into 9 cups, filling the cups about half way. Then use a small spoonful (a little over 1 teaspoon) of the jam and put in the middle of each cup. Use the rest of the batter to cover each jelly filled cup.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely before eating!


Prep time does not include time it takes to make the jam.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


65 thoughts on ““Peanut Butter” and Jelly Stuffed Muffins”

  1. what would you recommend as a good flour replacement for coconut flour? I’m allergic and sometimes have trouble finding an alternative with the right consistency. thanks!

  2. Do you ever use Tapioca flour? I cant eat coconut & almond flour is too dense, so most paleo recipes for baking are out 🙁

  3. McKenzie Kiichler

    These look fabulous! Definitely considering shipping some of Kyra’s cupcakes out to Omaha, NE here soon now… 🙂

  4. It’s nice to know i’m not the only one who resorts to IG stalking!

    I’m allergic to bananas….why alternatives can you recommend? I’ve often shyed away from making the recipes you have that include bananas but these little nuggets look too great to resist.

      1. I did use almond butter and they are very good except I baked 30 minutes at 350 and they were overbaked and too dry. Check ’em often! Thanks for this recipe, my 5 y.o. daughter and I are big fans!

  5. Nickola Hanaphy

    These sounds AMAZING!! I will make these as my hangover treat.. I am Irish so I think It’s like in the law that I must drink this weekend 😀 enjoy St Patricks day!!

  6. I always notice people’s eyebrows… but that’s probably because I’m a cartoonist, and so I’m always thinking about them when I’m drawing expressions!

    For me, St. Patrick’s Day always involves corned beef and cabbage. It simply can’t NOT be included!

  7. I’m probably going to make a fake Paleo Shamrock Shake and call it a night. We’re driving like five hours roundtrip this weekend to do some shopping in the nearest big city (I know) and then I think I’m going to have to drive another three hours roundtrip for a story I’m writing for this food magazine…eight hours in a car is not conducive to drinking heavily.

    Also, I’m now sitting here staring at your eyebrows in that picture. They just kind of look like eyebrows, right?

  8. Melissa M (jsmphoto)

    This recipe looks great and I plan on making it, maybe with almond butter instead of sunflower seed butter.

    Now you know how I would feel if you ever commented or followed me on IG!!! I would die!! I am so looking forward to volunteering at Paleo f(x)! I am hoping that I get to meet you. I will be listening to you speak.

  9. Why must everyone keep posting amazing recipes….now I have to find time to make this one. I will try not to drink as much this year. Especially cause last week I got drunk and made myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. So at least this weekend i can eat these while drunk and it will be more legit. Thanks!

  10. I used to love Cupcake Wars too until the wife of one of the guys I work with went on the show and I found out how it really works. The contestants have to make their own displays and bring them with them to the show. Those cute carpenter guys don’t build them, the contestants do. They also have to bake the 1,000 cupcakes for the final round ahead of time and bring them to the show, they don’t actually bake 1,000 in the time frame given on the show. So basically the whole show is a farce. My co-workers wife spent several thousand dollars on her display, making all the cupcakes and then transporting them to the TV studio from her hometown. I was so bummed, I used to LOVE this show as I am a baker too. 🙁

  11. You should definitely come to Portland for Kyra’s cupcakes. They are seriously amazing!! I lived right down the street from her bakery for 3 months when I first moved here and had NO idea and was really angry at myself when I figured out how close I was and that I hadn’t been there yet. Best cupcakes ever!

  12. these look stupendous! I’ll be at a kegger tomorrow after tackling 14.3 ! lol — no reason I can’t recover with beer, right???? Beer does NOT sit well with me WHATSOEVER so i may bring my own GF beer , or just stick to another alochol… happy St. Pat’s!

  13. Melissa M (jsmphoto)

    This recipe looks great! I am going to make it soon but probably use almond butter instead.

    Now you know how I would feel if you commented on any of my IG pics!! I am so excited to volunteer at Paleo f(x) this year. I am hoping that I get to meet you but I will for sure be listening to you speak!

  14. I seriously love you. My mom used to make a pb&j muffin growing up, but they were vegetarian. I’ve been craving something like this since I’m pregnant, and you just made me soooooo happy!! 🙂

  15. sunbutter is seriously my new paleo obsession!!
    I finally tried it a month ago and was immediately in love (I haven’t been a fan of almond butters). I love it so much, that after the grocery stores here being sold out for the past 3 weeks, I broke down and just ordered it online and paid probably too much for shipping. But I don’t care… it’s so delicious 🙂

    Now… where to find the time to make these inspiring muffins!! They look divine!

  16. Um…yeah…I’m a little disappointed that the only reason you would come to Oregon is to eat a cupcake. Ouch. You should come for so many more reasons. Yuppers.

    Anyway, let’s try to put the hurt aside and talk about food, because that is what is really important in life, because what are feelings for if you can’t soothe them with food. I am making these now. I also had a fantastic bake-off with a friend the other day. Theme: make as many of Juli’s treats as possible. Um, my mouth is so raw from all of the uncooked, handfuls of almond butter filled yumminess that I “taste-tested”. Keep up the good work!

    …and let me know if you need a few more reasons to do book-signing in Oregon.

  17. Isn’t it funny that we can just cut muffins in half and spoon jam on them? But there’s just something about the “stuffing” and baking part that is amazing.

  18. This is off topic but I’ve been searching your blog posts for… well, way too long and I just can’t find what I’m looking for. Did you mention recently that you started wearing a Fit Bit? I think so because I remember you liking the fireworks. I was just wondering which one you were wearing? Been shopping for one but the reviews are all over the place with them falling off, not being accurate, being the best thing ever, etc etc etc. Would you mind sharing which model you have been wearing?

  19. I made these today but with peanut butter. They were really good. My SO liked them too and he is not a sweets eater. I can’t wait to eat them for breakfast.

  20. I notice your eyebrows because I’m an esthetician! If you are ever in NYC, I want to do them for you! Just bring paleo brownies:))

  21. I made these last night and the muffins are awesome, my only question was how do you get the jelly not to absorb into the muffin? I used your jelly recipe and followed your recipe, but it just soaked into the muffin like a day old PB&J sandwich. Any suggestions?

  22. I just made these on Sunday…they are seriously, dangerously delicious. I didn’t have any jelly and was wayyyyy to lazy to make some so I just plopped some fresh blueberries into the batter and they came out perfect!

  23. Killer combo, Juli! I was eating up the batter embarrassingly….but eventually they made it into muffin form and my boyfriend loved them! I love that they’re nut free, too! So good 🙂

  24. Another great recipe!! I made your jam first and it surely did thicken up nicely and the muffins are moist and yummy. I normally don’t do many treats but I participated in my first crossfit team competition and so I felt like I owed it to myself to indulge in one of your recipes. Thanks for all you do. BTW you got me so addicted to Orange is the New Black and now I am waiting like a crack addict for the next season!

    1. I had the same problem. For my second batch, I even tried to put the jelly on top of the whole muffin, thinking it would soak through halfway, but it still went to the bottom. They’re yummy (a huge hit at my house) but definitely not the same presentation as yours.

  25. Made these in honor of PB+J day– used a heaping cup of applesauce (the last of the homemade stuff from the fall) and almond butter, and it worked just fine! Think my quarter cup of coconut flour was also on the big side..

  26. These were a hit with everyone in my house! My husband was quite impressed with the middle being filled with jelly! 🙂 Thank you for making me look good! 🙂

  27. HI there
    I’m trying to cut down on sweeteners/carbs. If I were to eliminate the honey in this recipe, would I need make any another modifications? Thanks!
    Just found your site and am laughing out loud!

  28. These are so amazingly awesome! My son had just finished off my raspberry stash the other day so I subbed strawberries in instead for the jam and it was so delish!! Thanks for putting together this recipe! I will definitely be making these again!

  29. Made them without honey and used almond butter, since I was fresh out of sunflower seed butter. Wow! These are awesome! I miss pb&j and this is even better. Just love your recipes, it really makes paleo more fun when you can have a tasty treat. If anyone is hesitating making them w/o honey, don’t, still plenty sweet with my tj’s reduced sugar jelly inside. Oh, and I got 12 muffins, score!

  30. So I was super excited to finally try these! And they taste awesome – and look super cute as mini muffins….EXCEPT, they turned green on top!! So bizarre. A couple hours after being out of the oven, the top that were outside the muffin baking cups just kept getting darker and darker and look like they’ll sprout mold at any moment lol. Needless to say I will not be giving them to my new neighbors as planned haha. Think it was the sunbutter brand?? I have no idea!

    1. The green looks weird but is perfectly safe. The cholorgenic acid in sunflower seeds reacts with baking soda/powder and often times sunflower seed baked goods turn green. I found this happens with Sunbutter brand a lot, but I haven’t experimented with many other brands. Next time you can add a splash of lemon juice and that usually prevents the change. OR, make them around St. Paddy’s Day and pretend you’re really festive 😛

  31. I was really nervous to try this recipe, unconventional baking gives my southern, butter, white flour, and sugar loving soul anxiety. But, the recipe was super easy to follow and yummy, even though i got distracted and should have taken them bout at 35 mins… they were a tad over baked at 40 mins.
    The consistency of this muffin was great compared to other Paleo muffins i’ve tried. Next time i would spread a layer of jam instead of a dollop. Mine too sank to the bottom.

  32. Hey Juli, These muffins were great and the hubs LOVED them! Are you coming to the Washington DC area at all on this book tour? I have already pre-ordered the cookbook. Can’t wait!!!

  33. Just made these and they are delicious! I used lemon-raspberry marmalade, 2 eggs, and 1/4 cup PB when I ran out of sunbutter (all of this is just what I had available). Still came out perfecto!

    Only baked 30 minutes.

    Love the jammy filling 🙂

  34. These were so good! My bf liked them so much he requested that I make them for his family vacation. That being said, my jam did not stay in the middle. Any thoughts on how to prevent it from just merging into the bottom half of the muffin? They weren’t soaked, but pretty wet. Perhaps bake the first layer for a bit before adding the jam and rest of the batter?

  35. Yum! These were so good and my jelly did NOT sink to the bottom. Maybe the previous commenters were at a different altitude? Anyways, these muffins were great and the baby in belly loves them too 🙂

  36. These are delicious! I was looking for an alternative to a pb&j sandwich to send my son for lunch at school and these are perfect. I did make a couple changes to use what I had on hand. I used 1/4 cup peanut butter and a 1/2 cup almond butter. I omitted the honey per other reviewers suggestions and thought the were plenty sweet without it. I also had to take them out of the oven at 28 minutes. They were definitely done. I did not have an issue with the jelly sinking to the bottom. It stayed perfectly in the middle. Thanks for the great recipe!

  37. how do you keep your muffins from turning green? I have never used sun butter before, and I was horrified this morning when I saw them. Then I read about that being the norm for sun butter; I just think my kids will be put off by the color.

    1. hahaha that’s a tough one. that’s the reaction between sunbutter and baking soda. there really isn’t anything you can do about it other than use a different nut/seed butter

      1. ok good to know! I read other people adding a small amount of cocoa powder to other recipes to mask the color but I don’t think the flavor would work with this recipe lol.

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