Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Pancakes

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 My family enjoys having breakfast for dinner on frequent occasions.  Because my husband and I both work we don’t really have that much time in the morning to sit down and have a nice breakfast.  We are always rushing out of the door.  However, we love breakfast food so we try to have breakfast for dinner at least once a week.
Because we are all out of the house all day, we feel it is really important that we sit down every night and eat dinner together as a family.  This is our way to catch up with each other’s days and enjoy family time. However, during that time we sometimes get distracted by technology, like television, computers, cell phones, and tablets when we should be focused on each other.  My husband likes to watch television and check his tablet during dinner and my son ends up watching TV too.  I have a hard time not checking my blog or my email.
Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge
Family dinner is a great time to connect with your family. Family time can easily be hindered by technology. That’s why Power of Family Meals is proposing that families disconnect to reconnect at mealtimes. Disconnect to Reconnect is a movement to get families to unplug at the table. Power of Family Meals is encouraging families to gather around the table for meals without screens (phones, TVs, iPads, handheld devices) at one meal, once a week.  This is a great thing because family meals offer us precious time to reconnect with each other.
Because I feel that family dinner helps us to reconnect and I think it is hard to do that with electronic devices on, I decided to have our family try the Disconnect to Reconnect Pledge.  We had a lot of fun talking as a family without interference from our phones and the television that is usually on.  We all discussed our days and what was going on and had fun talking about the baby we are expecting in September and what names we liked for the baby.  While we always try to eat together every night, I think it was important to reconnect without everyone looking at devices or screens.  I encourage everyone to try to disconnect and have a family dinner at least once a week.  We plan on having at least one meal a week, if not more, where we disconnect all technology.


Disconnect to Reconnect
We decided to have a great breakfast for dinner and reconnect with each other.  I think it is important to make the meal fun so that everyone is excited about spending time together.  Other things you could do as a family are have a family game night after dinner or we like to try to go on walks or play outside when it is nice out.  I think that having breakfast for dinner is always fun, so I thought that would make a fun family dinner to make peanut butter and jelly pancakes.
For our breakfast for dinner I decided to make a fun breakfast of Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Pancakes.  These peanut butter pancakes are swirled with strawberry spread and are topped with a strawberry maple syrup.  This fun breakfasts combines one of my son’s favorite sandwiches with pancakes.
The pancakes were really good, I loved the peanut butter pancakes with the swirls of jelly in them.  I also really loved the strawberry maple syrup on top.  To make it I combined maple syrup and strawberry spread.  It tasted fantastic with the peanut butter pancakes.  This was a great breakfast to eat while reconnecting with my family over dinner. I hope that you try these delicious pancakes and that you try disconnecting so that you can reconnect with your family.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Pancakes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Pancakes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1/4 cup Smucker's Strawberry Fruit Spread (or use your favorite flavor of Smucker's jelly or jam)
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup Smucker's Strawberry Fruit Spread (or use your favorite flavor of Smucker's jelly or jam)


  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix together the peanut butter, sugar and oil until smooth. Whisk in the egg and milk until combined. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until combined.
  3. Gently stir in the fruit spread into the batter. Do not stir it in completely so that you leave a swirl in the batter.
  4. Heat a pancake griddle or skillet over medium heat. Grease with butter or cooking spray.
  5. Once the griddle is hot, pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the griddle and spread into a circle. Cook the pancake for about 1 minute on each side or until browned. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  6. Combine the cup of fruit spread and maple syrup in a small bowl and microwave for about 1 minute. Pour the strawberry maple syrup over the pancakes to serve.


I used strawberry fruit spread, but feel free to use your favorite flavor of jelly or jam.

Peanut Butter Pancake recipe adapted from Your Home Based Mom.

Please be sure to visit the Power of Family Meals website and like them on Facebook and Twitter so you can get more ideas on Disconnecting to Reconnect.


  1. I just made homemade strawberry syrup the other day but it never occurred to me to use it on pb pancakes. Yummy.

  2. In peanut butter and jelly pancakes you have us mixing peanut butter , sugar and oil together. there is know oil in recipe. How much oil do we need?
    Can’t wait to try recipe.

  3. Ohhhh… What a lovely combination. I love breakfast for supper and this sounds like a delicious way to switch it up!


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