Decadently Easy PB&J French Toast

Want a quick & easy breakfast recipe that's kid-friendly and delicious? Try Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast; PB&J French Toast is also an easy brunch idea.

Let Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast Fuel Your Morning:

Already a fan of regular French toast? Looking for something a little different for lazy weekend mornings at home? Or a surprisingly elegant dish for your next brunch? What about Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast? PB&J French Toast is deliciously decadent, but SO simple to make!

I first had Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast at a mamas’ brunch last spring, and I was hooked. Besides the peanut butter’s extra protein helping to power you through your morning, the warm jam and melted PB make this treat extra-delicious for grownups and kids alike.

So if you’re ready for a breakfast/brunch star that’s deliciously different, give PB&J French Toast a try. Ready for the super-simple step-by-step?

If you’ve never made French toast before, you should also check out my recipe for more traditional Fast & Easy French Toast.

Decadently Easy PB&J French Toast

What you need:

  • Sliced white or whole-wheat sandwich bread (slightly stale = fine)
  • Peanut butter
  • Your favorite flavor of jelly or jam
  • Eggs
  • Milk or half-and-half
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil

The basic idea:

  1. You will need approximately one egg per slice of bread you’re using. Crack eggs into a shallow bowl. Add a splash each of milk/half and half and vanilla extract (as well as a dash of cinnamon, if you like). Beat with a fork until well blended; set aside.
  2. Lay out bread slices on a cutting board in pairs. Spread half the slices with approximately 1-2T peanut butter per slice, and the other half with a similar amount of jam or jelly. Put the slices together to make sandwiches.
  3. Preheat your electric skillet to 350 degrees F; add 1-2 T oil and stir to coat. (Or heat a large pan or griddle on the top of the stove over medium-high heat.) Dip each sandwich into your egg batter, allowing both sides of the sandwich to sit in the batter briefly, so that the sandwich is thoroughly coated in egg. (Make more batter as needed.)
  4. Place the sandwiches in the heated frying pan. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown. Remove from pan.
  5. Cut into quarters to serve. Eat like sandwiches while still warm, or add maple syrup and eat with a knife/fork.

Mix it up:

Instead of regular peanut butter & jelly French toast, try one of these yummy variations:

  • Swapping in your fave PB alternative (almond butter, sunflower seed, etc), or substituting apple butter for the jam/jelly
  • Using your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread or cookie spread (e.g., Biscoff) instead of the peanut butter
  • Making a peanut butter and banana sandwich or Nutella and banana sandwich before battering/cooking (think warm French crêpe – if you’ve never had a warm French crêpe along these lines, trust me, it’s delicious!)
  • For a super-protein-packed option, swapping the jam/jelly for a slice of American cheese (if you’ve never tried this combination, it’s yummy AND filling!)
  • Instead of peanut butter and jelly, using cream cheese and orange marmalade or lemon curd
  • Using a savory artisan bread (rosemary, garlic, cheesy, etc.) with cream cheese and a spicy pepper jelly

Have you tried PB&J French Toast before? What other delicious combinations can you think of? Let us know in the comments!

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31 thoughts on “Decadently Easy PB&J French Toast”

  1. Omg can we say yum?!? I just love French toast. Never thought about making it peanut butter and jelly flavored! Sounds delicious

  2. I was wondering at first if you could sub almond butter since I can’t stand peanut butter, then I saw your variations! Nutella would be amazing on this, too. Or maybe some chocolate spread and bananas. So many options!

    1. One of these days, when the girls aren’t around, I’m going to try the almond butter version with bananas/top it with honey. My girls detest almond butter like you detest peanut butter LOL…

    1. I love French Toast for breakfast because it’s so filling (protein + carbs), but the extra protein in this version from the peanut butter makes it even more so!!!

  3. Wow! I have to say I have never thought about making PB&J french toast, although we make regular PB&J all the time. What a clever idea, and I love the tips at the end for changing it up – my kids get bored so fast 🙂

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