The Captain’s New Twist on Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Welch's PB & J Bagel with Chia Seeds

I think it is fair to say that most kids enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  I know my kids sure do.  Our family goes through a jar of jelly in a short time because we like it with toast, biscuits, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, too, of course.  Our preference has always been Welch's grape and strawberry jelly, so I was VERY excited when I saw that Welch's Natural spreads contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or colors, and no preservatives.  Welch's strawberry spreads are made with sweet, vine-ripened strawberries.  Welch's grape spreads are made with Welch's very own Concord grapes grown in the U.S. and Canada.

no high fructose corn syrup

We decided to put a new twist on the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, something with added nutrition to it.  I love chia seeds in my cereal and other food items.  Chia seeds are great for added calcium, Omega fatty acids, and natural antioxidants.  Captain Fussybuckets loves to help out in the kitchen and help make his own food, so I knew that if I made it fun (and pretended like it was his idea) to stir some Chia seeds into the peanut butter for this peanut butter & jelly creation, he would be gung ho, and he was! 


Here's the Captain's FUN new recipe for Peanut Butter & Jelly Bagels with Chia Seeds!


  • Welch's Concord Grape and/or Strawberry Natural Spreads
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of Chia seeds
  • 2 thin bagels, cut in half


  1. Toast bagels.
  2. Stir in 1 tsp of Chia seeds into the 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
  3. Spread Welch's jelly on one half of the toasted bagel.
  4. Spread peanut butter with Chia seeds onto other half of toasted bagel.
  5. Put bagel together and eat!

natural strawberry

This creation was a HIT for both of the boys, and it was even "grown up" enough for Daddy and I to really enjoy it, too!  Check out the Captain (aka "Jelly Man") telling us exactly how this creation is made:

Baby D isn't into sandwiches thought this bagel was delicious!

Welch's jelly



April 2nd is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day and Welch's is having a fun contest on their Facebook page to celebrate!  Check out the PB&J Your Way contest and you could win $500 and a year's supply of Welch's grape jelly!  Plus, 50 people will win a sandwich keeper, too!

Follow Welch's on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on contests, coupons, and fun promotions!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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Gena is the mom of three boys, ages 7, 5, and 2. She is the wife of a great man, a Christian, blogger, and former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom. They live in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area.


  1. I am seriously jealous of all the counter space that you have! I could start a peanut butter and jelly assembly line!

    • I was wondering if someone would mention that….lol.  Okay, confession time.  My kitchen is too small so we recorded at our church!  đź™‚

  2. I never knew you could buy a jam that was so pure! YUM! Its on my shopping list!

  3. I'm pretty sure my kids would love this variation of their favorite sandwich!

  4. I LOVE the strawberry one. It takes just like the home made jam my friend's mom made when I was a kid.

  5. The Chia seeds are a great idea! Thanks for sharing. 

  6. YES! No artificial dyes or corn syrup. I'm in!

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