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14 Ways To Instantly Upgrade Your Peanut Butter And Jelly (RECIPES)

As good as peanut butter and jelly already is, it can be EVEN better.

There is no sandwich more perfect than the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Although it's nothing fancy -- just two pieces of bread topped with peanut butter (on both sides) and jelly -- the two spreads get along like lifelong friends.

Peanut butter and jelly work harmoniously together to make sandwich perfection. The sweet jelly cuts the stickiness of the peanut butter in the nicest of ways. And peanut butter balances out the sugariness of the fruity jelly.

While we do prescribe to the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" school of thought, we can't help but feel creative when thoughts of PB&J are in our heads. Not only can you make cakes, cookies and muffins with this perfect duo (seriously, you need to try these), but we've found countless ways to upgrade your everyday PB&J -- not that it needs it, but just for kicks. Think bacon, chocolate and French toast.

Scroll down for the 14 ways you can make your peanut butter and jelly sandwich even better than it already is.

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1
Add Fresh Fruit
Flickr: skinny.jeans
It's like peanut butter and jelly just got a fresh new 'do.
2
Grill It
Flickr: Marshed
If it makes sense for a cheese sandwich, why not for peanut butter and jelly?
3
Add Butter
Flickr: bigoteetoe
Trust Ruth Reichl when she says that butter elevates PB&J to a whole new realm of awesome.
4
Turn It Into French Toast
Macaroni and Cheesecake
Yes and yes.Get the Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast Sandwich recipe by Macaroni and Cheesecake.
5
Get Serious, And Deep Fry It
Flickr: ladybugbkt
Don't be scared, just give it a try. This is the natural next step after PB&J French toast.Get the Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly recipe at Leite's Culinaria.
6
Burger-ize It
Flickr: Alaina B.
OK, maybe this doesn't resemble a PB&J at all, but it is a burger with peanut butter and jelly ON IT. It's awesome.
7
Give It A French Twist, With A Crepe
Flickr: Tavallai
Just because the French don't understand the beauty of peanut butter doesn't mean this international combination isn't completely awesome.
8
Make It Into A Donut
Heather Christo
Because, of course. All you need are glazed donuts, jelly and peanut butter to get it done. Get the Peanut Butter And Jelly Donut recipe by Heather Christo.
9
Replace Jelly With Nutella, Add Bacon
Flickr: johnleesandiego
Peanut butter's getting serious.
10
Skip The Bread, Use Pancakes
Heather Christo
Making mornings better.Get the recipe.
11
Make It An Elvis
Flickr: jamieanne
If peanut butter, banana and sometimes bacon was good enough for Elvis, it's good enough for us.
12
Replace The Bread With Pound Cake
Flickr: CraftNClutter
You won't regret this.
13
Club It
Flickr: Dan Zen
Because one peanut butter and jelly is never enough.
14
Make It A S'more
Flickr: Betty Crocker Recipes
It's like the Fluffernutter and PB&J made best friends with chocolate.
15
But Whatever You Do...
Flickr: thelittleone417
When it comes to PB&J: Go big, or go home. This great sandwich deserves at least that.
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