Turn everyone’s favorite childhood sandwich into a gourmet frozen treat with these peanut butter and roasted grape jelly popsicles! (By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Table Grape Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.)
peanut butter and roasted grape jelly popsicles

Some days, the prospect of being five years old again has a certain allure to it.

You’d get to eat Cheerios off the floor without thinking twice about where they’d been, nap time (up to 3x a day!!) would be a matter-of-course, and having puffballs where your cheeks should be would be totally en vogue.

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I think about this most when I’m hit with some of the hard stuff, and yesterday was one of those days.

September is always going to be a rough month for me, but we had another death in the family yesterday and all I wanted was to be small enough to curl up in my parents’ laps and be shielded from it all.

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Obviously that’s not possible at this point in my life.

But what I can do is stuff my face with peanut butter and jelly popsicles. Which are kind of like childhood in frozen treat form.

Although these popsicles do have a bit of a grown-up edge with some homemade roasted grape puree thrown into the mix. And the awesome thing about that is that it’s not only ultra delicious but grapes of all colors are super healthy. They are a natural source of antioxidants and other polyphenols, have no fat, no cholesterol, virtually no sodium, and are rich in potassium and vitamin K. Plus a 3/4 cup serving is only 90 calories. Winning.

This is my submission for this month’s Recipe Redux sponsored recipe contest with the California Table Grape Commission. To see what everyone else whipped up, check out these links! 

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One year ago...Tomato Tart

Two years ago...Summer Vegetable Ragout with Exotic Curry Sauce, Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango

Three years ago...Cannellini Beans with Fresh Basil, Tomatoes, Capers and Zucchini over Polenta

Four years ago...Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Peanut Butter and Roasted Grape Jelly Popsicles
 
Turn everyone's favorite childhood sandwich into a gourmet frozen treat with these peanut butter and roasted grape jelly popsicles!
Yield: 6 popsicles
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups grapes
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • ½ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Spread grapes in a glass baking pan and roast for 50-60 minutes or until juicy and just starting to shrivel. Let cool.
  3. Puree roasted grapes in a blender or food processor. Pass through a fine-meshed sieve to remove any pieces of skin.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, agave nectar, and milk.
  5. Fill popsicle ½ to ¾ full with peanut butter mix. Top off with the grape jelly. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze for 3-4 hours or until solid.
Notes
An Eats Well With Others original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 popsicle

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77 Responses to Peanut Butter and Roasted Grape Jelly Popsicles

  1. Sending you {{ hugs }} to get through everything. I saw these popsicles on Flickr yesterday and couldn’t wait to come here and see what they were!

  2. Roasted grape jelly?! I love it! What a great idea and these look so so yummy!

  3. debbie says:

    Sorry that things are tough for you right now. Sometimes life just kicks us to our knees. These popsicles are definitely a plus. The perfect “pick me up!”

  4. I am so so sorry that you had another loss. You should just be able to start skipping over September. I also sometimes wish I was a kid again where so much of the tough parts of life didn’t even exist! These popsicles would certainly take me back.

  5. Chewthefat says:

    I just read your post about your father. My mother passed away in September, nine years ago, and she also didn’t seek treatment until very, very late in her illness. September is a hard month but the childish images of school supplies and peanut butter and jelly things bring some levity and help me forget the bad things that happened during this season.

  6. I’m sorry you’re having a rough go at things right now. Loss is never easy, double loss is always harder. And I’m sorry that you have to go through this but know you aren’t alone. And know that everyone will be dying for these popsicles. They are amazing.

  7. I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I read your post about your father, too — my grandma did a similar thing. She’d had breast cancer several times and would sometimes tell us and sometimes not tell us. When she had cancer for the final time, none of us found out until it had spread to her brain and she was more or less unable to be herself. I’m one of those people who eats their feelings, and at least you have these popsicles because I think one of these frozen blocks of childhood would be the perfect comfort food.

  8. So sorry to hear of your loss, Joanne. Thinking of you this month…
    These popsicles are a bright spot though, for sure :) I love how short and simple the ingredient list is.

  9. Blond Duck says:

    This is the best thing ever invented.

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss Joanne! Good luck for the competition xxx

  11. Monica says:

    So sorry about your Dad and another loss in your family.
    I love eating things from my childhood that bring me back to a simpler, more carefree time.

  12. Ahh, so sorry to hear about your loss and that this month’s been rough (maybe the second half will be better.) I’m traveling but when I get home these will be the first things I make – I’m loving roasting grapes now and peanut butter is its own food group in my house :)

  13. Jeanette says:

    Joanne, so sorry to hear about your loss. I know how it feels to just want to curl up on the couch and forget about everything. You’re a strong person and I’ll be praying for you.

  14. SallyBR says:

    Very sorry to hear about your loss… A warm, virtual hug going your way….

  15. I am so sorry to hear about your loss Joanne- thinking of you.
    These popsicles are too fun! Love the classic childhood flavors.

  16. Eff September! My terrible month is January and even though I hate it, I find a way to come out at the end hoping the next month with bring everything January wasn’t. Hopefully you can do the same. Tons of hugs being sent your way, lovely!

  17. Im so sorry to here about your loss. We are praying for your family. But wow these popsicles are amazing and look so cute too! Good luck in the contest hope you win!!

  18. Johanna says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Joanna. These popsicles look yummy! I’m obsessed with PB&J.

  19. So sorry for your loss, Joanne! Sending good thoughts and a big hug your way!

  20. take care of yourself lady. These popsicles look like the perfect treat for a difficult time. Sending good thoughts your way.

  21. Tara says:

    My condolences, Joanna. Good thing you have your family to help support you during this hard time.

  22. Dawn says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Those popsicles look delish. Good luck with the contest!

  23. Hang in there, Joanne. It doesn’t sound like it’s the brightest period for you right now. This recipe is such a cheery reprieve, I hope you can find some reflection in it as well. Thanks for putting this post together.

  24. Sending you hugs and prayers. Must be hard to get through this month. This is a great comfort food recipe and it does remind me of a childhood treat.

  25. Sending you e-hugs!

    I still eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every single afternoon so I need to have these popsicles now too! They look great!

  26. Pam says:

    Oh Joanne… I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love, hugs, and positive vibes your way. These popsicles would make anyone feel better. YUM.

  27. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Joanne. I’d love to be 5 again…and these popsicles sound like the perfect treat. i totally still eat pb and j sandwiches…

  28. Amy says:

    Oh sweetheart, no 5YO takes 3 naps a day. Both mine stopped napping at 2 1/2 *facepalm* ALSO? Trevor is constantly says he wants to be a grown up so he can have more than 2 cookies and at anytime during the day. To which I say, “Ya. You’ll also have fun paying those bills. Good luck with that.” Tough love! Lol.

    SO sorry about yesterday. 9/12 is miserable for you. Let’s just delete that day off the calendar, k?

  29. Really sorry to hear about your loss, stay strong, and this too shall pass. What is not to love about becoming a kid again..sending you a tight virtual hug..
    these are some gourmet looking frozen treats you have there, hope it helps you to lighten up a bit.

  30. Oh no Joanne! I am sorry to hear that you a death in your family. sending hugs xoxox

  31. These popsicles look so beautiful with the purple ombre! I am sending you positive thoughts. Please take care.

  32. Shanon says:

    Oh Joanne-I am sad to hear this news. I’m sending you a giant virtual hug.

    I hope things get better for you soon.

    I have to add that your recipe is absolutely brilliant. I hope you win!

  33. Thinking of you sweet girl! September is rough for you, but you will kick ass in November – you have a special guardian angel making sure of it. *hugs*

  34. Oh gosh, Joanne, I am so sorry for your loss. Peanut butter and jelly, in any form, has always been a tremendous comfort to me… and my lunch most days that I spend locked in the kitchen testing recipes! Big hugs.

  35. Kate says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It certainly seems like things pile on, doesn’t it?

  36. These popsicles are so pretty and sound great and easy to make. I’m sorry you’re having a rough September. Hopefully it will get better soon :)

  37. I’m sorry for your loss, Joanne. Losing a parent is hard, and more on top of that just doesn’t seem fair. Believe me, I know. I will say that I love these popsicles. Just enjoy one of these and focus on good things for a bit!

  38. Jessie says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about a loss in your family, Joanne – hugs and love and warm thoughts are coming your way. And I think we should be allowed to act like we’re five years old sometimes and just curl up in the warmth of those we love. You’ve done a fabulous job with the grape contest. These popsicles are genius – *hugs*

  39. You are hands down the most talented food blogger in the blogosphere. That is all!

  40. So sorry to hear about your family’s loss. Some months are just bad. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. Hope these popsicles help :)

  41. cquek says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about a loss in your family . Take good care!

  42. Veronica says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had another loss, and during the month of the loss of your Dad a year ago. :( Life is really hard sometimes! Thank God for popsicles by Joanne.

  43. I amn so sorry for your loss! Hope you can find some comfort in these popsicles.

  44. Simply Life says:

    what a creative popsicle! I love this!

  45. Simply Life says:

    …and so sorry to hear of your loss.

  46. Sorry to hear about your loss, Joanne.
    These popsicles look great!

  47. Sam says:

    PB&J really do make everything better. I’ve been looking at the bowl of concord grapes on my counter and thinking about how great it would be if I had some grape jelly right now.

    Sending positive thoughts/prayers/etc your way. <3

  48. I’m sorry to hear about another loss. I agree that it’s sometimes nice thinking about being a kid again, but being a grown-up isn’t so bad either *hug*

    I’d love one of these popsicles!

  49. BEYOND love! What a fabulous idwa for a pop, Jo :). I’m sorry to hear about your loss.

  50. Oh my, it takes a lot to get me back into popsicles at this time of year, and you did it! I love these, especially the color palette! Good luck!

  51. Peanut butter and jelly combo is a classic and I think I could eat it in any form. Love this popsicle idea. Looks so refreshing. :)

  52. Erica says:

    What a great idea! They look delicious, Joanne!!

  53. sippitysup says:

    PB&J is for all times of life, especially the tough ones. I’m sorry for you loss. GREG

  54. I love roasted grapes and don’t use them enough, and I love the idea of using them in popsicles! So sorry to hear about your loss though, sending you hugs!

  55. Christine says:

    Joanne, terribly sorry to hear of the loss of another you loved. Sending you a big hug!

  56. grape jelly popsicles? Ouaou i like it and i can not imagine the taste with peanut butter !
    I’m so sorry for your loss Joanne :/

  57. Funny, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches is not something I ever grew up with, and I think that is the same for most Kiwi kids, but I could certainly get to love the combo in popsicle form.

    Gosh can hardly believe it’s a year since you lost your Dad, and I’m sure it’s still as painful now as it was back then. So sorry that you’ve just lost another family member too. Sending thoughts and hugs your way.
    xo

  58. daphne says:

    Who would have thought? PB in a popsicle?
    I’m so sorry to hear about your lost. Hope you find some comfort and take care of yourself. xx

  59. LOVE this. I just experimented with roasting grapes about a month ago. So good. Who knew? I’d go back to being 5 years old any day…summer popsicles were my childhood jam.

  60. Big hugs Joanne! I hope you find the time to heal and find solace in this time of pain.

  61. Ashley says:

    (((hugs))) Hope you and your family are hangin’ in there, girlie. These popsicles look fantastic! And they’re oh so pretty :)

  62. Velva says:

    My condolences to you :-(

    I hope that you win the recipe contest with these peanut butter and roasted grape popsicles. These do have a kid quality with a grown-up edge. Nice!

    Velva

  63. I love peanut butter and grape jelly! But roasted grape jelly? YUM! I know I’ll love this popsicle. Thanks for posting this Joanne!

  64. Wow it has never occurred to be to put grapes in the oven, – it sounds delicious (and looks wonderful too!)

    I am very sorry for your loss, Joanne. Do take care :)

  65. Joanne, I am so sorry for your loss. You have had such a rough few years, I can see that curling up a la childhood would be more than appealing at times – it is for all of us I think but especially so when things are especially tough. These popsicles look delightful and I hope you have plenty on hand this week.

    On a different note, thanks so much for your comment re. a possible NYC catch up. We’re there very briefly but if it proved possible that would be great – I will email you!

  66. sandra says:

    What a brilliant idea. Joanne you always amaze me. I am sorry I didn’t get my act together to make my grape gazpacho but I will eventually. It has been on my list ever since I saw it on Kahakai Kitchen!

  67. sandra says:

    and I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard to express emotions via blog comments, but I hope you are okay.

  68. grace says:

    sorry you’re having hard times, joanne. i’m sure you’ll power through with finesse.
    these popsicles are ingenious!

  69. I am so sorry I missed this post!
    I’ve been busy chasing the last few days of summer–I’m in denial that fall is coming…..
    These pops are like heavenly to me (aka the pb junkie).
    You are so creative girl.

  70. Reeni says:

    Aww I’m so sorry for your loss! Sending hugs your way! These are the most unique popsicles I’ve ever laid eyes on. Grape jelly has always been my favorite! Can’t even imagine how yummy they are.

  71. Juliana says:

    Oh Joanne, I am sorry to hear about your loss…hope things get better for you.
    I love the look of this popsicle…great flavors.

  72. Johanna GGG says:

    sorry to hear about the death in the family – if it is any comfort – if you were 5 again you would be refusing all that lovely sleep that you are due and wishing you could stay up all night like the grown ups – but seriously I know the feeling and I am glad you have these gorgeous popsicles for far better comfort than I can offer

  73. Oh, honey. All the hugs your way. Escapism via popsicle is my kind of escapism. Love the sound of the roasted grape puree, too!

  74. Colynn says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss! I fully believe that you can make it through anything…you are definitely Super Woman. (Though it would be nice if we could curl up in our parents’ laps again). Keep the faith,,,,you have already done such amazing things with your life. You are an inspiration to us all. :)

    And these popsicles look like they’re kick butt!

  75. Joanne, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you are doing okay, my thoughts are with you.

    The popsicles are awesome!!

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