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It’s Stacy: Healthy Eats — Halloween Peanut Butter & Jelly muffins

Halloween peanut butter & jelly muffins

My Great Grandmother, Arizona Henry, enjoyed making me these peanut butter and jelly muffins for Halloween. After they came out of the oven, Grandma would add black licorice and candy corn to the top. She would laugh as I ate the muffin, telling me that the jelly was the guts of the muffin. It was a fun time for me and just the right amount of scariness. Grandma never let me have too much candy because she said it would rot my teeth, and I would end up like her: toothless. Then, she would take her false teeth out to show me.

Peanut butter, eaten by itself, is a healthy food that I encourage people with diabetes to eat as a snack between meals. Peanut butter is made by grinding dry roasted peanuts. Look carefully at the food labels so that you don’t buy peanut butter with added sugar and salt. Peanut butter is high in fiber, B-complex vitamins, and antioxidants. I like to eat my peanut butter on celery or right out of the jar. However you like to eat your peanut butter, just eat more of it.

Halloween Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

2 cups flour

1 ½ tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 cup milk

2 eggs

⅓ cup oil

⅔ cup sugar

2 cups creamy peanut butter

1 cup of your favorite jelly or jam

¼ cup sugar

candy corn & black licorice


  1. Pre-heat oven at 375°.
  2. Spray muffin pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, sugar, peanut butter, and oil.
  4. Blend on low speed.
  5. Fill muffin pan with half-full of batter.
  6. Add 2 teaspoon jelly or jam on top of batter.
  7. Add the remaining divided batter to muffin cups.
  8. Sprinkle with sugar.
  9. Bake on 375° for 18-20 minutes.
  10. Add candy corn and black licorice on top of the hot muffin.


Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes” and “Great Grandma Zona’s Wisdom & recipes: Comfort food made easy.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.