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5-Minute Peanut Butter, Jelly & Banana Parfait

Updated on November 22, 2014
Peanut Butter and Jelly Parfait
Peanut Butter and Jelly Parfait

Now and then, I'm faced with the challenge of whipping up something sweet at the last minute and most of the time I surprise myself with what I come up with. Today was no exception. A friend came over for a chat and for the first time in ages, I didn't have anything prepared.

A Dessert in 5 Minutes?

As I looked around my kitchen to see what I had - jar of peanut butter, some fruit preserves, a couple of bananas and some whipped cream - the only thing that came to mind was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As I continued my search for a magic ingredient, I found a half-eaten box of cookies leftover from sometime last week, hidden under a bag of almond flour. Then it hit me. Bingo! Why not make a peanut butter, jelly and banana parfait?

This is probably one of the easiest desserts I've ever made and it took less than 10 minutes to put together. I whipped my own cream so that probably took the longest ( 5 minutes ). If you use cool whip instead of the cream, you can assemble this dessert in less than 5 minutes.

Make with Your Favorite Fruits

If you don't like bananas, you can use strawberries or any fruit in season. Although this recipe says 2 servings, it's a pretty big serving. If you're serving this after a heavy meal, this is enough for 4.

*Photo taken by myself.

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Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 2-4


  • 2 bananas
  • 4 small cookies
  • 1 cup cool whip ( or whipped heavy cream with 4 teaspoons sugar )
  • 4 tablespoons fruit preserves
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter


  1. Put a dollop of cream in a tall glass.
  2. Crumble a cookie on top of the cream.
  3. Add 1/4 sliced banana.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon fruit preserve.
  5. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter.
  6. Crumble another cookie for the next layer.
  7. Add another layer of cream.
  8. Add sliced bananas on top.
  9. Finish off with a dollop of fruit preserve.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks CherylsArt. It's so easy to make and simply delicious.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Sounds tasty. I've made some smoothies with banana and nut butters that have been simply scrumptious. I'm sure your parfait is awesome as well.

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      Fun recipe! It's up on our G+ page today!

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      Brilliant! And it sounds so easy. I'm not a big cook - it has to be a special occasion - but I could do this I reckon. Btw was it smooth or crunchy peanut butter?! (Or does it matter?!) Great fun and great lens. Thanks. :0)

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      Delicious and easy to make, great recipe!

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      Reshel 4 years ago from Sierra Nevada ~ Reno

      Very creative and so kid friendly, I love it! Gonna try it on my grandchildren over the weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Very creative on short notice!! I like it Thanks :)

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      glowchick 4 years ago

      This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing, I'm always on the lookout for quick desserts :)

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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago

      This looks delicious and I love how creative you are with just a few ingredients!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I saw the picture and knew it had to be one of your lenses. I was right - and I'm not disappointed! Love your creativity (and, of course, your awesome food photos!).

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This looks awesome!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Yummy. I will have to visit you, so you can whip me up a special treat. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Easy, quick and delicious! How can you go wrong. Sounds great!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      A nice easy simple dessert. I like it!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Might just try this one for breakfast this morning! Looks delicious, and it has peanut butter in it. I'm sold.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      very creative! and easy and fast, thanks for this one - pinned to my food board :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What a great idea! My grandson loves PB&Js so I know he would love this recipe.