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Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Pb and j bars little bitty bakes

It’s back to school time (*sigh*).  So long, slow mornings and days filled with sunshine and relaxation…  I know a lot of kids already started school, and I myself start school today!

Back to school time makes me think about peanut butter and jelly.  Maybe it’s the excessive amount of pb&j sandwich lunches I ate in school growing up, or my newfound obsession with pb&j wraps for a quick breakfast (ohmygosh, so good)… or maybe it’s these peanut butter and jelly bars.

Pbandj bars

The dough for this recipe is more or less a peanut butter cookie dough, but with oats as well.  Peanut butter + oats = chewy, nutty deliciousness.

The recipe is simple to prepare: just mix up your dough, press the majority of it into your pan, spread with your jam or jelly of choice, and then sprinkle the remaining cookie dough on top.

Pbj bars

I went with strawberry jam here, since it’s what I had on hand, but I would totally be into a variation with red or black raspberry jam (both my favorites). Really though, can you go wrong?! 😉

These bars are perfect for a quick snack, simple dessert, or, a perfect ending to a school lunch! 😉

Pbj bars little bitty bakes

[print_this]Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

Crisp, chewy peanut butter cookie bars with a layer of sweet strawberry jam.  Feel free to vary the recipe with your favorite flavor jam or jelly. 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Makes 15 bars

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam (or preferred jam/jelly)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the butter, peanut butter, and sugar until creamy.  Add the vanilla and egg; stir until smooth.

In a separate mixing bowl, stir the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture, stirring until combined.

Press 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan.  Spread the jam evenly over the cookie dough.  Crumble the remaining cookie dough over the jam layer.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the bars are golden brown.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.

Adapted from this recipe.[/print_this]


Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola

PB and J Granola

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  I have the week off for spring break, so I am looking forward to a little relaxation.  Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to relax enough for you as well. 😉

My weekend was fairly low key since I’d been feeling quite under the weather, but didn’t stop me from making a recipe I’ve had my eye on for awhile — Sally’s peanut butter and jelly granola.  Yes!Peanut butter and jelly granola

I didn’t have all the mix-ins that Sally uses in her PB&J granola, so I made a variety of adjustments to the recipe to account for that.  But let me tell you, this recipe is a real winner — dangerously delicious, I’d say!

If you have coconut oil, use it!  But if you don’t, canola oil works just fine.  To be honest, the peanut butter and jelly flavors really mask the coconut flavor.  Which just means I’m going to need to make another granola soon that lets my beloved coconut oil shine.  Anyway…

Peanut butter and grape jelly granola

I used grape jelly because a) that was one of my favorite flavors for PB&J’s growing up (grape and raspberry… strawbs never did it for me), and b), if I’m being honest, grape was all I had in my fridge. 🙂

Is it bad that I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to take down this entire (5 cup!) batch in less than a week?  Don’t answer that. 😉

[print_this]Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola

Crunchy, nutty peanut butter granola with grape jelly baked right in.  You can substitute your favorite jam or jelly for the grape.  

Makes about 5 cups

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil (or canola oil)
  • 1/3 cup jelly (or jam; I used organic grape jelly)

Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the oats and flaxseed to combine.

In a separate microwaveable bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey, and oil.  Microwave on high for about 30 seconds or until melted.  Stir to combine.  Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats; stir until the oats are coated evenly.  Stir in the jelly.

Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.  Bake 40 minutes, stirring every 15 to 20 minutes.  Allow the granola to cool completely before storing.

Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.[/print_this]