PB & J Oatmeal Bars. Because the obsession is real.
I don’t know about you, but there is just something so wonderful about the combination of peanut butter and jelly. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m not gonna believe you. Maybe it’s because the flavor combo brings me back to being a kid, or maybe it’s because pb & j is just so freaking good. But, I honestly crave peanut butter and jelly more times than I feel comfortable admitting. I’m addicted. But that’s just fine, without those cravings these pb & j oatmeal bars would have never come to existence. For me at least.
The best way that I could describe these pb & j oatmeal bars would be this. Chewy, sweet, and everything snack time is calling for. I opted for coconut sugar, making this sweet treat a non-refined alternative to other sugary desserts and snacks. Coconut sugar is known for being a healthier option because it has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar like normal sugar. So go ahead take a bite of these pb & j oatmeal bars without the guilt.
Would ya just look at em!?
In my humble opinion, I believe most baked items are even better the day after. Something about letting them sit in their sweet goodness overnight, just makes most treats even more flavorful. This is true for these pb & j oatmeal bars. Yes, they were great right out of the oven. But oh my after the oats softened from the oils of the peanut butter and then meshed with the sweet strawberry jam, it was like a whole other dessert!
Well get out your baking gloves my babes, these pb & j oatmeal bars are just waiting to be whipped up!
PB & J Oatmeal Bars
Say hello to childhood nostalgia with a healthy twist! These PB & J Oatmeal Bars are a sweet treat without the guilt. These guys are sure to be a hit!
- 1 1/4 cup GF Oats
- 1 Cup No Sugar Added Peanut Butter
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup Golden Brown Coconut Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Strawberry Jam Filling:
- 1 Pound Strawberries, stems removed
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- PB Crumble Topping:
- 1/4 cup No Sugar Added Peanut Butter
- 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar
- 2 tbsp Crushed Peanuts
- 1/4 tsp Salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a small/medium sized pot add strawberries, water, vanilla, and honey
Turn heat on medium low and bring to a simmer
Allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes until jam has thickened
When jam has thickened turn heat off and remove to the side until we are ready to use
Line an 8x8 Pan with parchment paper
In a small mixing bowl add peanut butter, beaten eggs, coconut sugar, salt, oats and baking powder
Mix with a rubber spatula until everything is combined
Pour mixed dough into parchment lined pan and press with your hands until evenly layered on the bottom of the pan, I like to have just rinsed my hands with cold water, it helps to not get dough stuck to you
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes
While the base is baking in a small bowl add the pb crumble topping ingredients except for the crushed peanuts
Using a pinching method mix together until peanut butter, coconut sugar, and salt is a crumbly texture
Once base is done baking remove from oven and pour jam over the top of the base
Using an offset spatula or butter knife spread jelly evenly over base
Evenly distribute the pb crumble topping over the top
Repeat this with the crushed peanuts
Place bake in oven 10-12 minutes, crumble should start to turn golden and there should be a nutty aroma sweeping through your house
Allow to cool
Cut into 16 pieces (In my opinion they taste better the second day!)
2.5g Saturated fat
I recommend refrigerating bars after 24 hours