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PB & J Oatmeal Bars

PB & J Oatmeal Bars. Because the obsession is real.

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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.

If you LOVE oat bars be sure to check out my orange baked oats, which are equally delish!

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!?

Overhead shot of squared PB & J Oatmeal bars

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!

PB & J Oatmeal Bars Stacked

Well get out your baking gloves my babes, these pb & j oatmeal bars are just waiting to be whipped up!

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PB & J Oatmeal Bars

By The Seasonal Junkie Serves: 16
Prep Time: 25M Cooking Time: 25M

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!

Ingredients

  • Base:
  • 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

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2

In a small/medium sized pot add strawberries, water, vanilla, and honey

3

Turn heat on medium low and bring to a simmer

4

Allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes until jam has thickened

5

When jam has thickened turn heat off and remove to the side until we are ready to use

6

Line an 8x8 Pan with parchment paper

7

In a small mixing bowl add peanut butter, beaten eggs, coconut sugar, salt, oats and baking powder

8

Mix with a rubber spatula until everything is combined

9

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

10

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes

11

While the base is baking in a small bowl add the pb crumble topping ingredients except for the crushed peanuts

12

Using a pinching method mix together until peanut butter, coconut sugar, and salt is a crumbly texture

13

Once base is done baking remove from oven and pour jam over the top of the base

14

Using an offset spatula or butter knife spread jelly evenly over base

15

Evenly distribute the pb crumble topping over the top

16

Repeat this with the crushed peanuts

17

Place bake in oven 10-12 minutes, crumble should start to turn golden and there should be a nutty aroma sweeping through your house

18

Allow to cool

19

Cut into 16 pieces (In my opinion they taste better the second day!)

20

Enjoy

Nutrition

  • 227 Calories
  • 24g Carbohydrates
  • 20mg Cholesterol
  • 12g Fat
  • 8g Protein
  • 2.5g Saturated fat
  • 13.2g Sugar

Notes

I recommend refrigerating bars after 24 hours

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