Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

These are still a work in progress, but the midpoint was pretty tasty so Ill go ahead and give you this recipe.  My son kept asking me to make him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich out of the peanut butter oat bars that I have posted before (see original recipe here). That got my wheels turning. So these were inspired by my son’s request and also by a local food blogger’s post about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich contest that she judged. (@hubcitytopknot) The winner was a peanut butter, honey and wild blueberry jam sandwich on french toast with powdered sugar on top. Holy smokes. These are nowhere near that good…but I am going to keep tweaking until they somewhat resemble a healthy version of that. But that was the inspiration for the combo of peanut butter, blueberry jam, and honey. Lol.

For these, you basically just take the original peanut butter oat bar recipe and split it in half, put one layer of the mixture on the bottom, put a layer of blueberry jam on top and then put the next layer of peanut butter oat bar batter on top.

Let me know your suggestions for how to replicate the killer PBJ mentioned before while keeping the sugar content low and sans flour…it’ a tough task so I would love your feedback!

Ingredients:⠀

1 cup peanut butter ⠀
1 cup honey ⠀
3 cup oats ⠀
~3 TBS low sugar mixed berry jam/jelly (I used a natural berry jam that was sweetened with honey)

Directions:⠀

1. Pre heat oven to 350 and spray baking dish with cooking spray⠀
2. Mix peanut butter and honey together in small bowl or saucepan⠀
3. Melt peanut butter and honey mixture (on stove or in microwave- I used microwave to speed up the process and use less dishes- just heated it in 15 second increments until melted) ⠀
4. Add half of peanut butter/oat mixture to bottom of baking dish.

5. Spread jam layer on top of peanut butter/oat layer

6. Top with remaining peanut butter/oat mixture

7. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until able to cut into bars. Allow to cool before cutting.

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