Sunday, April 27, 2014

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

These soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars, have a gooey sweet layer of strawberry jam in the centre.

Hun... What's for Dinner? | Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars- These soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars, have a gooey sweet layer of strawberry jam in the centre.

The weather has been playing weird tricks on us this month. We'll have a few days of gorgeous and warm weather, and then BAM! we're back below zero with horrible bone chilling winds. While I'd love for the warm temperatures to stay, the colder weather has given me the opportunity to bake a few more yummy desserts. I had a major sweet tooth the last night, so Queenie and I decided to bake something. I wanted it to be quick and easy, so thought of making peanut butter cookies. I have a great 4 ingredient recipe that I usually make, but wanted to jazz it up a little. That's when PB&J bars were born.

These are super simple to make and come together in a snap. If you use gluten free oats, this can also be a great gluten free snack. The kids absolutely loved these. Mr.B has been on a peanut butter and jelly kick lately, so he's in absolute heaven with these bars. These are soft and chewy and the jelly adds an awesome gooey sticky layer of sweetness. I'm thinking of making another batch, for a Tea Party I will be having next month. They are so quick to whip up, and would be a wonderful sweet treat to have with our tea.

Hun... What's for Dinner? | Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars- These soft and chewy oatmeal peanut butter bars, have a gooey sweet layer of strawberry jam in the centre.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars
printable version

1 C Kraft smooth peanut butter
2/3 C sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 C quick cooking oats
1/2 C strawberry jam/jelly

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper.

In a large bowl mix together the peanut butter, sugar, baking powder, eggs, baking powder and oats; until a crumbly dough is formed. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread the jam/jelly evenly over the dough, in the baking dish. Crumble remaining dough over jelly; evenly covering the jelly.

Bake for 20-22 minutes; until the tops begins to brown slightly. Cool completely. Remove from baking dish, but using the parchment paper as handles. Cut into bars. Store covered, in the fridge for up to 5 days (if they last that long!).

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Judee@Gluten Free A-Z Blog said...

I love peanut butter and jelly. How clever to make it into a snack and thanks for the gluten free suggestion

Catherine said...

What a delicious snack or dessert!
Blessings, Catherine

Nicole Neverman said...

This is wonderful! I am looking forward to trying this out. I have never had peanut butter and jelly before. I think if I had that in a sandwich here in New Zealand I would be sure to get some strange looks but I will be trying out the combination now with this one :)

Happily Ever Rushed said...

My husband and toddler would love these! I saw you on the show stopper link up..thanks for sharing!

Diane Balch said...

We've had the same crazy weather here in NY. Delicious looking bars thanks for sharing them on foodie friday. pInning.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love this idea! =)

Rachel Kathy G @ onlinesisterhood said...

These look really yummy---I love how gooey they look. My kids would love these. pinned to try soon. Have a great week.

Aunt Bee said...

This is such a wonderful idea! Looks and sounds delicious! <3

Adelina Priddis said...

YUM! These would be such a fun treat my kids will enjoy. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

In Search Of Yummy-ness said...

These bars look fantastic! Thanks for sharing this on Good Food Friday :)

Sandi said...

Wow, I love the simplicity of these bars. Who doesn't love peanut butter and jelly?

destiny5195 said...

Made this today, didn't turn out how I thought it should. Maybe it was me! I do tend to botch recipes though I double checked myself. The dough seemed too wet. I couldn't sprinkle anything on top, it was more like a brownie batter. I dropped spoonfuls like a cobbler. Took about 35 minutes and it's still really soft but my picky toddler is eating them up so they taste yummy!

Cindy @HunWFD said...

Not sure why the mixture was not crumbly. It becomes more crumbly the more you mix it.

Katie said...

These are amazing! We've been trying to cut out the gluten in our home and my PB&J lovin' husband has had to ditch the bread. I made these for him last night and he absolutely loved them... my kids too! I'm going to try them again but without the sugar to see how that goes :)

Cindy@ HunWFD said...

I am so glad you guys enjoyed them!!! Thanks for stopping by :)