Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? It is actually one of those “meals” than can be a nutrition fail when using white bread, salt and sugar laden peanut butter, and sugar filled jelly. But with some sprouted grain bread, freshly made peanut butter with no salt or sugar, and homemade jelly, it can actually be quite good for you. Whole grains, healthy fats, and natural sweetness.
The quality of ingredients used can turn something that is full of refined sugars and flours into a superfood. These peanut butter and jelly bars use grass-fed organic butter or coconut oil instead of regular butter or oil, no sugar or salt added peanut butter, sea salt, homemade jelly, honey instead of refined sugar, etc. These are a dessert but are also a totally healthy mid-day snack. They are certainly husband and kid approved too.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Oat Bars
makes 16 bars
1 cup oats, ground into flour
1.5 cups oats
1/4 cup organic brown sugar or honey*
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup strawberry jelly**
Combine all ingredients besides jelly. It should form a semi crumbly dough. Press 1/2 of the dough into a greased 8 x 8 baking pan. Spread jelly evenly over. Crumble rest of dough evenly on top then press that down well too.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut. Do not let sit too long before cutting and removing from pan or they will turn into a crumble.
*The bars will have a more crumbly texture with a sweetener such as brown sugar or coconut palm sugar and a little more gooey with honey. I love gooey with baked goods.
**I have made jelly mashing fresh strawberries with honey until desired level of sweetness and cooking on the stove on a low heat until thickened. I then froze it and have been using it ever since.
Fat: 6 g
Sodium: 55 mg (2%)
Carbohydrates: 18 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 8.8 g
Protein: 4.4 g