Wednesday, November 24, 2010

E: Oatmeal Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow! What about you? What are you doing for the big day? We are going to my Mom and Dad’s and I can’t wait. As I mentioned previously, I am making a side dish and a dessert. I made a last minute switch on the dessert I’m making and hope to post it up on Friday.

Some days I feel like being more creative in the kitchen. While following a recipe is fun, throwing together your own (when its successful ;)) can be even more fun. I had a jar of jelly that felt like it had been lingering in the fridge for a little too long.

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I decided to use the rest of it up and make up Oatmeal Peanut Butter (flour) & Jelly bars. I really want to try this next with almond flour.


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter or margarine (1 stick), melted
  • 2 eggs or egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2  cups old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup peanut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½- 3/4 cup cup jelly


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together brown sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combine.

In a separate bowl, combine oats, all purpose and peanut flours and baking powder.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

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Spray a pyrex dish with non stick spray. Press approximately 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the dish using the back of a spatula/spoonula.

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Spread a thin layer of jelly on top of the oatmeal/peanut butter mixture (it doesn’t have to be perfect- have fun with it!).

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Place the remainder of the oatmeal/peanut butter mixture on top of the jelly. Again- it doesn’t have to be perfect- plop it on there and spread it out as you can.

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Bake for ~38-40 minutes until browned on top.

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Let bars cool COMPLETELY before cutting. Enjoy! I keep mine in the fridge to help them stay nice and stuck together :)

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Have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving! And two more side notes:

1. Don’t forget to enter our I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Giveaway! You have until Thursday (tomorrow), November 25 at noon. 

2. A big thank you to the fabulous Lea who did a granola exchange with me.  She sent me some of the TASTIEST granola with a great chew. Nom nom.

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Unknown said...

i loveee fruit crumble dessert concoctions! yours looks fabulous!

Lauren said...

Great choice on the dessert. I've seen these bars before and have always wanted to make them. Who could resist a child hood favorite in the dessert form?

Wishing you the most amazing Thanksgiving!!!

Heather said...

You really can't go wrong with peanut butter & jelly anything! :)
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, Erica!

Anonymous said...

these bars are great for snack... so healthy and so delicious! :)
Happy thanksgiving Erica :)

lee said...

Have a great Thankgiving Erica (and Mandi)! Those bars look great.

erica said...

I really need to try to make some granola, I don`t know why I always put it off. Those bars look amazing!


Julie said...

oh!! i LOVE the container with the "E" on it :) so cute!!!

okay so here's my thing with recipes involving peanut flour. i waaaaaaaaaant to make them more often BUT peanut flour is just too good to share with everyone hahahahaha that's so horrible of me. but it's a small package and if i make a recipe with it that means that i only get one or two of the goods because everyone in my family will devour them! is that selfish? hahaha don't answer that ;)

have fun on turkey day!!!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I hate having a loner jar of jelly in the fridge, perfect exuse to bake up something yummy--love the sounds of the recipe you used! I still need to get my hands on some peanut flour! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your fam!

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said...

Oh yum! I love how moist these look on the inside!

Have a great Thanksgiving!!

Rose said...

I've never seen anything like this! Do you think kids would enjoy this? I could suggest them to my roommate to take to her preschoolers maybe!

Britt @ Runnerbelle said...

Creative girl you are! Looks great!

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Safe travels!

Christina said...

few things in life make me as happy as pb & jelly. haha. have a wonderful thanksgiving!! hugs!

Renee Paj said...

Yum! these would be great in the kids lunches, I think! I wanted to do your exchange, but was afraid i wouldn't have the time to make good on the trade on my maybe next time you do one! :)

Angharad said...

PB & J bars?! Amazing!! Have a lovely Thanksgiving Erica! x

Natalie said...

these look so good! I have some blueberry jam I'd love to use up, I wonder if that'd taste okay in these..

Susan said...


I love the "E" on the top of the tupperware container - what a sweet thought by Lea!

Happy holidays Erica!

Esi said...

Nice bars! Those would be great for breakfast too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Yum those sound great! Oatmeal bars are so tasty and what a good way to use up extra jam. Have fun tomorrow!

We Are Not Martha said...

I absolutely love peanut butter and kelly bars and these look SO good. And pretty healthy too :) Perfect dessert!


Naomi(Onefitfoodie) said...

I LOVe the look of those bars I can just imagine how delicious they make the house smell when they are in the oven!

have a happy and healthy thanksgiving Erica + Mandi!!!

Megan D said...

Yumm! I think pb&j will always be delicious no matter how old I am!

fittingbackin said...

Yum - this looks great, Erica! I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!!

Anonymous said...

PB&J is a classic!!!!!! Those bars look soooo yummy!!!! What if you melted chocolate and put it on the bars instead of the jelly????

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

Erica! those look fabulous. I have a great recipe for blackberry oatmeal bars that I made last xmas that look VERY similar...but no peanut flour!! so good :) enjoy them!

Simply Life said...

oh that looks great! Happy Thanksgiving!

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

"Again- it doesn’t have to be perfect- plop it on there and spread it out as you can. "


sometimes i see blogs that are soooo's like they may have a full time job of taking pics and posting them. beautiful, but not my reality :) love that you can have fun too

GREAT RECIPE using peanut flour! and i know that omitting the eggs and using GF flour probably wouldnt effect outcome too terribly much so i may play around w/ this one!

PB & J rocks :)

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

That looks really good! I'm always looking for new bar recipes. ;)

I can't believe this year has gone by so fast already! the rents are on town, and we are cooking up a storm tomorrow. I'm looking forward to stuffing myself and passing out on the couch. Maybe a short run in the morning. Happy Thanksgiving girl!!!

Krista said...

I just love jam filled bars!!

Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!!

Paige is Running Around Normal said...

These look amazing! Erica, you have SO many delicious bar recipes. Add this to the list!
Hope you're having a great Thanksgiving:)

Faith said...

Mmmm, I love pb&J and those bars looks incredible! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Those bars looks great! I have a couple jars of preserves laying around that need to be used. This would be perfect!

Jennie said...

My favorite cookie recipe is the vegan chocolate chip recipe from Dreena Burton's Eat, Drink and Be Vegan book! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway, Erica!