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Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Bars beside dairy-free milk and a bowl of peanuts
4.38 from 29 votes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Snack Bars

Simple, 8-ingredient peanut butter and jelly bars with a naturally-sweetened oat-almond crust, and a strawberry jam and peanut butter topping! The perfect hearty snack or dessert!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings: 9 (bars)
Category: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 2-4 Days

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

FILLING

  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam (ensure vegan friendliness)
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries (or raspberries // chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp natural salted creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp roasted salted peanuts, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line an 8x8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Add oats, almonds, sea salt, and coconut sugar to a food processor or high speed blender and pulse into a fine meal, making sure no large pieces remain.
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add melted coconut oil. Stir with a spoon to incorporate. Then use your hands to work the oil into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  4. Spread the mixture into the baking dish and press down into an even layer with your fingers or a flat object (such as a drinking glass).
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Then increase heat to 375 degrees F (190 C) and bake for 5 minutes more, or until the crust is fragrant and the edges are slightly golden brown.
  6. In the meantime, add jam and strawberries to a small saucepan and warm over medium-low heat until hot and pourable - about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Once crust is slightly golden brown, remove from oven and immediately add strawberry jam. Use a spoon to spread into an even layer. Then dollop on peanut butter in 1 teaspoon amounts.
  8. Use the handle end of a spoon (or a chopstick) to gently swirl the two together. Top with crushed peanuts (optional).
  9. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (176 C) and bake for another 12-17 minutes or until the strawberry topping is warm and bubbly.
  10. Remove squares from oven and let cool completely - 2-3 hours. Once cooled, gently lift bars from pan and slice into 9 even squares, or 10 bars (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).

  11. Store leftovers in a well-sealed container at room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or the freezer up to 1 month.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 9 bars)