Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars
Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars are a delicious and healthy after school snack or afternoon treat!
I’m going to call these a good bar to eat for breakfast too. They’re made from a short list of ingredients, and you can adapt some of the ingredients to make exactly what you want. This recipe makes nine granola bars, so that’s just enough to spread out the treats during the week. Kids go crazy for these yummy bars, but adults will enjoy them just as much. They are easily gluten-free adaptable (see the recipe for details).
- brown sugar
- peanut butter
How to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars:
The base of these granola bars is a mix of oats, flour, flaxseed, salt, brown sugar, peanut butter and butter.
The base of the granola bars is pressed into the bottom of a square pan lined with parchment (but you’ll save 1/2 cup of the base and set it aside). Then you’ll drizzle jam into four rows across the pressed-in granola bar base.
The 1/2 cup of remaining granola bar base is then crumbled on top of the jam. And then the bars are baked for about 30 minutes- until they are slightly browned and firm.
How to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars gluten-free:
For those who have Celiac disease or don’t react well to gluten, it’s very easy to make these granola bars gluten-free. Use gluten-free oats. Bob’s Red Mill is a brand that sells gluten free oats, but I’m sure there are others. Use an all-purpose gluten free flour (I like to use the Cup4Cup brand for baking). Flaxseed is naturally gluten free. And just be sure to use brands of peanut butter and jam that are known to be gluten-free.
- Suggested substitutes for flaxseed if you want to use something else: chia seeds or wheat germ.
- Use either smooth or chunky peanut butter- your choice!
- Jam recommendations (it’s okay to use any flavor you want): raspberry, strawberry, apricot, peach, blackberry. It’s best to use a jam that is pretty smooth to spread.
These are the best granola bars to ever come out of my kitchen. They have the perfect granola bar texture: moist, but not so much that they can’t be eaten out-of-hand, and slightly crispy on the edges with the perfect amount of chewiness. Their flavor is intense PB&J – just be sure to use your favorite brands of peanut butter and jelly for best flavor. Enjoy!
Here are a few more granola bar recipes you might like to try:
Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons flaxseeds or ground flaxseed (see Notes below for subs)
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1/3 cup raspberry or strawberry jam
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Place a 12-inch square of parchment paper over an 8-inch square baking dish and press it down onto the bottom and up the sides of the dish.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, flaxseeds, brown sugar and salt. Stir in the peanut butte and melted butter. Press the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish, reserving 1/2 cup for topping. Spoon 4 lines of jam across the top of the oat mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of oat mixture over the jam.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until slightly browned and firm.
- Cool completely, at least 1 hour. Cut into squares.
- Suggested substitutes for flaxseed: chia seeds or wheat germ.
- To make these gluten-free: Use gluten-free oats. Use an all-purpose gluten free flour (I like to use the Cup4Cup brand for baking). Flaxseed is naturally gluten free. And just be sure to use brands of peanut butter and jam that are known to be gluten-free.