18 Mar Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (V, GF)
This Peanut Butter Oatmeal bar recipe blurs the line between dessert and breakfast. It is a healthy, sweet and satisfying option for both breakfast or dessert. It is filled with sweet and tart raspberry jam which compliments the peanut butter so perfectly. This recipe is not only so easy to make with a few simple ingredients, but also vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.
Grab a healthy peanut butter oatmeal bar as the best dessert option, satisfying make-ahead breakfast or a quick afternoon pick-me-up snack. Our childhood favorite Peanut Butter Jelly is having a healthy make-over!
I’m definitely on a peanut butter kick lately. I am usually an almond butter type of gal. But I guess our taste buds change every 7 years. Don’t get me wrong, almond butter is still my main squeeze. In fact, it makes a perfect alternative for this recipe if you are intolerant to peanut butter.
Simple Ingredients to make these Peanut Butter Oatmeal bars
The ingredients you will need for this healthy peanut butter oatmeal bar recipe are simple and accessible.
Here are the 6 ingredients you need:
1. Gluten Free Rolled Oats (old fashioned)
Blend one cup of the oats into oat flour. You could either blend it yourself or purchase oat flour. If you are blending yourself, I recommend using a high speed blender like vitamix so you can get really fined flour as results.
2. Peanut Butter
Look for the ones that only have one ingredient, peanuts.
3. Raspberry Jam (jelly)
I used my homemade Raspberry Chia Jam (you can find this 2-ingredient recipe Here). My other favorite is Spread the love raspberry jam. It is such a clean product and only sweetened by cane sugar (not sponsored, I just love this brand).
4. Maple Syrup
We are not talking about auntie Jane’s breakfast syrup here. It is essentially made high fructose corn syrup. Not saying it’s not delicious, there are just too many fillers and preservatives in it.
5. Frozen or fresh raspberry
6. Coconut oil
Why do I love these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
1. Nutty, Sweet, Gooey, Crumbly
2. Healthy Makeover of our childhood favorite PB&J
3. Versatile for to enjoy anytime
Make ahead Breakfast, Snack or Dessert
Easy Crust for Oatmeal Bar Recipe
I love the crust of any pies and bars.
But they I have always been intimated of making them myself.
However, this Peanut Butter oatmeal crumble bar crust is so easy. Trust me, my attention span is too short to come up with any recipes overly complicated anyway.
You only need to toss all the ingredients together in a bowl. And voila! You have both the crust base and the crumble on top.
Even better? The crust base is so chewy.
And the crumble on top are so crispy and crumbly.
Substitution for Peanut Butter
When it comes to nut butter, I always think that the flavors of cashew and almond butter are comparably mild.
On the other hand, peanut butter has a distinct taste. So it is usually a love or hate relationship. Here I have a few alternatives to peanut butter in this recipe, in case you are on the hate team, or are allergic to peanut butter.
1. Almond Butter
2. Cashew Butter
3. Sunflower seeds butter
Similarly, Sunflower butter may also be a love or hate relationship for you. It has a very different taste. But I love it! And it is nut free. So if you are allergic to nuts or just looking for a change, I highly recommend giving it a try. It is a game changer for me.
Peanut Butter Jelly Time!
Peanut butter Jelly Time, Peanut butter Jam time.. peanut butter jelly.. Okay sorry I just had to. This whole time writing this post, that song has been stuck in my head.
Last but not least, scroll down to check out the full instruction. I promise these peanut butter jelly oatmeal crumble bars won’t disappoint. You can easily enjoy these healthy PB&J as breakfast, desserts or snacks. They are so healthy and super kids friendly.
Even better, it makes a great Mother’s Day surprise. Impress your mama for Mother’s Day with these. Remember how many PB&J she made you?
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- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup raspberry jam
- Preheat the Oven to 350 F
- Set 1/4 cup of the peanut butter aside. Then mix all the wet ingredients together in a mixing bowl
- Add all the dry ingredients to the same mixing bowl, oats, oat flour and baking soda. Mix everything well to form a dough. (Use your hand if needed)
- Spray down a 8x8 pan lined with parchment paper
- Add 3/4 of the "oats" dough and press down firmly with your hands. This will be the Crust layer
- Bake the crust layer for 10 minutes. Then take it out of the oven and let it cool.
- While the crust makes, you can whip up a homemade Raspberry Chia Jam (Find the recipe here). Or you can use store bought Raspberry Jam.
- Once the crust layer cools a little bit (~10 minutes), spread the rest 1/4 cup of PB evenly on top of the crust layer
- Then spread the raspberry jam on top
- Lastly, Crumble up the rest of the dough evenly on top and add a handful of frozen raspberry
- Bake 25 minutes
- Let it cool completely. Cut into squares. Enjoy!
Serving Size:1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 5g Sodium: 70mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g Protein: 7g
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