Peanut Butter Berry Bars

Two recipes in one week? Who am I?

I’d like to blame (or thank?) Laura for this conundrum but before I get to that, I have a confession to make.

I love peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Like love love LOVE, could eat for every meal, reminds me of my childhood, always puts a smile on my face kind of love.

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I know, they’re not the fancy type of food that healthy living/food bloggers should like (or admit that they like…) but peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are wholesome and innocent and they just taste so darn good!

Oh PB&J’s, if only everything in life could be as wonderfully simple as you…

Anyways, on Sunday Laura posted a recipe for Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly BarsI knooooow, right?And I immediately knew I had to make them ASAP but there was a problem.

A big problem.

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I needed to remove the processed sugar and delicious butter from the recipe so that I could devour enjoy them. That or I could make the recipe as Laura wrote it and be required to give the entire batch away… The latter was just not an option! Priorities my friends, priorities…

I quickly got to work in the kitchen and I’m pleased to report that my Peanut Butter Berry Barswere the result! A rich blend of peanut butter, oatmeal, coconut oil, honey and berries – the flavors combine perfectly to taste just like my favorite childhood PB&J’s.

Pure and innocent happiness <3

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Peanut Butter Berry Bars (Inspired by Pies and Plots)

Makes 16 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey (I used slightly less)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1.5 cups frozen berries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Melt peanut butter in a medium bowl in microwave for 45 seconds, until warm and easily stirred. Mix in coconut oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon until combined then stir in oatmeal. Press 3/4 of oatmeal mixture into bottom of pan. Sprinkle frozen berries evenly over oatmeal base then crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture on top. Bake 20 minutes, until edges are slightly browned. Allow to cool completely prior to lifting parchment paper out of pan. If you can wait, cool in fridge for 2 hours before enjoying! Store in airtight container in fridge.

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I’m linking up with Jenn today because these Peanut Butter Berry Bars are what I’ve been eating lately. Believe it or not, they taste even better the next day :)

And here’s another confession, I had to put half of the recipe into the freezer to keep myself from eating the entire pan!

  • PB&J’s – yay or nay? Yay, of course ;)
  • What is your favorite childhood, comfort food? PB&J’s, Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese with peas, Grilled cheese sandwiches – My love of carbs was formed at a very young age…
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