Peanut Butter and Jam Oat Bars
You won’t want to miss out on these absolutely scrumptious peanut butter and jam oat bars. First of all, these bars are super delish. And second of all, they’re full of whole-grain. Can’t go wrong with that one!
More Yummy Dessert Recommendations
First, here are a couple more super delish snacks/desserts for you to check out. The first one is a cookie recipe. These gluten-free double chocolate cookies are absolutely yummy.
They’re soft, chewy, and healthy also, which makes them the perfect breakfast treat. And they’re great for a healthy snack. It’s totally up to you.
On the other hand, I’ve got to tell you about this vegan vanilla mug cake recipe. This mug cake has the most fluffy and soft texture. And it’s amazing with chocolate ganache (also ice-cream, of course). *This vanilla mug cake recipe includes an easy microwave ganache that goes well with it*
From (Expected) Failure:
I’m going to be honest with you here. This peanut butter and jam oat bars recipe was created from a failed recipe attempt. I had originally intended to create some peanut butter and jam thumbprint cookies. Let’s just say that the dough wasn’t right to make cookies with.
For some reason, I decided to proceed with the recipe. Thank God I didn’t trash it as I was first tempted to do. Instead of forming cookies, I added some of the dough to a loaf pan. After that, I spread some jam on top; then topped the jam with the remaining dough.
Finally, with crossed fingers I put the pan in the oven to bake. I honestly didn’t expect the peanut the bars to come out good at all. But it doesn’t hurt to still try, right?
To a Successful Outcome:
I couldn’t wait to prove to myself that this recipe was indeed a complete failure. Boy was I wrong! I was taken back at how wholesome and yummy that first bite was. I did the recipe over a second time to perfect it. That’s how these peanut butter and oat jam bars really came about.
This proves that what you may see as a failure can turn out to be a great success. So please don’t quickly rule anything out. It will either work out or not. At least give it a chance. You never know how God can bless your efforts..
*By the way, there is a perfect (healthy) peanut butter and jam thumbprint cookie recipe out there. It’s by Amy from Amy’s Healthy Baking* I’m still going to work on perfecting a thumbprint cookie recipe though..
Peanut Butter and Jam Oat Bars Ingredients:
The ingredients list for these peanut butter and jam oat bars is listed below. You’ll find that you most likely have many of them on hand already.
- Whole-Wheat Pastry Flour: This was my first recipe using this flour. It’s a softer and lighter alternative to regular whole-wheat flour. It can be used in plenty of recipes including cakes, cookies, etc.
- All-Purpose (White) Flour: I tend to add all-purpose flour along with wheat flour. This is so that the texture won’t be too heavy or dense. But whole-wheat pastry flour can often be used alone if you choose.
- Quick-Cooking Oats: I prefer to use this type of oats in my recipes. Only because I prefer a smoother rather than chunky texture. But you’re always free to try out this recipe with old-fashioned oats.
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Vanilla Extract
- Creamy Peanut Butter
- Unsweetened Applesauce
- Coconut Sugar: If you prefer to use regular sugar, feel free to. The flavor will just be less caramel-like, I would think.
- Milk (Dairy-Free or Regular)
- Jam: I used organic strawberry jam (store-brought). But feel free to experiment and try blueberry jam, etc.
I hope you enjoy this peanut butter and jam oat bars recipe. If you have any comments or feedback, I’d love to hear from you.
Peanut Butter and Jam Oat Bars
- 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tbsp quick cooking oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup and 1/2 tbsp coconut (or regular) sugar
- 2 tbsp jam of your choice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour-baking soda).
- Add in the remaining wet ingredients (vanilla extract-milk).
- Add about half of the mixture to a greased standard size loaf pan. Make sure to spread evenly. *It’s easier to use the back of a spoon here*
- Spread the jam evenly over the mixture. Top with remaining mixture. Spread evenly over the jam as best as you can. *It’s easier to use the back of a fork here*
- Sprinkle a few oats on top if you’d like. Bake for close to 18 minutes. Let cool a few minutes before slicing..