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Jelly Bars with Peanuts and Oats

by Heather

Jelly bars are sticky, sweet, and a fun treat! They are made with a base of oats, whole wheat flour, peanut butter powder, peanuts, and shredded apple. The base is topped with fruity jam, then sprinkled on top is the crumble mixture. They have a fantastic texture, are super kid-friendly, and are easy to make! Follow along for the how-to for homemade jelly bars!

Jelly Bars with Peanuts and Oats

Jelly bars

There is nothing more classic than peanut butter and jelly, and these bars really bring those flavors together.

The star is the sweet jelly (use your favorite store-bought or homemade option here).

We pair the fruity spread with an oatmeal peanut butter mixture that works SO well together. To really amp up the peanut flavor a combination of peanut butter powder and chopped peanuts are used.

They keep well in the fridge, and are fun to eat!

Jelly Bars

Do you have to use peanut butter powder?

The only less common ingredient in this recipe is peanut butter powder. Often it can be found in grocery stores now, and also purchased online.

If you can’t find it, or simply don’t want to buy it, check the substition section below for my alternative options!

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What you need for jelly bars

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How to make pb and j bars

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix the oats, flours, sugar, peanut, and sea salt together in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk the apple, eggs, oil, and vanilla together.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients.  Mix until combined.  It will seem dry as you mix it but it will eventually fully combine.
  5. Take 2 pieces of parchment paper and lay them in a criss-cross pattern in an 8 x 8 glass pan.  Press half the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.  Spread the jam or jelly evenly on top, then crumble the remaining oat mixture on top of the jelly.  Gently press the top layer into the jelly.
  6. Bake for 28-30 minutes. Allow to fully cool before cutting into your jelly bars!
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Substitutions

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this jelly bar recipe. If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Rolled oats – You can substitute quick cooking oats or oat flour for the rolled oats.

Whole wheat flour – Regular flour or a gluten-free flour mixture will work too.

Peanut butter powder – You can substitute peanut butter here, or use oat flour.

Coconut sugar – Natural cane sugar is a great substitute here.

Dry roasted peanuts – Substutute your favorite chopped nut for the peanuts.

Apple – Grated pear will work too!

Eggs – Make this egg free by making a flax egg (2 tbsp ground flaxmeal mixed with 6 tbsp water – let sit for 5 minutes before adding into the mixture).

Jelly – Your favorite jam wors well. You could also use fresh berries and mash them up before spreading into the recipe.

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Jelly Bars with Peanuts and Oats

Jelly bars are sticky, sweet, and a fun treat! They are made with a base of oats, whole wheat flour, peanut butter powder, peanuts, and shredded apple. The base is topped with fruity jam, then sprinkled on top is the crumble mixture. They have a fantastic texture, are super kid-friendly, and are easy to make! Follow along for the how-to for homemade jelly bars!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola bars, jam, jelly, oatmeal, peanut butter
Servings: 9
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix the oats, flours, sugar, peanut, and sea salt together in a large bowl.
  • In a smaller bowl whisk the apple, eggs, oil, and vanilla together.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients.  Mix until combined.  It will seem dry as you mix it but it will eventually fully combine.
  • Take 2 pieces of parchment paper and lay them in a criss-cross pattern in an 8 x 8 glass pan.  Press half the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.  Spread the jam or jelly evenly on top, then crumble the remaining oat mixture on top of the jelly.  Gently press the top layer into the jelly.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes. Allow to fully cool before cutting into your jelly bars!
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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If you try this jelly bar recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

Originally published February 2011. Updated April 2022.

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Faith February 15, 2011 - 7:01 am

Glad you enjoyed your Valentines day. I’ve never had PB & J oat bar. The idea is very brilliant Heather. As usual.. you’re very creative. The pictures are amazing! You’re making me hungrey girl and I just had breakfast.

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Jess@atasteofconfidence February 15, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Starred these! They look great.

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Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner February 15, 2011 - 1:54 pm

OHMYGOSH!!!! I LOVE THESE!!! I really want to try them out! 😀

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Lauren February 15, 2011 - 5:08 pm

These look fantastic!! I’ve seen this recipe before and always have wanted to make them

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Ashley @ the fit academic February 15, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Yum! I’ve made bars similar to this recipe before! Next time I plan on making some I’ll have to try this recipe!

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Lauren Austin February 15, 2011 - 5:44 pm

I’m so glad you like tempeh! It is so versatile and I love the firm texture! Now to try seitan!

These bars wouldn’t last a day in my house.. they look scrumdiddlyumptious!

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Erica February 16, 2011 - 3:52 am

The bars look awesome! I make a batch of bars pretty much every week- Josh likes a good grab and go breakfast. Oats always add great texture. I wish I was a tempeh fan! It just didn’t jive with me.

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Gina (The Candid RD) February 16, 2011 - 4:18 am

This recipe sounds fantastic!!! I am always looking for new bar recipes.

Strangely I had the question yesterday, “what is tempeh?”. I knew what it was, but I never know how to explain it without making it sound…disgusting!! Next time I should say it quickly, then go right into how I prepare it, to make it sounds fabulous 🙂

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Get Healthy with Heather February 16, 2011 - 5:11 am

Haha yeah fermented doesn’t sound very appetizing.

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