Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

Cover recipe- Yummy Mummy Cookbook, Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars: Copyright 2013

Cover recipe- The Yummy Mummy Kitchen, Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars: Copyright 2013

It was love at first sight when I happened upon Marina’s beautiful blog Yummy Mummy a couple years ago, and I have enjoyed following it ever since. I love the balance her recipes take: simple, but elegant; appealing to kids as well as adults; approachable for weeknights, but special enough to entertain with. Who says you can’t have the best of all worlds?

Earlier this year, Marina released The Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook and I couldn’t wait to start cooking my way through it. I made her recipe for Favorite Guacamole, which soon became my favorite as well. I also made Potato-Scaled Halibut, which was as impressive looking as it was easy to put together. And I made her Salted Brown Butter Cookies, which are nothing short of fabulous, and definitely a deliciously dangerous treat to keep in your pantry. The cookbook’s cover recipe is Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars, and like every kid-at-heart, I love PB&J and was excited to try them. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

Yield: 9 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons flaxseeds
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup raspberry jam

Directions:

1. 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.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, flaxseeds, and brown sugar. Stir in the melted butter and peanut 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.

3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned and firm. (See below for my note on the cook time.)

4. Cool completely, at least 1 hour. Cut into squares.

Tips:

Changes I made to this recipe:
• Used ground flaxseed instead of whole flaxseeds.
• Added 1/4 teaspoon sea salt with the other dry ingredients.
• Used strawberry jam instead of raspberry.
Cooking Time: Each time I made these bars I found that they needed an extra 10 to 15 minutes of bake time, bringing the total bake time to 30 to 35 minutes. After baking 20 minutes, I knew they weren’t done yet because they weren’t golden around the edges and they were too jiggly in the center.

The Yummy Mummy Kitchen, HarperOne, Copyright 2013

The results:

These were 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! I took a batch of these bars to a potluck and they were one of the first things to disappear, as well as the most requested recipe! I have literally made this recipe four times in the past month and a half, and they are always a favorite.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes! This recipe is the perfect example of a Yummy Mummy recipe – full of wholesome ingredients, easy to whip together, elegant in an understated way, and absolutely delicious.

Faith Gorsky is the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind the blog Edible Mosaic , and she is the cookbook author of An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair (Tuttle Publishing; November 2012). She was born, raised, and spent most of her life in Upstate New York, and she currently lives in Kuwait. When it comes to cooking, her favorite thing to do is go into the kitchen hungry, open the fridge, and start creating. She loves to travel, especially to places steeped in rich culture and history. She also enjoys reading (cookbooks mostly), vintage shopping (especially in old markets), watching movies (of all genres), and is enamored with ancient cultures (especially Rome and Egypt).

8 Responses to “Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars”

  1. 1

    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 19, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    Love Marina and her cookbook! These bars have to happen in my kitchen soon!

  2. 2

    Tieghan — August 19, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    The bars look awesome!! Perfect for back to school!

  3. 3

    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 19, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Hello next granola bar I need to make!

  4. 4

    Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 19, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    Perfect recipe for this time of year- I need good after school snack ideas! Can’t wait to make these.

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    sara — August 19, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    These look awesome! I always end up with more jam than I can eat on sandwiches, so this would be a great use for it! :)

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — August 22, 2013 @ 12:25 am

    I think the first thing I ever posted to my site was from Yummy Mummy. These look amazing. I can’t wait to try them and check out the book.

  7. 7

    Ashley — September 16, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Oh no – this is dangerous – I have all the ingredients on hand to make these beauties!!

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    Jaime — October 10, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    We made are on our second batch! We like them right out of the freezer. Yum!!

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