If there is one thing that we eat a LOT of in our house it is the American classic, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
When I'm running behind or have nothing planned for the kids for lunch, more often than not, I'll whip up a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and call it good. The kids love them and frankly I do as well.
When our little babe was born just a couple of months ago, it was my go-to-sandwich during those early weeks of feeding a nursing babe morning, noon and night. I had little time on my hands, so this simple sandwich became my staple.
I have no idea why I never thought of making a dessert bar to mimic our favorite sandwich. It took me 32 years!
It started with my simple no-flour peanut butter bar. Then my homemade jam was staring me in the face and I thought, why not? Enter in some big dollups of jam and a few swirls of the knife and well this recipe was born.
These are perfect for a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Or if you are a young mother like me, I pack them into our trips to the park.
Because, you know, little kids seem to need to eat every 30 minutes or so. Or is that just mine???
You can also cut these into squares, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze them individually. Then when ready to head out the door, where you know you'll need a snack later. you have one of these bars ready to munch on later.
Feel free to use any flavor of jam, although we are partial to strawberry!
Peanut Butter & Jam Oatmeal Bars
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1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. oatmeal
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda
1 c. jam
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl combine all the ingredients except for the jam.
3. Spread this mixer into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
4. Place large dollups of jam over the batter.
5. Using a knife, swirl the jam into the batter.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Do not over bake.