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December 30, 2013 / Chris Blum

Oatmeal Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

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These peanut butter and jelly bars are for my skinny minis, so they are packed full of calorie rich stuff like butter and healthy oats! Perfect mid morning snack.

Ingredients:
1 c flour
1 c quick-cooking oats
2/3 c coconut palm or brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c chunky all-natural peanut butter
10 TBSP butter, at room temperature,
1 c strawberry jam

Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 9-by-9-inch metal baking pan with butter, then flour, tapping out any excess flour; set aside.

Combine flour, oats, sugars, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl of a stand mixer. Add the peanut and butter, beat mixture until combined.

Place two-thirds of the mixture into the prepared pan and, using a measuring cup dipped in flour, press it firmly and evenly into the bottom; set the remaining mixture aside. Bake until the edges start to brown, about 15 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven to a wire rack. Dollop the jam over the crust and spread into an even layer, taking care not to disturb the crust. Crumble the reserved oat mixture into pieces about the size of almonds and evenly sprinkle it over the jam. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the jam is bubbling and the topping is golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes more.

Remove the pan to the wire rack and let it cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Cut into 18 squares.

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