Monday, April 2, 2012

PB & J Day!! Pb & J Granola Bars

Happy P.B. & J Day!! 

Gotta love "Special" Food Days! Especially ones that can really hit home!
I have a Fantastic little recipe that is from my Cookbook "5 Ingredient Solutions" that you are going to Love!

Sometimes you just don't have time to stop and grab Breakfast at the table, so why not take one with you?
I know making your own Granola Bars can seem daunting, but I promise, this one is a snap! The combination of Peanut Butter and Whole peanuts make this a protein filled breakfast that will keep your energy meter filled until lunch! Enjoy!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars


Ingredients:
4 cups Oats
¾ cup Peanut Butter (melted)
½ cup Honey
½ cup Peanuts
¾ cup Raspberry Jam

Instructions:
Prepare a 13 x 9 x 2 with vegetable spray or butter
Pre-Heat oven to 350°f
In mixing bowl:
Combine: Oats, Peanut Butter, Honey and Peanuts.
Press ½ of the mixture on the bottom of prepared pan.
Spread Oat layer evenly with the Jam.
Dollop the remaining oat mixture by spoonful, over the jam layer.
Press dollops down to ensure once baked they don‟t crumble.
Bake Bars in pre-heated 350°f oven for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Cool 15 minutes
Cut into bars.
Keeps fresh in closed container for 2 weeks

Variation:
Cinnamon Raisin: Combine ½ c Honey; ¾ cup melted unsalted Butter, ¾ cup Brown Sugar and 1 tablespoon Cinnamon. Add 4 cups Oats. Fold in 1 ½ cup Raisins. Bake as directed. Bake @ 350° f, 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. (Dried Apples would be great here too!)