Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oat Bars

I'm not really sure if these quality as dessert.  How did I determine that?

Well...they have wheat germ in them.

So that qualifies them as healthy.

AND!  This blackberry jam looks homemade.

Therefore, these bars are either breakfast or a snack.

Think of them like a cereal bar!  Yeah, that's it.

I totally made these for the kids.  It's one of the sacrifices that I made as a mother.

I would show you a picture of one of these cut so you could see the wonderful layers of peanut butter and oats and the blackberry jam, but these bars went from this

to this

very quickly.

We ate them for breakfast, snack and dessert.

We don't discriminate in this house.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oat Bars
Inspired by Pioneer Woman and Barefoot Contessa

1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
12-13 oz. jar blackberry or strawberry jam (or any flavor jam)

Stir together the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and egg.  Add the remaining ingredients, except for the jam, and combine.  The mixture will be crumbly.  Press 2/3 of the mixture in the bottom of a greased 7x11 inch baking dish.  Evenly spread the jam on top.  Cover with the remaining 1/3 oat mixture.  Bake in a 325 degree oven 30-35 minutes.  Cool and cut into squares.

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