Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars - Desserts with Benefits
I have always loved Quaker’s granola bars, Nature’s Valley’s honey oat bars and obviously, candy bars!  Unfortunately, after eating any of those I would feel guilty and then get hungry again in no time.  I wanted to make my own healthy snack to have on hand, one that was as sweet as a candy bar, yet keep me full all morning.
First, I thought: oats.
Then I thought: peanut butter.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars!  Sounded pretty good to me  ;)
But then I thought: sugar.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars!  The sound of that made my sugar-obsessed body jump with joy.
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars - Desserts with Benefits

I didn’t have any jelly on hand, so I just added a bunch of raisins and dried cranberries.  It’s a funny thing, I always used to hate dried fruit but now I’m starting to love them.  Raisins taste like mini orbs of concentrated sugar and cranberries taste like those Welch’s fruit gummy snacks I always used to buy.  So I added those super sweet (yet healthy) fruits to the mixing bowl so I could omit any other forms of sugar.

Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars - Desserts with Benefits
And what did I get?  Granola squares with outstanding peanut butter flavor and the sweetness level of jelly.  A delicious, comforting, portable snack that will remind you of your childhood PB&Js.
Peanut Butter & "Jelly" Granola Squares

Yield: 9 granola squares or 8 granola bars

Ingredients

    Step I:
  • 336g (3+1/2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (no sugar added)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Step II:
  • 128g (4 scoops) Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 48g (1/4 cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 96g (6 tbs) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)

Instructions

  1. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
  2. Add the Step I ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the Step II ingredients and whisk well ("pop" any protein powder clumps; mixture should viscous). Add this to the large mixing bowl and fold using a rubber spatula. Once fully mixed, scoop mixture into brownie pan and flatten with the spatula. Freeze overnight and slice the next day. Once these are sliced, keep them in the fridge (or freezer if you want to store some as emergency snacks!)

Notes

This recipe is: no bake, sugar free, high fiber, high protein, gluten free, vegan!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/peanut-butter-jelly-granola-squares/
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars - Desserts with Benefits
Perfect as a healthy breakfast, a lunch box treat, a yummy snack and a guiltless dessert!
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars - Desserts with Benefits
^^ Whoa, 19g of protein?
That’s sure something you’ll never see on a Quaker’s bar!

Labels: Breakfast, Cranberries, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, No-Bake, Nutrition-Label, Oats, Peanut-Butter, Protein-Powder, Raisins, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Comments (4)

  1. Pauline: April 16, 2012

    Thank you for this!!! I hate how all other granola bar recipes require cups of honey or sugar or syrup. It’s nice to have a granola bar you know won’t give you a sugar rush in the morning

  2. Anonymous: April 21, 2012

    Wow, the most expensive granola bar recipe EVER.

  3. Jessica: April 21, 2012

    Um, I’m sorry you feel that way :( But I believe health is wealth, so I would rather spend a little extra cash on nutritious food rather than expensive clothing and accessories. I hope you will make these granola bars (they’re super tasty) or maybe another recipe of mine :)
    Have a good day,
    Jess

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