Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Squares

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.

9 squares

Ingredients:

Step I:
  • 336g (3½ cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • ½ cup Dried Cranberries (no sugar added)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
Step II:
  • 128g (4 scoops) Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 48g (¼ cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 96g (6 tbs) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar, salt, or oil added)

Directions:

Line an 8x8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways. Add the Step I ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir. Add the Step II ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl and whisk well. Add the dry to wet and fold together using a rubber spatula. Scoop mixture into the pan and flatten with the spatula. Freeze overnight and slice the next day. Store completely covered in the fridge.

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!

One comment on “Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Squares

  1. 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

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