Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Bars
While PB&J sandwiches are great, these Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Bars are even better.  Before these I’m sure we all thought, as IF a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could get any better!
But that, my friend, has changed and changed for good…  One bite of these, and you’ll never go back to the stuff with bread.
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Bars
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Bars
Sweet and salty, chewy and satisfying, warming and comforting.  Just like the sandwich.
Healthy and naturally sweetened, rich and decadent, full of fiber and protein.  Not so much like the sandwich.
These bars have something to brag about, just check out the nutrition label below!
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Bars

With only 9 ingredients (or 8 if you use all agave instead of the agave/maple combo) these simple and easy-to-make bars will please all, kids and adults alike, not only from the taste but from its happy, humble ingredient list!

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly Shortbread Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients

    Shortbread Base:
  • 192g (2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats*, blended to a coarse flour
  • 93g (3 scoops) Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 96g (1/4 cup + 2 tbs) Coconut Butter**
  • 210g (1/2 cup + 2 tbs) Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 tsp Butter Extract (optional, but c'mon now...)
  • Peanut Butter Fudge Filling:
  • 124g (4 scoops) Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 84g (1/4 cup) Agave Nectar
  • 84g (1/4 cup) Pure Maple Syrup (or more agave)
  • 21g (1 tbs) Molasses
  • 128g (1/2 cup) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)
  • Jelly Layer:
  • 1/2 cup 100% fruit Raspberry Spread (any other flavor will work)
  • Crumble:
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of Shortbread Base mixture, packed (depends on how much crumble you want)

Instructions

    For the Shortbread Base:
  1. Line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways and set aside.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut butter and agave and microwave at 20-second intervals, stirring between each one, until smooth and runny. Stir in butter extract and pour over dry ingredients. Stir until combined/moistened. Reserve 1/3-1/2 cup of this mixture by packing it into a measuring cup. Scoop the rest into the prepared pan and flatten. Refrigerate while you make the filling.
  3. For the PB Filling, Jelly and Crumble:
  4. Add the protein powder to a medium-sized mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the agave, maple syrup, molasses and peanut butter. Pour over the protein powder and fold with a rubber spatula. Mixture is ready when it can form into a dough ball. Scoop this onto the crust and flatten.
  5. Spread the jam over the PB layer.
  6. Put the reserved crust mixture in a clean bowl and crumble it with your fingers, sprinkle evenly over the jam. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours then slice and serve!

Notes

*Measured 1.5 cups after blending

**You can make coconut butter at home!

Feel free to sprinkle on some chopped peanuts as well!

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

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/peanut-butter-jelly-shortbread-bars/

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I tried to keep the recipe moderate in fat and high in protein (success!) since I was making them for my dad to bring to work for his coworkers (aka, health nuts and workout maniacs).  After bringing these and these, they are always asking him to bring in my healthified desserts!
Edit:  healthified desserts with peanut butter.
Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Shortbread Bars
Who knew a bunch of businessmen and women had such sweet teeth??
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Labels: Agave, Bars-Blondies-and-Brownies, Coconut-Butter, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Honey, Maple, Molasses, No-Bake, Nutrition-Label, Oats, Peanut-Butter, Protein-Powder, Raspberry

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Comments (13)

  1. Jessica: June 9, 2012

    These look awesome!!! I love raspberry jam too, definitely one of my favorites.. It would be a little more tart but I bet Lingonberry jam would be great on these too : )

  2. CulinarilyCourtney: June 9, 2012

    So glad to have found a fellow college student blogger/baker :D I really love how you have incorporated your major and passion for healthy food into your cooking! Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are one of my lunchtime usuals, but I certainly wouldn’t mind having one of these bars for dessert heheh.

  3. Janine (sugarkissed.net): June 10, 2012

    Hubby would love these for sure!

  4. Sarah @ The Fit Cookie: June 10, 2012

    Yummy, one of my favorite combinations: peanut butter and jelly! : )

  5. Stefanie: June 11, 2012

    Would honey or something else be an acceptable substitute for agave? Thanks! These look amazing.

  6. Jessica: June 11, 2012

    Yup, honey would definitely work here!

  7. Stefanie: June 11, 2012

    Thank you!

  8. Anonymous: June 11, 2012

    You know that agave nectar is a non natural highly refined product that has more concentrated fructose than high fructose corn syrup.

  9. Jessica: June 11, 2012

    I know that agave (along with many other sweeteners these days) is refined, but I found out I’m allergic to honey and couldn’t use it here. You can use honey or pure maple syrup here if you’d like!

  10. Sinfully Nutritious: June 12, 2012

    These look fantastic! I cannot wait to try them.

  11. Wrappy: July 9, 2012

    Hi! Can I substitute any more commonly available ingredient for coconut butter? I can’t find it in my country. Thanks! :D

  12. Jessica: July 10, 2012

    You can try mixing together 1/4 cup of coconut oil with 2 tbs of full fat coconut milk, or try making your own at home if you have shredded coconut on hand:
    http://ohsheglows.com/2010/06/22/homemade-coconut-butter/

    You can also order it online here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Artisana-Organic-Raw-Coconut-Butter/dp/B000WV153I/ref=pd_ybh_2

  13. Annie: September 3, 2012

    Hey Jessica, found your blog recently and love it! I made these bars on my blog for today and linked back to you. I made a few small changes for what I had on hand and to suit my preferences but they were SO delicious! You have some great recipes and I love how you share why your desserts are healthy and all that you are learning in school! Great job on creating such a fantastic site! :)

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