Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Bars (GF + Vegan)

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Bars have a layer of PB&J in the middle, surrounded by a crunchy oatmeal crust. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Bars have a layer of PB&J in the middle, surrounded by a crunchy oatmeal crust. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.Let me start with this: these bars are one of my new favorites things. But…the first time I made these bars, I immediately knew I couldn’t post them. They were so hideous, and what was supposed to be a crumbly topping ended up completely melting into the peanut butter layer. I also burned them a little. They looked vaguely like the surface of the moon.

Once I tried them though, I went on a quest to perfect these bars. Despite being unattractive based solely on appearances, these bars were my dream as a peanut butter lover, even burned and ugly. There was no way I could salvage them enough to photograph them so they’d look good enough to post, so the recipe went back to the drawing board.

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Bars have a layer of PB&J in the middle, surrounded by a crunchy oatmeal crust. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.These bars smelled just like PB&J as they were baking in the oven, and the resulting treats were super peanut buttery with a hint of fruitiness from the jelly. They were irresistible. Literally, because I ate 80% of the first pan with only a little bit of help from my roommate Ally.

The people who know me well know I have developed pretty stellar self-control around my baked goods, and that all went out the window with these. With the first, not-as-good version of these. They were not-as-good, and they were still amazing. The second version? Even better. I tweaked things so the bars weren’t as crumbly, added chopped strawberries to help enhance the flavor of the jelly, and made sure the crumble topping had hung out in the fridge while the bottom crust was baking. The crumbles being cold helped them hold together once they hit the oven.

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Bars have a layer of PB&J in the middle, surrounded by a crunchy oatmeal crust. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.These peanut butter & jelly bars surely aren’t going to win any beauty contests, but they were good enough that I had to share them with you anyways. And this version is a lot less ugly than the last, so at least there’s that.

To be honest, I had a hard time believing these were gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan and I MADE them. No one will ever know you’re feeding them secretly healthy treats, but I’m sure they’ll appreciate it. 

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Bars have a layer of PB&J in the middle, surrounded by a crunchy oatmeal crust. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.These bars are also super quick! Besides their baking time, you shouldn’t have any more than 10, maybe 15 minutes MAX of hands on time with these. If I had kids, these would be the perfect back to school lunchbox treat. But since I don’t, I’m just recommending that you make them for your kids (or coworkers, or family, or…whoever) to earn yourself a few extra loves.

Now, I just have to get them out of the house.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars (GF + Vegan)
 
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Serves: 16 squares
Ingredients
  • 1½ (6 oz.) cups almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil, solid at room temperature
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
  • ½ cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter, warmed slightly
  • ⅓ cup jam, flavor of choice (I used strawberry), warmed slightly
  • ½ cup chopped strawberries (or the fruit of the jam flavor you used)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper or foil and grease lightly.
  2. In large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the peanut butter, jelly, and chopped fruit. Stir until combined.
  3. Reserve 1 cup of crumb mixture for the topping. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of greased pan. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove partially baked crust from the oven. Spread peanut butter over crust, drizzle with jelly and sprinkle with chopped fruit. Top with remaining crumb mixture.
  5. Return to oven and bake for another 30 minutes or until bubbling and lightly browned. Let cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.

These Peanut Butter & Jelly Crumb Bars have a layer of PB&J in the middle, surrounded by a crunchy oatmeal crust. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free.

Comments

  1. Self control around peanut butter???? Excuse me what’s that? Can I eat it?
    Gurl, how you’re not baking 233248937498 million batches of these right now but writing on your blog right now instead is beyond me.
    These look incredible!
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  2. I think you are too hard on yourself! These bars sound great! Great post!
    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat recently posted…Watermelon Salad with Balsamic ReductionMy Profile

  3. These look incredible Rachel! I have been on the lookout for GF/Dairy free treats to share with friends with allergies and I am definitely going to keep these in mind!
    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel recently posted…Kitchen Fails and S’mores Overnight French Toast CasseroleMy Profile

  4. These look so tasty! I love anything with PB.

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  5. Love that these are gluten free and vegan! I have only baked with almond meal, not almond flour- gotta try :) Pinning!
    Medha (Whisk and Shout) recently posted…{Vegan + GF} Maple Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce!My Profile

    • Medha – they’re the same thing! Sometimes almond flour is a bit finer and blanched, but besides that they perform almost identically. Thanks for the pin!

  6. Oh gosh I can totally see why you didn’t have any self control around these! Peanut butter and jelly crumb bars?? If you have any left I’ll take one!! :)
    Ashley recently posted…Honey Peanut Butter Ice Cream + A GiveawayMy Profile

  7. These bars look incredible, Rachel! <3
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  8. I found your blog through the FBC, SU and Yum Sunday, I love your food styling! Pinned, yummed, Stumbled! I am going to share this on my FB page too!
    Sara @ Life’s Little Sweets recently posted…Vegan Banana BreadMy Profile

  9. Lol, the surface of the moon! Well… I don’t know what these bars looked like the first time around, but I’m glad you tried again because these ones look AMAZING! You can’t really go wrong with PB&J– so yummy!
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  10. It’s hard to imagine the tops looking like the surface of the moon? They look way too good! These would get demolished at my house. :)
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  11. Hello! I’ve included this recipe in my list of oat-tactic recipes to check out in my Saturday round-up. Don’t worry: it’s simply a link that takes my readers to your fantastic blog. :) Check it out! http://bit.ly/1i3Q0n4 (it goes live at 10 AM EST)

    Have a great weekend!

    Lauren / The Oatmeal Artist

  12. If I wanted to use spelt flour instead, would it replace the almond flour 1:1?

    • Hi Melissa, I haven’t ever used spelt flour but from what I know about it, I imagine it would work to substitute it for the almond flour here. However, since I haven’t tried it, I can’t guarantee it will work. Good luck!

    • Thanks!!!! These look AMAZING!!!!! I have such a weakness for peanut butter so I’m sure I’ll love them. I’m pretty sure my sprouted spelt flour will work….gonna give it a try!

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