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Vegan PB&J Oatmeal Bars

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see note)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (my favorite is Pacific Food’s [url:1]Organic Vanilla[/url])
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8×8″ baking dish with parchment paper for easy removal. I like to criss-cross two sheets of parchment paper to lift up the bars once baking.
  2. Place the peanut butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on medium-high until fluffy. If you don’t have an electric mixer, use a hand mixer.
  3. Add in vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  4. Add in the flour, oats, salt and baking soda and mix together on medium speed. Drizzle in almond milk until a dough forms.
  5. Remove 2/3 of the dough and gently roll into a ball with your hands. Place in the middle of the pan and press to fit. Place it in the middle of an 8×8 baking dish, pressing it to fit.
  6. Warm the strawberry jam in a small saucepan or in the microwave until slightly melted. This will make it easier to spread.
  7. Pour the jam over the bars and crumble the remaining dough on top. Don’t worry if the dough doesn’t completely cover the jam, it will spread a little when cooking.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until set and golden on top. Let cool completely, then cut into 12 squares.

Notes

I first tried these with whole-wheat flour and the bars came out too dense. If you don’t have whole-wheat pastry flour, I recommend subbing in regular flour.

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