Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut butter and jelly….spread’em out. Whenever I hear those words, it takes me back to my days of cheerleading camp. I even find myself saying at my cheer practices now. Today’s recipe is part of the Fantastical Food Fight blogging group. Each month we’re given a theme – it could be an ingredient or a specific recipe. This month’s theme was Peanut Butter and Jelly. I was planning to make burgers with a PB&J twist, but life got in the way. This was my back-up plan.

My husband loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I knew these bars would be a hit! Now if I can just stay away from the container of them that’s taunting me every time I go into the kitchen. I did sneak a little taste when I was cutting them up and they’re full of peanut butter and jelly deliciousness. They have peanut butter shortbread crust, gooey jelly filling and then a crumbly top with honey-roasted peanuts. YUM!!

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Caramel Chocolate Shortbread

Last week, my company had their holiday luncheon and I always look for a new recipe to make and came across this recipe for caramel chocolate shortbread. I love Twix bars and this totally reminded me of them…though better since I accidentally browned the butter while making caramel. It really amp’d up the flavor and added more depth of flavor. I doubt I could do it again and I’m not even sure what I did, but I’m glad it happened. The shortbread layer is light and fluffy, the gooey caramel and a chocolate top – perfection!

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Chocolate Coffee Brownies #Choctoberfest

Drumroll please…..here’s my second recipe for #Choctoberfest!! I love chocolate and coffee together and these brownies were the perfect combination of both. Today’s recipe features coffee from one of our sponsors, Caveman Coffee Co. Caveman Coffee Co. is a leader in the third wave specialty coffee market. Their coffee is hand-picked, wet processed and roasted in small batches in New Mexico. I received a bag of their Blacklisted coffee and I immediately knew I was going to love it! It’s a bold dark roast that is full of body and low acidity – the perfect type of coffee to combine with chocolate.

These brownies were really good. They’re more cake-like than fudge, but you can’t go wrong with any type of brownies! My husband raved about them and said they were so perfect warmed up with a glass of milk.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s time for September’s #FilltheCookieJar group and I’m filling the jar with these delicious peanut butter banana bars. The theme for this month was fall, and while these bars aren’t exactly fall themed, they are still delicious and you can’t go wrong with the combination of peanut butter and banana.

These bars are easy to make and the have a gooey layer of peanut butter on top. I had everything in my pantry and they were a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. Definitely  give these a try next time you have bananas to use.

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Cherry Almond Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar with these delicious cherry almond bars. I’m excited to see what all my fellow bloggers made this month too. I had bought a bag of cherries for a great price and found this recipe was scrolling through Pinterest. They’re really good and easy to make. I was a little short in the amount of cherries I needed for this recipe, but they still came out great.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Pretzel Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

If you’re watching what you’re eating…you may want to skip over this post. This recipe is definitely an indulgence, but so worth it! This month’s theme was Father’s Day. I decided to treat my husband to one of his favorite things – peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Throw in some pretzels and you’ve got these amazing bars. The bars were so rich, but tasted just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a tiny hint of salt. So, so good!

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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

My daughter has been asking for me to make her bars and as I was looking through the fridge and pantry to see what I had on hand and saw two containers of strawberries that no one had touched. I found this recipe for strawberry oatmeal bars and it was so simple to make!

Both kids have gobbled them up and I love they’re prefect for an after school snack or a sweet treat after dinner. I switched out the butter for coconut oil, but I’m going to try making them with butter next time. The crust was not as solid as I wanted and broke apart easily. They tasted great otherwise! They’re not too sweet and I love the crumble on top.

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Avocado Brownies – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar and this month’s theme is “Mom’s Favorites.” I love sweets – I haven’t found a dessert that I don’t love. It’s bad, but since turning 36 last month, I’ve noticed my metabolism has slowed down….really slowed down. I’m not happy about it. Now I need to be a little more picky with indulging my sweet tooth and I’ve been looking for recipes for sweet treats that I can still enjoy but aren’t so bad for me.

I recently bought a bag of coconut flour and was searching for recipes when I stumbled across one for avocado brownies. Interesting, I know! Ironically, I had a very ripe avocado that I needed to use and decided to give it a try. I didn’t tell my kids what type of brownies they were and they gobbled up a piece and loved them! Win!! I cooked mine to be a more fudge like, the chocolate flavor is perfect and you don’t even taste the avocado. I’ll definitely be making these again!

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Brown Butter Cookie Bars

Sometimes you just need to bake and the day I made these cookie bars was one of those days. They were exactly what I needed! Baking is one of those things that I do to calm and relax me. I wish I would using running or working out, but I think it’s a good reminder for me to slow down. Life has been crazy – it’s seems like it’s been that way lately and I’m looking forward to the end of the school year and lacrosse.

So back to the cookie bars….they’re so good and addicting! I mean after all they have brown butter. I also used Nestle Delightfull Milk Chocolate Morsels filled with Peanut Butter in place of regular chocolate chips. Yes, I know…AMAZING!!!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

As usual I had some over-ripe bananas on my counter waiting to be used and decided I would make some snack bars for the kids. They’ve been eating like crazy lately, not sure if they’re getting ready to hibernate for the winter or what is going on! It was also the perfect time to get my recipe ready for this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar. Our theme this month was Christmas / Holiday. While these bars don’t have peppermint, red or green, they’re the perfect treat to snack on while you’re decorating!

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