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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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pretzels

It’s time for this month’s Fantastical Food Fight featuring chocolate covered treats. The possibilities are far and wide with this theme! I had originally thought about making truffles and then considered a chocolate dipped cookie … then I thought what about my something my husband loves – peanut butter, pretzels and chocolate! That’s where this treat comes in … a crunchy pretzel, filled with peanut butter and then dipped in milk chocolate, crushed honey roasted peanuts sprinkled on top with a drizzle of white chocolate.

These pretzels were super simple to make and the longest part was impatiently waiting for the chocolate to set before devouring them!

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies – #FilltheCookieJar

This month the theme for the blogging group, Fill the Cookie Jar, is healthy or a cookie/bar that makes you think of a fresh start. For me, January is always a time to get a fresh start especially since I usually indulge over the holidays. These cookies are made with only four ingredients and take 20 minutes to make…plus they’re the perfect little treat to satisfy your sweet tooth!

These cookies use coconut flour in place of all-purpose flour. Coconut flour is high in fiber, protein and healthy fats. It’s also free of wheat and other grains, so a great option for those who have certain allergies.

If you’re not familiar with the Fill the Cookie Jar group, we’re a group of bloggers who share cookie or bar recipes the first Thursday of the month. Be sure to check out the link below to see all the other healthy/fresh start cookies and bars shared by the group.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s the first Thursday of the month and that means it’s time to Fill the Cookie Jar! This month’s theme is fall or halloween. Fall for me usually means pumpkin, apple and comfort food, but lately it’s been running here, running there, and running everywhere. So, when I decided on a recipe, I needed something that my kids could eat on the go. These chocolate peanut butter chia bars were perfect for that!

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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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Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bites

I’m on the hunt for new snacks for my kids. We’ve really slacked on eating healthy this summer and I know I’m paying for it now. So…needless to say, I’m on the mission to clean up our pantry again and try to minimize our the prepackaged foods in our house, especially with school starting in about a month.

I saw this recipe in the May 2015 Rachel Ray Magazine and knew Madeline would love it and she would be able to make it by herself. I did a trial run first and she’ll be making the next batch since it’s so easy. Just throw some ingredients into a food processor, add some mix-ins and roll in coconut. Super easy! I sampled one and it was really good, full of peanut butter flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness. Next time, I want to try making them with almond butter.

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Asian-Style Slaw – The Secret Recipe

We’ve been doing a lot of grilling lately and I’m always looking for side dishes that will go with any type of meat. This Asian-style slaw was the perfect side to grilled chicken we had one night last week.

Today’s reveal day for my Secret Recipe Club and I’m excited to share this recipe with everyone. This slaw is super easy to make and you can switch out the veggies to whatever you family likes or what you have in your garden. It’s so versatile!

My assignment this month was Natural Noshings. Nora writes about food and fitness. Her recipes focus on natural, real food and nothing to processed or over-complicated. Right up my alley! Nora had a bunch of other recipes I have pinned and look forward to making this summer.

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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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Chocolate Peanut Granola Bites – The Secret Recipe Club

It’s another edition of the Secret Recipe Club! If you haven’t heard of the SRC, you’re in for a treat. Each month, we receive a monthly assignment and we need to pick a recipe to make from our assignment. It’s a complete secret until reveal day. I love it and it’s been a great way to meet so many other bloggers and be inspired every since week.

This month my assignment was Get Off the Couch and Cook. What a great  blog name, right?!? Sashi shares easy and delicious recipes that anyone can make. As always, I struggled with deciding on a recipe, but settled on her recipe for granola bars. I haven’t make granola bars in months and of course my kids needed something to snack on. These were super easy to make. I’m going to have my daughter make them next time! She’s prepping to submit a recipe into her school’s cooking challenge next month and is so excited to be helping me in the kitchen as often as possible.

I cut the granola into smaller pieces, but then it started to crumble. They taste delicious, but ended up more like chunky granola as I was working my way through the pan. Regardless, my daughter gobbled up a bowl and said it was delicious. I don’t know if it’s because I switched out the canola oil for coconut oil, but it’s still a winner in my book!

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3 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
1 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup honey
6 Tbsp peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminium foil and add the oats, coconut and peanuts. Mix to combine. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring halfway. Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In  a small saucepan, combine the honey, peanut butter and coconut oil. Cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for one minute and then remove from the heat. Add in the chocolate chips and let melt before stirring.

Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir until completely covered. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly. Bake for 10 minutes and then allow to completely cool for an hour or more. Cut into bars or bite sized pieces and enjoy!

Check out all the other great recipes in this month’s reveal!

Peanut Butter Fudge – The Secret Recipe Club

I’m excited to share an extra Secret Recipe Club post this month! The months that have 5 Mondays, we are given the opportunity to participate in a turned reveal. This month’s themed reveal is Holiday Treats! Anything from pies, cookies to pudding and cookies. Oh what fun! There’s so much you could do with all the options.

After searching through my secret assignment, Fantastical Sharing, I decided on making something I never have made before – fudge! I was excited to receive Sarah’s blog, since she’s the current owner of the SRC and has a great blog full of so many recipes! She has her hands full with her three kids and managing everything she does for her blog and well as the SRC.

Back to the fudge recipe, it was so easy and was delicious. I made it for Thanksgiving as one of our desserts. It would make a great gift to give for the holidays as well!

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3 cups sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup butter
16 oz jar chunky peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
7.5 oz jar marshmallow creme

Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, milk and butter. Heat over medium heat stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and continue to stir for 4 more minutes.

Remove from the heat and mix in the peanut butter, vanilla and marshmallow Creme until smooth. Transfer to the dish and evenly spread out. Place in the refrigerator until the fudge sets and is firm. Cut the fudge into bite sized pieces and enjoy!

Check out all the other holiday treats from my fellow SRC members!