Hello friends, and happy Wednesday!
I am currently sitting in Ohio, in my dad’s office, and we are both doing our work together on this beautiful autumn afternoon in the heartland.
It’s an absolutely gorgeous day – all of the leaves are changing colors, it’s crisp outside with a slight breeze. And just enough clouds to make the sky interesting!
And I am chomping away on one of my favorite snacks: PB&J bars.
They are absolutely divine. They taste just like my childhood favorite, only now – with a sophisticated twist!
When I arrived in Ohio, I made a batch of these bars to have around the house this week, because they are a super convenient, healthy and fast snack, breakfast or dessert! Not to mention they are a great, sharable treat that everyone – no matter if you’re my niece’s age (7), my age, or my parents’ age! Everybody loves the classic combination of peanut butter and jelly!
Plus, they are grain and gluten free, vegan, paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!
Here’s what you need: (Make 12 bar, or 36 “bites”)
20 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup fresh-ground peanut butter
1 1/4 cup peanuts
3/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup dired cherries
1/4 cup peanuts
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips + 1 tsp coconut oil (Optional; SCD omit)
This could not be easier! Throw all of the ingredients into the food processor, and process until it forms the consistency of thick, wet sand.
Line your brownie pan with parchment paper. You’ll want it to go up over the sides so you can easily pull out the bars from the pan.
Then, pour all of your dough from the food processor into the lined brownie pan.
Then, take another sheet of parchment paper and place it on top of the dough. Then, with your hands (on top of the parchment), smoosh the dough to the corners of the pan, creating an even layer of dough.
Then, remove the top parchment paper, and place your remaining 1/4 cup cherries and 1/4 cup peanuts evenly on the flattened dough. Then, return the parchment paper to the top, and with your hands, smoosh them into the dough. (This creates a nice texture surprise in the bars).
Pop the dough in the fridge to chill.
To prepare your drizzle, melt your chocolate chips + 1/4 tsp coconut oil in a microwave safe dish or Pyrex. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring frequently. Then, once it is all drizzly, with a fork, drizzle over your bars, as much or as little as you’d like!
Return to the fridge to cool, for either 2 hours, or overnight.
Then, with a sharp knife, cut into 12 bars. Wrap each individually in parchment paper, and store in the refrigerator in a closed container for up to 3 weeks. You may also form them into 36 bite-sized bars.
HOLY COW, these bars are such a treat!
I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing quite like peanut butter and jelly to really bring on the nostalgia, and offer a sort of “food hug” if you know what I mean.
The cherries were phenomenal in this dish! They were the perfect “jelly” flavor, because they were just tart enough to really cut through the intense sweetness from the dates!
And the peanuts were divine. They offered this nice crunchy bite that paired perfectly with the stick and chewy bars. Mmm mmm mmm!
But the chocolate was what really brought them over the top! I mean – wowzers. Talk about taking it to the next level! Gourmet status, let me tell you!
And they were BEAUTIFUL! Oh my gosh, the swirls of chocolate looked like fantastic spiderwebs! It was like something out of a high-end chocolatier!
And seriously, they were so easy. For thirty minutes of actual “labor,” you’re eating good all week!
Do yourself and your family a favor — make these bars! They’re the perfect healthy indulgence that will make your tastebuds, your body, and your wallet dance! 🙂
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