Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars #SundaySupper

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

Every time I hear the words “back to school” a chill goes down my spine. I’m so thankful those dreaded days are over forever and ever for me. Even so, the commercials about school supplies, the talk on the news, the upcoming sightings of those big yellow school buses. It’s enough to make me want to cry. But then I remember, for me summer is endless and nonexistent all at the same time. If I want to take a day off in the middle of the week just to go shopping I can, but with a blog and big writing dreams, the work is never far away, especially in this age of social media and smartphones.

If you didn’t already guess or know from reading my blog, I didn’t exactly like school. This time of year was perhaps the worst of all. After roughly two and a half months off, going back to the classroom seemed nearly impossible. How could I give up freedom and fun for early mornings and “learning?”

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

In the weeks leading up to the first day of school, the anxiety would creep in as teacher assignments and schedules would come in the mail. Books and uniforms needed to be ordered, supplies purchased. I put off as much as possible until the last minute. I didn’t care if all of my folders had to be neon green as long as it meant I didn’t have to go shopping until the day before school began. Mom did a lot to help me out and relieve the pressure as well, giving me as much of the summer as possible.

Luckily, I never had summer assignments. I feel so bad for the kids who are given reading lists and projects to do over the summer. At the end of one school year, I didn’t even know who the teachers would be the next, so they couldn’t give me assignments. Score! We only get summers for so long, we should get to enjoy them.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

On the first day back to school and many days during the school year, I’d find a note from Mom in my lunchbox or purse. It provided comfort to me, much like little treats like these Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars will provide a fun and comforting treat before, during, or after school.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

These easy to make, no-bake treats are healthy, yet definitely a sweet treat! Full of oats, natural sugar, protein packed peanut butter, flavorful dried blueberries, and Fruity Pebbles and peanut butter chips for a special surprise, these are sure to be a hit for kids everywhere and make going back to school a little easier!  There’s no actual jelly in them, but that classic flavor comes through thanks to the blueberries and Fruity Pebbles.  Plus, as long as you use gluten free oats, these are gluten free!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup honey

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

1 ½ cups quick cooking oats (gluten free, if necessary)

1 ½ cups Fruity Pebbles

½ cup dried blueberries

½ cup peanut butter chips

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment. Set aside.

In a large microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter and honey. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and microwave on high an additional minute. The mixture should be bubbling; if it is not, microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir in the vanilla.

Add oats and Pebbles and stir until fully coated. Add blueberries and peanut butter chips and stir until evenly distributed. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly. Refrigerate for about 2 hours to firm before cutting into bars.

Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up 6 months. Thaw at room temperature about 1 hour or in the microwave about 30 seconds.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!
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Back to School Sweets and Treats

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Comments

  1. ahu says:

    How fun are these! Any recipe that includes ‘Fruity Pebbles’ as a listed ingredient gets a gold star in my book :)

  2. Katie says:

    Oooh – I love a peanut butter and jelly combo in general, and I think these bars sound like a fabulous treat!

  3. Joanne says:

    These are adorable! School is kind of endless for me at the moment, but I love PB+J flavored things year-round. They provide endless comfort!

  4. Liz says:

    I would not eat a pb&j sandwich for lunch, but I’d happily accept a handful of your scrumptious granola bars!!! YUM!

  5. Fruity Pebbles?! These sound terrific! I love they are easy to make too!

  6. What a fun lunchbox idea! These look fantastic!!

  7. PB&J will always be comfort food to me and your added touch of sweetness will, certainly, make all the kids happy…even the grown-up ones!

    • Laura says:

      Yes! My parents and I loved these cookies! I also took them to the doctor’s office where they were a hit. But we all are kids at heart :)

  8. Debbie Eccard says:

    These sound wonderful…. I can see how these could be a great substitute for the normal PB&J.

  9. Tara says:

    These would be a great after school snack, my daughter really likes peanut butter but can’t have it at school!!

    • Laura says:

      You could definitely serve them as an after school snack or quick breakfast before school, Tara! Or you could substitute almond butter and white chocolate/chocolate/cinnamon chips if almond butter is allowed.

      • Tara says:

        No nuts at all are allowed. I tried asking at the chat on Sunday if it was like this in the US but no one answered me.

        • Laura says:

          I’m not in school any more (thankfully ;)) but I have heard some schools don’t allow peanut butter – I haven’t heard of them banning all nuts, but I can’t say for sure. I didn’t know you weren’t in the US. Where do you live?

  10. Mason Canyon says:

    These treats look yummy and easy to make, my kind of recipe.

  11. I love this. A combination of my childhood all rolled into one recipe. Perfect.

  12. Monet says:

    These granola bars would make going back to school easier I think! They look delicious!

  13. Heather says:

    Ha! Fruity pebbles-how awesome! I couldn’t figure out what made those colorful flecks until I finally read the recipe!

    • Laura says:

      I have rediscovered my Fruity Pebble addiction lately. They make a fun addition to granola bars instead of Rice Krispies.

  14. Oh these are soo soo smart! I love them!

  15. Soni says:

    Such a fun idea!My kids would go crazy for these :)

  16. Shaina says:

    So many PB&J recipes today, I’m loving this!

  17. I love the little colored flecks!

  18. Fun twist on a classic! Fruity Pebbles – haven’t had those in ages, that brings a smile to my face:)

  19. Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars? Heck, I’d go back to school just so I could score some of these! Fun recipe — thanks.

  20. Laura, these bars look so delicious! I love peanut butter and jelly, and gluten free seems to be my way of living now!

  21. just in time for back to school.
    i’ve got a couple pb & j creations coming up, hope people like em!

  22. These sound so fun and yummy!

  23. Johlene says:

    I love this easy no fuss gluten free recipe that looks amaZZZing! Bookmarked :-) xoxo

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