Peanut butter is a convenient (and very kid-friendly) way of adding some nutrition to your daily diet! Eaten in moderation (read: small amounts at a time), it is a good source of healthy fats, protein, fibre, and vitamins–all of which help boost your energy and immune system. Opt for low-sugar and lower-fat peanut butters when you can!
(Source: Leanne Brown’s “Good and Cheap” Cookbook)
These bars are great for a quick but nutritious on-the-go breakfast or snack, and better for you than store-bought granola bars!
Makes ~12 bars
- 3 cups oats (or 2 cups of oats with 1 cup Rice Krispies cereal)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup hot water
- Butter or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup jelly/jam of your choice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Optional: chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, dried fruit, honey
- Baking pan
- Large bowl
- Small pan
- Heat the oven to 350F.
- Use butter or oil to grease the baking pan.
- Pour oats into a large bowl.
- Add peanut butter and half of the jelly, hot water, and salt into a small pan. Stir over low heat until smooth.
- Mix the peanut butter and jelly mixture into the oats until the oats are evenly coated.
- Pour mixture into the oiled pan and press into an even layer.
- Spread remaining jelly on top.
- Put the baking pan into the oven and bake for 25 minutes (or until toasty brown around the edges).
- Leave the bars in the pan until cooled completely (approximately 1 hour). Slice into separate bars.