Tuesday, October 21

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oat Bars

I think we have all hit that stage. The weather is getting chilly and blustery, all you want to do is snuggle in bed with a steaming cup of tea and thick jumpers are becoming your new winter staple.

If you can't tell from my blog already, I'm a winter girl. I live for cups of piping hot coffee, I have an obscene number of winter coats and my dream holiday is weaving down ski slopes that are thick with fresh powder.

I'm without a doubt a winter baby.

And what sort of food goes hand in hand with winter chills?

Comfort food, of course! (The best kind of food...)

On a side note: if you haven't bought the new Jamie Oliver 'Comfort Food' cook book, at least watch the tv series. It is food porn to the max and Jamie's done a cracking job at bringing out those special childhood, comforting memories in the form of food. It's amazing, it's drool worthy... It might have meant that last night I had two suppers. Whoops.

In one of my cook books I found an old American recipe for 'jammy oat bars' ; this is how this recipe originally started. However, I might have found a jar of peanut butter in my cupboard when rummaging through for flour and just had to add it into the bake. I'm obsessed with 'peanut butter & jelly', as they call it across the pond, it's my favourite thing to munch on as a late night snack and the sweet jam with the salty peanuts is a match made in heaven.

So, as you can imagine, throw this magical combination into a bar and you are onto a real winner.

 Imagine cinnamon spiced crumble mixture sandwiching sweet jam and salted peanuts...


I might have eaten 5 of these.. (6)... (7)... Okay actually 13 of them. But , in my defence, I swear it was all worth the extra inch on my thighs and the painful gym sessions afterwards. Heck, I'd do it again!

Also, say hello to my new kitchen setting. A little different from last year in that the bars are a bit wider apart... But hey ho, I'm learning how to take some decent photos with zilch natural light and in a basement kitchen. The joys of student living!

To make your own very large batch of Peanut Butter & Jelly Oat Bars, you will need:

- 265g plain flour

- 220g light brown sugar

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1/4 tsp baking powder

- 185g unsalted butter, cut into cubes

- 155g rolled oats

- 1 tsp of cinnamon

- 300g crunchy peanut butter

- 400g strawberry or raspberry jam

Preheat your oven to 180C/160 fan and line a 9inch baking tin with parchment.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder.

Cut  the butter into chunks then scatter on top of the dried ingredients. As you would with a crumble, use your fingers to rub the butter into the mixture. Slowly, it will come together from fine breadcrumbs into a crumbly sort of texture.

Gently fold in the oats until evenly combined.

Take your crumbly mixture and turn half of it into the prepared tray. Press down really hard (it takes a bit of effort) with a metal spoon so that it is flat and stretching to each of the corners.

Now this is the annoying bit, but persevere! Spoon out the peanut butter and try to spread it on top of the dough. It will stick, it will be a nightmare, but keep at it. Eventually the peanut butter will kind of become part of the dough and it will flatten down once again. Using a warm, wet metal spoon helps (keep a mug of hot water next to you, a little bit how they do in ice cream parlours.)

Once that fun task is over, spoon over the jam and push to the far edges. (This bit is infinitely easier!)

Take the second half of the crumble mixture and sprinkle on top to cover the jam as much as possible. (It will bubble out anyway once in the oven!)

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and the jam is nicely bubbling away through the cracks. It should make about 25-30 small bars once cut up when cold.

And there you have it, the best, simplest kind of comfort food. Ready to chuck in your bag, munch upon on the way to university /work or smuggle into the library.

We all need a little pick up every now and again after all!



  1. This looks so good - and the pictures are really pretty as well. X

  2. Oh my goodness - I have to try these! In fact, I want to bake them right now! They look divine.

    Jemma | Jemma In Words

  3. anything with Peanut Butter in - I'm there

    love your photos too, if you don't mind me asking, what camera do you use?

  4. Peanut butter is my absolute vice. These look ridiculously amazing. I'm scared to make them when no one else is in the house because I fear they wouldn't last five minutes.
    Love Isabella xx

  5. These look incredible! Will definitely be trying them out! Beth xxx


  6. I think I would love something like this for breakfast! :)

  7. These look fab Emily! I do feel for you with the whole underground business. I can imagine how hard taking photos is!

    Katie <3

  8. These look and sound delicious! And your photos are great, you wouldn't know you'd taken them in a basement kitchen- and I know all about dark, student kitchens!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  9. Definitely making these soon! x

  10. Oh goodness, these look incredible. Peanut butter and jelly is my absolute favorite combination however I'm the only one in my family who likes it so maybe it's not a good idea if I attempt these...then again, bikini season is over...

    Heather x


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