I don’t know too many people who don’t enjoy a good PB&J sandwich. For a lot of us this squishy sammy was a childhood staple, making it one of those comfort foods we crave from time to time! Its rare I actually eat a traditional sandwich these days, so I have been experimenting with a peanut butter and jelly protein bar recipe to satisfy my kiddie cravings!
While I admit they’re a little bit messy, since you get the jelly on your fingers if you’re not careful, I still consider this to be grab and go. At less than 175 calories each, these pb&j protein bars are perfect as a sweet start to your day or a delicious dessert that won’t break the caloric bank!
You’ll need: 1/4 c. whole wheat flour, 1/4 c. old fashioned oats, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 egg white, 1/4 cup apple sauce, 2 tbsp almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp creme fraiche, 3 tbsp jam or jelly, 6 tablespoons water.
Combine dry ingredients, combine wet ingredients (put protein powder in with egg white, apple sauce and almond milk). Blend wet and dry and pour base into a greased baking tin and bake @ 400 for 10-15 minutes.
While baking the base, combine peanut butter and creme fraiche in a bowl and put the jam/jelly with water into a sauce pan under low heat. Mix the jelly and water until well incorporated and allow to simmer lightly…stirring often. After the 10-15 minutes are up take a peak and make sure the sides are starting to slightly brown but it doesn’t quite look ‘done.’ Pull from the oven and carefully cover the top with the peanut butter mixture (which will be easier to spread as it heats).
Pop back into the oven for another 5-7 minutes and turn off the jelly on the stove. Keep stirring the jelly so it doesn’t clump or stick. Once done, pull from oven, pour jelly mixture over top and put into refrigerator to set.
While these are a little more work (literally 5 minutes) than other recipes I’ve come up with for protein bars, they’re well worth it and lets be honest, who doesn’t love Peanut butter and jelly!
Satisfy your kiddie cravings with a pb&j protein bar…enjoy!