For dessert or breakfast, these bars are hearty, creamy, and slightly addicting…
I had been thinking about making something with this combination for a while now, especially with strawberries in season. They came out even better than I imagined!!
I am hands down an almond butter fan, way over peanut butter any day. Anyone else with me?
I do like peanut butter from time to time, but almond butter is beautifully versatile, protein-packed, and has that delicious creamy taste that can be added to so many recipes.
Did you know, peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts, so they grow in the ground, making them more susceptible to absorb pesticides. It’s a sad truth, I know. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them ever, but it is part of the reason why I love almond butter so much.
These bars can absolutely be made with any kind of nut butter, play around and try your favorites. The same goes for the jam. Use a store-bought, homemade, or simply cook down your fav berries. I sliced up some strawberries and cooked them down with a sprinkle of coconut sugar until they were glazed.
Whatever variation you try, let me know what you think and how much you loved these bars!
Almond Butter & Jam Oat Bars
- MAKES: 9 bars
- TOTAL TIME: 45min
1 1/4 cup rolled oats, quick oats work too
1/2 cup flour, I used a GF blend
3/4 cup almond butter, or any nut butter, divided
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup your fav jam or homemade preserves, I used cooked down strawberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds, optional
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, 1/2 cup almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt until it’s crumbly and sticks together. You can also use a food processor.
- Firmly press 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of a parchment paper line 8×8 baking pan.
Evenly spread out the remaining almond butter on the base as best as you can, wetting the back of a rubber spatula helps here.
Pour over the jam or fruit preserves and evenly spread.
Into the remaining oat mixture, stir in the sliced almonds (or any other nuts you’d like) to combine. Crumble this mixture over the jam and lightly press down.
Bake for 30min and allow to cool completely before cutting into 9 bars. Enjoy!!
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