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Peanut Butter Jelly Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

https://mywholefoodlife.com/2018/09/24/peanut-butter-jelly-bars-vegan-gluten-free/

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars are where it’s at.  Your favorite childhood snack made into one tasty dessert bar.

This recipe came about because I accidentally contaminated a jar of jelly.  My youngest daughter is allergic to tree nuts and I used a spoon that had touched cashew butter in the jam. So I needed to use it up in a recipe.

I made these bars for my husband to take to work for snacks.

 

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

 

These delicious bars are packed with peanut butter flavor.  They also happen to be vegan, gluten free and oil free!  I used raspberry jam, but you can use any jam flavor you like.  You can also use sunflower butter if you need a nut free option.

 

 

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

 

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Vegan Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 T almond milk
  • 1/2 cup jam of choice (I used raspberry)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, mix all the wet ingredients, except the jam.

In a medium bowl, mix all the dry.

Add dry to wet and mix until well combined.

Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.

Press half the mixture into the pan.

Spread the jam on top of that.

Lastly, drop the last 1/2 of the batter on top of the jam.

Bake in the oven for 23-25 minutes.

Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Recipe Notes

Keep these bars stored in the fridge.  They should last a couple weeks that way.  You can also freeze them for up to 6 months. Enjoy!

 

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

 

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CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.

CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
parmesan
fresh, torn basil

Directions

In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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