Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

pbj bars

These peanut butter and jelly bars are a great kids’ snack to keep around! Sweet enough to interest them, but not full of refined sugar. Whole grain oatmeal, dried fruit, peanut butter — these are wholesome as hell, y’all! Chef Baby likes these for breakfast sometimes, or for a snack to take to the park. Of course you can use any nut butter in place of peanut butter in case of¬†allergies.

For the sweetest PBJ bars, use raisins and/or apricots or prunes. Less sweet bars, use all or part dried cherries or figs. I use a “spreadable fruit” type of jam that’s made with just fruit but any kind you have would work.

Store these in a container at room temperature for a week. They get a little dry in the fridge.

Watch the video on YouTube!

Peanut Butter Jelly Bars recipe

peanut butter jelly bars


Oatmeal Fruit Bars

pbj bars
  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


  • 2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, figs, dates, etc)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-fruit jam
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts


  1. Set oven to 350 and line an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper, leaving edges hanging over.
  2. Cover dried fruit with boiling water and let sit 5 minutes.
  3. Put 1 3/4 cup oats in a food processor and pulse a couple of times to chop. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Add drained soaked fruit, 2 tablespoons butter, peanut butter and vanilla to the processor and pulse until combined well. Add to oats and mix. Add 2-4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid as needed to make a stiff dough.
  5. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Spread jam casually over that.
  7. Mix remaining butter with 1/2 cup remaining oats and the peanuts. Sprinkle over the jam and press in.
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes until lightly browned at the edges.
  9. Cool in pan, lift out and cut into 2″ squares.

Other Toddler-Friendly Recipes

Banana Pancakes

Steak Fries

Potato Waffles

PBJ Bars Video


  1. Jen on December 19, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    It seems like just last week I saw a video of him and he was so tiny and now he’s like… like not even a baby anymore, he’s a toddler. An adorable one! I need to stop being surprised at this, I don’t have kids myself but I know half a dozen couples who all have children ages 3-8 and I’ve watched them all grow from wee babes to where they are now. It never ceases to amaze me, though.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Hilah!

    • Hilah on December 20, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Dude! Tell me about it! I was just editing his “Year 2” video and even though I can see plainly that at the beginning of the year he could not even walk, and by the end he is jumping in bounce houses, I still can’t see how we got from one point to the other. It’s like magic!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family, Jen! <3

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