PB & J Bars


Okay, this is more of a dessert-like snack, but it sounds great for kids and back to school lunches.  We altered it from the Santa Cruz Organic website.


  • 6 tbsp non-hydrogenated shortening or margarine (Earth Balance buttery sticks would work well in this one), softened
  • 1 cup natural Peanut Butter (such as Santa Cruz Organic®)
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾cup seedless raspberry jam


  • Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
  • Spray a 9″ x 13″ metal baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • Blend together butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Add egg and continue mixing.
  • Add flower and salt and mix until dough forms.
  • Reserve 1 cup dough for topping.
  • Press remaining dough evenly in bottom of pan.
  • Spread jam in an even layer on top of dough and then coarsely spoon drop reserved dough over jam layer.
  • Bake 30 – 35 minutes.
  • Cool completely, then cut into bars.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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