PB & J Bars


This dessert-like snack sounds great for kids and back to school lunches. We altered this PB & J Bars recipe from the Santa Cruz Organic website.

Special Diet Notes: PB & J Bars

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, soy-free, and vegetarian.

For peanut-free / nut-free: swap the peanut butter for Sunbutter or favorite seed butter.

PB & J Bars
  • 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 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup seedless raspberry jam
  1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
  2. Spray a 9" x 13" metal baking pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Blend together butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl until smooth.
  4. Add egg and continue mixing.
  5. Add flour and salt and mix until dough forms.
  6. Reserve 1 cup dough for topping.
  7. Press remaining dough evenly in bottom of pan.
  8. Spread jam in an even layer on top of dough and then coarsely spoon drop reserved dough over jam layer.
  9. Bake 30 – 35 minutes.
  10. Cool completely, then cut into bars.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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