Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly bars have a honey roasted peanut and oat crust and a jammy strawberry filling. The gluten-free treat is sure to please adults and kids alike!

These Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are the perfect gluten-free after-school snack for both kids and adults alike!

Is there any combo more classic or delicious than good ol’ PB&J? I don’t think so. And if you beg to differ, these Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are here to show you what’s up.

To all my fellow Trader Joe’s fans, I know you won’t blame me when I say one of their kitschy products inspired me to make this totally addicting, no-bake recipe. Sure, I’d enjoyed my share of honey roasted peanuts back in the day when my dad would take down that classic Planter’s can from the kitchen shelf after a long day at work, but my indulgence in those sweet and salty goobers stopped as soon as I was responsible for buying my own groceries. It’s not that I didn’t like them, it just never crossed my mind to throw them in the shopping cart.

That all changed, of course, when I saw a gleaming bag of Honey Roasted Peanuts staring back at me from the “What’s New” section of my local TJ’s (anyone else ALWAYS get sucked in by that section?) Let’s just say they’re now a regular item on the hubs’ and my weekly shopping list, and we enjoy them almost daily in the same way my dad always did – as a little late afternoon nibble to hold us over until dinnertime.

I’d been racking my brain trying to figure out some delicious way to work them into a recipe when my Instagram feed was suddenly filled with all my friends’ kids starting their first days of school, holding up those cute letter boards saying what they wanted to be when they grow up, showing off their cute new back-to-school clothes. Almost immediately, I realized the perfect recipe would be something easy and semi-healthy that all these mamas and papas could make as a treat for their little ones after a long day in the classroom.

These Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are the perfect gluten-free after-school snack for both kids and adults alike!

We all know that PB&J is a quintessential back-to-school combo, and I was going to make it into something special that these kiddos would look forward to coming home to. Hence, these Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars were born!

I’m all for a little indulgent treat now and then, but I also believe that there are tonnnnns of delicious healthier options we can all choose from every day. So in creating this recipe, I wanted to find the balance between indulgent treat and healthy sweet. The recipe is also extremely easy and requires no baking, so you can make it at any time during the day (or even the night before) and it will be ready to be enjoyed by your hungry little ones as soon as that dismissal bell rings.

These Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are the perfect gluten-free after-school snack for both kids and adults alike!

Everything for these Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars comes together in just a couple of easy steps.

First, you’ll want to make a strawberry “jam” that will serve as the top layer of the bars. This is an easy, stovetop process that takes only 20 minutes or so (mostly unattended) so don’t stress because I mentioned the word “jam.” Once you’ve simmered some strawberries, maple syrup and water until everything is broken down and combined, you’ll simply stir in some chia seeds to help it all thicken up and not make TOO big of a mess when you go to cut into everything.

Strawberries simmer over the stove to make a delicious jam for Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars.

While your jam is simmering, combine those OG honey roasted peanuts, oats, butter and some dates quickly in a food processor to make a crumb mixture that is then pressed into a baking dish to form the crust. Spread the “jam” over top, pop everything in the refrigerator and, voila! You’ll have these Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars sliced and ready to feed some very hungry little mouths.

A honey roasted peanut and oat crust makes up the base of these Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars.

Now, I know I’ve mentioned the kids gobbling these up, but be sure to set aside a few for yourself. You’re not going to want to miss them. Plus, they’re gluten-free! Even more reason for every single person in your family to enjoy them.

These Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars are the perfect gluten-free after-school snack for both kids and adults alike!

Read on for the recipe!

Easy No-Bake Honey Roasted Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
Prep Time
30 mins
Refrigerator time
2 hrs
Total Time
30 mins
 

A tasty, no-bake bar with a honey roasted peanut and oat crust and a jammy strawberry filling, this gluten-free treat is sure to please adults and kids alike!

Course: Dessert
Keyword: after-school, dessert, gluten-free, jelly, kid-friendly, no-bake, peanut butter, snack
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the jam:
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds OR 1 teaspoon tapioca flour
For the crust:
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 dates, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving enough on each side to assist you in pulling the bars out. Set aside.

  2. Combine the strawberries, maple syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer until fruit is broken down and forms a jam-like consistency. Remove from heat and stir in chia seeds. Let cool slightly. 

  3. While the strawberries are simmering, make the crust. Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles the texture of wet sand. Dump contents of food processor into prepared baking dish and use your fingers to press it evenly along the bottom. 

  4. Spoon cooled strawberry jam on top of the crust and spread evenly. Cover and chill for at least two hours, if not longer. 

  5. Cut into 12 bars and enjoy!

Addicting S’mores Granola Clusters

Because oats surrounded by graham crackers, chocolate chips and toasty marshmallows are healthy, right?

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Well, if you ask me, there are certainly worse after-school snacks than these S’mores Granola Clusters. (Says the girl who’s not even in school, nor has any children that are in school, but hey, we all need delicious, chocolatey, gooey clusters in our lives every now and again.)

My idea for this recipe certainly evolved and changed as I started to think of the logistics of it all. You see, my first idea was to make a straight up s’mores granola, but then I realized that with both the chocolate and marshmallows highly subject to melting, making a classic granola would be a little difficult unless I could find mini graham crackers, chocolate chips and marshmallows that I could just add to the oats after toasting them. But where’s the fun in that?

So I decided to embrace the melting qualities of the ingredients that make s’mores so delicious, and turn the recipe into granola clusters instead. And, um, take the S’mores Granola Clusters away from me now because I can’t stop reaching into the Ziploc for me. Hellllppp!

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But really, don’t, because I want to eat S’mores Granola Clusters for ever and ever and ever. Summer, winter, fall, spring, doesn’t matter. We don’t need no outdoor fire pit for these beauts!

I may or may not have already made second or third batches to share with everyone I know since school started last week, and did I mention they’re the perfect after-school snack? They also just so happen to be the perfect beach-going snack, the perfect “semi-healthy” dessert, and the perfect “it’s 11:00am and I’m starving but it’s too early for lunch yet” snack (please tell me that happens to other people besides just me?)

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But before I get into how we make these addicting S’mores Granola Clusters (because it really won’t take long), tell me, how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Go anywhere exciting? I’m trying to forget the fact that we were supposed to be in Yosemite for our annual trip this weekend, so please let me live vicariously through you and all your fun adventures! I’m soooo looking forward to when the hubs is healed and we can pick up our weekend warrior tendencies once again. So many things to do and places to see!

Okay, getting back to the S’mores Granola Clusters. Really, the hardest part about this recipe is mixing up the toasted oat mixture, and even that is so easy! I riffed off of my favorite granola recipe to make a slightly less sweet version of toasted oats (I figured they’d get enough sweetness from the chocolate and marshmallows) and of course I left out nuts so that my nut-free friends can enjoy this recipe as well.

S'mores Granola Clusters | CaliGirl Cooking

We toss together the toasted oat mixture and pop it in the oven for a good 30 minutes, stirring once to make sure all of our oats get an even toast.

S'mores Granola Clusters | CaliGirl Cooking

Then, for the last 15 minutes, we toss in the graham cracker pieces, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Because we just can’t call anything a “s’more” without some golden, toasted marshmallows, we turn the broiler on high for just the last couple of minutes.  Trust me, don’t skip this step. Even though we end up mixing up the granola to make the clusters, you’ll definitely notice that delicious nutty flavor that only comes from marshmallows experiencing that close call with a direct source of heat.

S'mores Granola Clusters | CaliGirl Cooking

That’s it! I couldn’t resist eating some of the clusters while they were still warm (s’mores flavor to the max!) but they maintain their perfectly toasted, sweet, salty flavor even after the clusters have cooled. Trust me, you can enjoy these S’mores Granola Clusters up to 3-4 days later if you keep them in a resealable plastic bag or Tupperware container. But you know what, I don’t think they’ll last that long 😉

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S’mores Granola Clusters

10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: Makes 6 cups

Your favorite fireside treat turned into an everyday snack. Crunchy oats covered with toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate and graham cracker pieces.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 310 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients (oats through sea salt.) Spread oat mixture on a large jelly roll pan and place in oven. Set the timer for 20 minutes.
  3. At the 20 minute mark, open the oven and gently stir the oats. This will help ensure they get evenly toasted. Set the timer for 10 more minutes.
  4. Once the timer goes off, remove the pan from the oven (keeping the oven at 310 degrees) and sprinkle the chocolate chips, graham cracker pieces and mini marshmallows evenly over the oats. Return the pan to the oven and set the timer for 2 ½ minutes.
  5. After 2 ½ minutes, turn the oven’s broiler on high and set another 2 ½ minutes on the timer. Once timer goes off this final time, remove pan from the oven. Immediately stir up the granola so that clusters form.
  6. Once cool, if there are any extra-large clusters, feel free to break them up into smaller pieces. Store for 3-4 days in a resealable plastic bag or Tupperware.
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If you need me at all today, I’ll be right here in front of this bowl…

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