Vegan peanut butter and jelly bars are rich, gooey, and full of your favorite childhood flavor combination! Totally gluten free and naturally sweetened.
Serious question: nut butter + jelly, or nut butter + chocolate?
I’ve baked with both combinations, and they’re both pretty amazing. From fudgy peanut butter chocolate chip buckeye bars to rich peanut butter and jelly cheesecakes, it’s a pretty tough choice. Notice I specified nut butter in the choices, because while peanut butter is incredible, I’m an almond butter girl.
Peanut butter and chocolate is such a rich, indulgent combination, it’s irresistible and feels so decadent. But there’s something about peanut butter and jelly that’s SO classic and nostalgic, I feel like it has to be a tie! Wherever you fall on this important food debate, today we’re talking vegan peanut butter and jelly bars, and I have to say, they give even the best chocolate + PB desserts a run for their money.
We’re taking the best parts of your classic PB&J sandwich, ditching the worst part (bread), and morphing them into gooey, rich bars. I’ll def take adulthood over childhood if it means I get these bars over a boring sandwich.
The vegan peanut butter and jelly bars start with my favorite bar base. You’ll blend chickpeas with almond milk until smooth for the gooey, rich texture, add date paste for sweetness, peanut butter of course, and some oat flour to give just enough structure.
Pour the batter into a square pan, then plop some of your choice of jelly on top. I always use totally fruit sweetened, natural jam or jelly, and I used raspberry in this batch. SO good. For how much I love grapes themselves, I was never big on grape jelly, so I always gravitate toward something like raspberry or strawberry. But the jelly flava is totally up to you!
Use a toothpick or knife to gently swirl the jelly into the batter, and you’re ready for the oven.
These took foreverrrrr in my oven. Forever = 1 hour and 15 minutes. I actually felt like I could’ve pulled them at an hour, so that the edges wouldn’t have gotten quite so golden. All ovens after different, so just watch them closely. The center shouldn’t be liquid, but it might still be slightly soft when you first take them out, and they’ll firm up a lot after coming out of the oven.
Just make sure you let them cool COMPLETELY before attempting to cut, or you’ll have a gooey (still delicious) mess!
These vegan peanut butter and jelly bars are SO rich and peanut buttery, which is perfect with the swirl of sweet jam. Like I said, these are WAY superior to your favorite childhood sandwich, made with totally vegan, healthy ingredients! I can’t wait to try these with some other jelly flavors, and probs almond butter because I can’t resist.
Have a happy, healthy day, friends!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!