Peanut butter and jelly bars – this dynamic duo is not just for sandwiches anymore!
peanut butter and jelly bars

Remember when we didn’t worry about eating our veggies and our only concern was how much peanut butter mom put on our sandwich, whether she cut it into triangles or squares, and just where oh where was that glass of milk she had promised?

The.Days <– those were.

Now we all sit in the lunchroom comparing notes on how much kale we ate the night before and saying things like, “Are those walnuts instead of almonds on your salad?! You crazy.”

I mean, I think we all know I love a good kale salad, but they don’t call it throwback thursday for nothing.

And nostalgia doesn’t get any better than raspberry jam sandwiched between two peanut buttery shortbread layers. It’s not quite Wonder Bread. But it’ll do.

Head on over to Girl Versus Dough for the recipe and make sure to congratulate Stephanie on just how totes adorbs her brand new bundle of joy is. I’m guest posting over there today to give Steph a little bit of a blog breather while she adapts to new motherhood. And peanut butter and jelly bars are where it’s at.

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42 Responses to Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

  1. Those WERE the days, I agree! These bars look terrific! PB&J will always have a special place in my heart, haha.

  2. Tahnycooks says:

    You can’t beat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a cold glass of milk at times! These would top that a million times over! Heading on over to get the recipe!

  3. Yum – Joanne – love this version with peanuts on top!!

  4. This totally brings me back to my childhood days! Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Trisha says:

    Mom always make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches best don’t they? Mine are never quite as good. Heading over to check out the recipe! 🙂

  6. Those look awesome! Love the guest post! 🙂

  7. I am a peanut butter fan so heading over to take a look!

  8. “Are those walnuts instead of almonds on your salad?! You crazy.” <– DYING. I can just see my little girl saying that in about five years to her friends at the lunch table (not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed of that possibility ;)). Thanks SO much for helping a sister out today, friend! xo

  9. Peanut Butter Jelly TIME! Ooooooh yeah this is an awesome bar! Loving all the nits and crumbs on top!!

  10. Monica says:

    Oh yes, this is nostalgic and just plain ole good food! I can’t live without peanut butter these days…I like it more than I did as a kid. Your bars look terrific and I’d totally serve it for breakfast!

  11. Julia says:

    Can I slather these PB&J bars with extra P? MMKay, thanks! 🙂

  12. Olivia says:

    PB and jelly is one of my favoriteee combos!! These looks so Delicious, Joanne 😉

  13. Susan says:

    This makes me want to take a peanut butter sandwich to work tomorrow instead of the usually vegetable fare. I mean kale is good for me and all but it sure does get boring. 🙂

  14. cheri says:

    This looks really good, love that you sprinkled whole peanuts on the topping.

  15. Woah, I didn’t realize I was eating an unreleased recipe yesterday! Glad you’re posting it now, because those bars are killer. Definitely demanded a big glass of milk (Cow’s milk even, not nut milk. I went all out when eating these).

  16. These PB&J bars looks crazy amazing! I could eat 7 in 1 sitting!!!

  17. Oh yeah….I remember those days. If I get too hungry before dinner I grab a spoonful of yummy peanut butter. Can’t beat it for a treat and getting some protein in your body.

  18. I didn’t grow up with pb and j sandwiches but I sure do appreciate these bars.

  19. Eileen says:

    Hey, you could practically just have a few of these for lunch by themselves! It’s totally a sandwich in cookie form. Definitely full of protein, right? 🙂

    Re almonds vs walnuts: the whole minutely comparing healthiness/etc of food thing is just…well, in my experience, it made me feel super body-shamed & seemed symptomatic of seriously unhealthy body image issues. I had never, ever experienced such a thing until we moved to NYC and everyone at my office was suddenly & constantly way too judgmental about each others’ lunches all the time. So uncomfortable. I’m not eating my salad because it’s healthy and I’m so good and wow I wish I could just drop those ten pounds! I’m eating it because it’s DELICIOUS. /rant over.

    Not blaming you at all for my old office or personal baggage, obviously. I hope this is not offensive, and I’m sorry if it is! But I’m going to say it anyway because it’s too important not to talk about.

  20. Peanut butter and jelly..a classic combo, Joanne. These bars look fantastic.

  21. Monet says:

    Peanut butter and jelly will always be pure comfort to me. These bars look so good Joanne! Thank you for sharing them!

  22. Leah Davis says:

    Girl….these look awesome! I think I had PB and Js for lunch almost every day when I was in elementary school. They have a special place in my heart!

  23. Mary says:

    Joanne these look too delicious for words!!

  24. Beth says:

    Ooh … I love this recipe. You’ve reminded me I definitely have to make these again!

  25. Ahh I totally forgot about raspberry jam and now I want to buy a jar just to make PB&J!

  26. Kathy says:

    These bars look fabulous, Joanne! I just poured a cup of tea and boy would one of these go well with it! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Ok I want these so badly now..beautiful!

  28. I love these bars. My family eats peanut butter like there is no tomorrow. I think we go through at least 2-3 jars each week. This would be a great way to use some of it, as we normally have it with sandwiches and mixed in with yogurt 🙂

  29. Ok, I totally want 10 of these amazing bars for a midnight snack tonight. Amazing photos! I can clearly see that these bars are the definition of awesome-ness. Pinned!

  30. Yum! These looks so good! I’m am a big sucker for an old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but these bars looks so much better! I think I could take these for lunch everyday and be happy 🙂

  31. Sometimes I wish I could go back to the good old days. Love your bars.

  32. Johanna GGG says:

    Hey I worried about vegies – well about how little vegies I could get away with eating – ha ha – those pb and j slices look great – just what you need to balance a kale salad

  33. I still love a good PBJ sandwich. These bars look delicious! I’m a big fan of crunchy peanut butter, so I love those chopped nuts on top. Yum!

  34. Ah, childhood food. So simple and so perfect! I love this twist on it 🙂

  35. Lynn says:

    I am a little weary of kale. 🙂 These bars look delicious.

  36. sandra says:

    I am making these this weekend for sure.

  37. I just recently discovered the amazingness that is pb&J and obviously these would be so much better because cookie bars!

  38. […] Let’s add chocolate to these pb and j bars and call it a day. […]

  39. Reeni says:

    Peanut butter and jelly never goes out of style! I loved when my sandwich got squished and the peanut butter and jelly infused right into the bread. I would have no willpower around these! They look amazing.

  40. Danguole says:

    I didn’t grow up with pb&j but let me tell you… I am making up for lost time. These must go on the list!

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