PB&J Finale Take 2

So this recipe almost didn’t happen.  Which would have been so sad because how can I end Peanut Butter Month without a peanut butter recipe?!




To Start…

I found the perfect 4th recipe for a Vegetarian Peanut Soup.  But after looking through our meal plans for the week, I just didn’t think we needed another meal.  Not that I won’t be making this recipe soon, it just will have to wait until next month.  I knew that I didn’t want to make another super sweet dessert.  Since Thanksgiving, we’ve had more than enough sweets in the house, and I knew we didn’t need another one.  In the spirit of healthy holiday eating, I was inspired by this recipe on Nutrionella to make a peanut butter themed energy bar (with homemade peanut butter of course).




Take One…

I threw the ingredients into the food processor, pressed start, and an eruption occurred.  The mixture was way to thick and my food processor started dancing like it was standing on coals.  Checking back in with the recipe, it appeared that I used 2x as many nuts as I was supposed to. 




I made a few attempts to make things work, but my processor started to sound like ‘the little engine that could…so sad.  Then, I discovered that I had used dates with pits.  Yikes! Note to self (and fellow bloggers)…never put dates with pits in your food processor.  Nothing good will come of it!




I pulled everything out and started looking through the mush…there were definitely pits.  What to do???  The answer seemed obvious.  Start over!


Take Two…

When you don’t have enough dates left to remake bars you already messed up once, prunes sub in just fine!  I de-pitted my dates, threw in some prunes and ran the food processor.




Once they formed into a big ball, I added the correct amount of nuts.  Much better!  Everything looked fantastic, so I added in a few more peanuts and dried cranberries to drive home that Peanut Butter and Jelly taste.


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The last step was easy as I pushed the bars into the pan and sprinkled in a few more cherries.


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And of course had a taste test…it was pure PB&J love!  They bars taste just like everyone’s favorite sandwich!




Funny end to Take One…

I de-pitted the original dough, threw it back into the food processor with some extra dried fruit, gave the processor a break by drizzling in some agave and then threw the ball of dough into the bottom of a round tuperware and put it in the fridge before starting dinner.




When the BOY came home, he devoured dinner and went in search of dessert.  He asked what the bars were and when I said Peanut Butter and Jelly bars, he dug right in!  Surprisingly, he liked them!  Why is this a surprise, because there is just healthy ingredients like dried fruits and nuts which is not is usually snacking MO.  ‘But there’s Jelly’ he said to me after his first bite.  Not quite BOY, but I won’t tell him if you don’t!




Other Peanut Butter Month Recipes…

Reece’s Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter M&M Blondies

Double Chip Peanut Butter Cookies with Pretzels



What is the best PB recipe you made/ate this month?


The End…

Why the foggy brain and messy kitchen? I blame my relaxing massage earlier in the day.  BTW, if you live in my area, I highly recommend this place.  I had one of the best massages of my life!  My ITband has never gotten such TLC and I felt so amazing that I slept for nearly 11 hours last night.  I am so refreshed and ready to head into the fun holiday season.





The Recipe…


PB&J Energy Bars

Inspired by Ella Bars on Nutrionella



8 ounces of PITTED dates

1/2 cup peanut butter (I used homemade)

1/4 cup oats

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup walnuts or cashews

1/2 + 1/4 cup dried cherries

1/2 cup peanuts



Place dates in food processor and blend until combined.  A big ball will start to form.

Add in the peanut butter, nuts, and oats.  Blend well.

Add in 1/2 cup cherries and peanuts and pulse until coarsely chopped.

Place dough into a baking pan covered with parchment paper and press evenly into the bottom of the pan using your hands.

Sprinkle with the last 1/4 cup of cherries and place in fridge for about 2 hours.


Note: You can also shape the dough into balls or cut them with a cookie cutter.  These freeze well!

25 thoughts on “PB&J Finale Take 2

  1. Congratulations on the final result! Those looks fantastic:) I did the exact same thing with the date pits- my processor started smoking! Lesson learned:)

    • I just found this comment in my spam…so wierd! I think my processor was seconds from smoking but I didn’t know if that could actually happen. I can totally picture it. Ha ha! I’ve been living on the bars all week. They are so good! On to my next project 😉

  2. You found so many great pb recipes!!! I was trying cut out nuts last month (I was going a little overboard…..) but have been eating pb the past week or two and realized I missed it so much! My favorite is thai peanut noodles, but I haven’t made that in a while

  3. I absolutely love peanut butter-I need to try these-how many does the recipe make? I really have to plug it into the recipe builder and get the points plus. Thanks for all the recipes!

    • You are welcome! Let me know bout the Points Plus piece! The reciep makes about 16-20 bars depending on how you cut them. My thought would be to check out the points and then cut them into the size bars that you want based on that. They are easy to eat WAY too many of : )

    • Me too! I would have cried…seriously, like real tears. But lesson learned and I can’t wait to try more fun flavors. I love that coffee LARABAR and I bet it would make an awesome healthy snack. Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Delicious looking recipe! I think I’ll have to bookmark this for when we’re into training again.
    I don’t think I made any peanut recipes this month 😦 But, i have stuck with my trusty PB&J every morning for breakfast!

  5. I love how having a boy around is a great means to cleaning out a fridge / left overs! These bars look awesome! A food processor is on my christmas wish list!

  6. FYI they are 4 points plus each-not bad for all that power driving nutrition but not to be taken lightly unless using for a long workout (pre-, post- or during). Could also work for marathon shopping where you really don’t want to stop and eat but could add a nonfat latte and keep going!

  7. I made the bars but I only have a mini processor. I even halved the recipe – the end result was amazing -my daughter had 2 yesterday and took some back to school for the all nighters before finals next week.

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