Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars (Gluten-Free)

Just 5 ingredients, 15 minutes prep, gluten-free, vegan, and so yummy, these Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars are an irresistible healthier dessert or snack. And with a thick peanut butter layer + a jammy layer + a peanut butter oat crumble, the classic combo never tasted so good!

Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars easy gluten-free healthy dessert recipe
Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars (Gluten-Free)

A quick + easy healthier gluten-free treat everyone will love!

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So excited for you to try these Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars!

Just 5 ingredients, 15 minutes prep time, gluten-free, vegan and so yummy, these Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars are an irresistible healthier dessert or snack.

And with a thick peanut butter layer + a jammy layer (as thick or thin as you like) + a peanut butter oat crumble, the classic combo never tasted so good!

Created as a healthier dessert or snack, our taste testers are loving them for breakfast too!

Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars easy gluten-free healthy dessert recipe

How to Make Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars

With just 5 ingredients and being no bake, these gluten-free Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars come together quickly!

You will need the following 5 ingredients:

peanut butter (we used Whole Foods brand natural creamy peanut butter; substitute your favorite nut or seed butter)

maple syrup

almond flour (you could substitute oat flour if you have an almond allergy)

gluten-free rolled oats

jam of choice (we used Bonne Maman raspberry preserves, but strawberry, blueberry or any flavor you like would be great)

Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars easy gluten-free healthy dessert recipe

Step by Step How to Make Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars

The bars come together in 3 simple steps

  1. Make the peanut butter layer.
  2. Spread on the jelly or jam layer.
  3. Top with peanut butter oat crumble.

And creating each delicious layer is quick + easy!

The Peanut Butter Layer

The peanut butter base layer is the same as our popular Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars.  Just 3 ingredients, packed with protein and so delicious, there is no reason to change something that it so good!

The 3 ingredients are:  creamy natural peanut butter, maple syrup, and almond flour (sub oat flour if nut allergy).

And it comes together in 3 simple steps, 5 minutes or less.

  1. On low heat, combine the peanut butter and maple syrup.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in almond flour.
  3. Press into a baking pan lined in parchment paper. You want to line it in parchment paper so that the bars can be easily removed and sliced.

 

And it goes without saying, that while we make these with peanut butter, you can substitute your favorite nut or seed butter based on allergies or preference.

At this point, I like to place the pan in the refrigerator to chill for 5 minutes while I prepare the peanut butter oat crumble.

The Peanut Butter Oat Crumble

The peanut butter oat crumble is also just 3 ingredients:

peanut butter (substitute any nut/ seed butter),

maple syrup,

and gluten-free oats * (We have used both rolled oats and quick cooking oats. Rolled oats give you a more crumbly top. Sometimes I use a combination, so either work!)

This too comes together in less than 5 minutes.

All you do is melt the peanut butter and maple syrup over low heat, remove from heat and stir in the oats until they are combined into a crumble.

*A note about oats: Oats are a naturally gluten-free grain but they are contaminated via cross contact with wheat, barley and rye during the growing and processing process.  So definitely look for gluten free oats, preferably certified gluten free oats.

But there’s more.… back when my son was first diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten-free oats were mostly grown via a process known as purity protocol.  In recent years, gluten-free oats have also been processed through a manufacturing process known as “sorting”.  There is much controversy about sorting versus purity protocol oats.  And some oats that were thought to be “safe” were recently tested to show gluten… For more information I’m linking to articles by Gluten-Free Watchdog from January 2023 and April 2023. 

Also, some people with celiac don’t tolerate oats so please do what ‘s best for you and your health.

Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars easy gluten-free healthy dessert recipe

Adding the Jam and Crumble Layers

Once you have the peanut butter oat topping ready to go, remove the peanut butter layer from the refrigerator, spread on your favorite jam, and top with the peanut butter crumble.

Tip: I use 1/2 cup of jam or jelly for a true peanut butter and jelly flavor in each bite. If you want less jelly and more peanut butter taste, try 1/3 cup.

Tip: Gently press down on the peanut butter crumble so that it sticks to the jam layer when it sets.

Let chill, slice and enjoy!

Just look at those layers! Each bite has a perfect taste of peanut butter and jelly!

And our taste testers love that while they are so yummy, they are also super satisfying and protein-packed!

A perfect healthier gluten-free dessert or midday snack!

Hope you love them!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars (Gluten-Free)

Just 5 ingredients, 15 minutes prep, gluten-free, vegan, and so yummy, these Peanut Butter and Jelly No Bake Bars are an irresistible healthier dessert or snack. And with a thick peanut butter layer + a jammy layer + a peanut butter oat crumble, the classic combo never tasted so good!
Prep Time15 minutes
Chilling Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snacks, Cookies and Bars
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free optional, Vegan, Dairy-Free, No Bake
Keyword: gluten free, healthy dessert, healthy gluten-free snack, gluten-free healthy dessert, no bake dessert, peanut butter jelly no bake bars, peanut butter jelly healthy dessert
Servings: 16 bars
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Equipment

  • 1 8x8 square baking pan

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Base

  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter or nut/ seed butter of choice Note: if using natural peanut butter as we do, you want the peanut butter to be creamy as opposed to the thick/hard bottom of the jar.
  • 1 cup gluten-free almond flour sub oat flour if nut allergy
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Jelly Layer

  • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves or any jelly/ jam of choice Use 1/3 cup for a thinner layer if you want less jelly and more peanut butter flavor.

Peanut Butter Oat Crumble

  • 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter or nut/ seed butter of choice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats

Instructions

  • Cover an 8 x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Make the peanut butter layer: In a small sauce pan, on low heat, mix peanut butter and maple syrup until combined and smooth -- approximately 1 minute. Remove from heat, add almond flour and stir until well combined. The mix will be thick.
  • Transfer peanut butter mixture to the prepared square pan and press into pan to spread evenly. I like to press the mix down with a spatula or spoon make sure it is even. Place in refrigerator while you prepare the Peanut Butter Crumble.
  • Make the Peanut Butter Oat Crumble: In the same saucepan (wipe clean as desired), on very low heat combine the peanut butter and maple syrup. Remove from heat and stir in the oats and mix until well combined and all the oats are coated a bit by the the peanut butter, and a crumble forms.
  • Removed pan from the refrigerator, spread jelly evenly across the top of the the peanut butter layer, then sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the entire jelly layer. Use your hands to gently press down on the crumble so that it sets while it chills. Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer.
  • Remove from refrigerator, lift bars out of pan by lifting up the parchment paper, slice into 16 squares and enjoy!
  • Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to a week. Or freeze for up to 3 months.
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