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Have yourself a sweet and salty snow day: Peanut butter jelly bars

Fresh out of the oven!
Fresh out of the oven!Rachael Weiss

So some snow is sweeping the nation...who cares if it means you get to shack up with your oven and whip up something delicious?

When thinking about what to bake to sweeten up your snow day, why not try the dessert form of the ever-comforting PB and J? Better yet, with all natural ingredients from mashed berries to yogurt, you'll be even happier knowing you're not cheating on your health kick New Year's resolution that you're still keeping up with (right...?).

This recipe employs the use of the radical new product, PB2; a powdered peanut butter product that "...has the same consistency as full fat peanut butter with all of the natural roasted peanut flavor, but with nearly 85% less fat calories. PB2 is made with high quality peanuts that are slow-roasted to our specifications and pressed to remove the oil. All natural with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives," says Bell Plantation on their website.

These bars also have an added bonus of being gluten-free which has many arguable benefits for people whose diets don't even necessarily require avoiding gluten. Almond flour and oats round out the recipe's dry ingredients.

Instead of using butter for creaminess, all-natural plain greek yogurt adds a tangy undertone that balances the peanut flavor excellently (and cuts fat content extremely).

Another easy swap is liquid egg whites. Egg yolks contain many calories and cholesterol and the easy pour feature of the carton egg whites saves you from wasting yolks or time cracking shells.

Go whip up this quick, easy, healthy and delicious recipe now and grab a square of childhood nostalgia!

Peanut Butter Oat dough

6 tbsp PB2

3 tbsp water

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp liquid egg white

2 tbsp unsweetened original almond milk

3/4 cup oats

3/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt

Macerated Berry Jelly Topping

1 cup mixed berry mix (frozen or fresh)

1/8 cup maple syrup (or sugar or honey)

1/4 cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray the pan.

Combine ingredients in dough mixture in a medium bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes to let the oats soften.

Put jelly ingredients into a small stovetop pan. Let the berries soften and heat a bit and let some bubbling of the liquid start. Then, use a fork or potato masher to mash the berries into a paste. Continue to heat and stir the mixture as the berries break down. Bring to a boil. Let the mixture boil for one minute then reduce the heat to a low simmer. As the mixture seems to be thickening, turn off the heat and let it sit. If your mixture is not thickening, you need more sugar product to create a more jelly-like texture.

Spoon the dough mixture into the prepared pan and smooth it out to about 1/2 inch thick square shape. Then, pour the slightly-cooled jelly on top of the dough. Use a spoon or spatula to make an even spread of the layer.

Bake until lightly browned on the edges (About 15 minutes depending on the oven) and then let cool before slicing into squares.

Enjoy!