PB & J Bliss Bars

Posted on: Sunday, April 14, 2013

On a stroll through the Flatiron District while catching up with our friend, Taryn, she suggested making a pit stop at Birch Coffee to checkout a cute barrista and the rich roasted coffee. While chatting at the counter, our eyes caught sight of a delectable treat, a peanut butter and jelly brown rice crispy bar and we knew we had to sample one. We pulled and nibbled at the delectable square while walking over to Chelsea Market and were already thinking of ways to recreate the bar on our own. 
The combination of peanut butter and jelly, a common go-to for youngsters, is strangely an acquired, recent like for us. While in grade school, Kara would stick to the Fluffernutters which paired peanut butter and sticky sweet marshmallow fluff while Marni preferred straight up, traditional peanut butter. We always thought the jelly overpowered the peanut butter but now see how it makes sense as a complement. You really can’t beat a blend of salty, buttery nuts with sweet, syrupy preserved fruit. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Crispy Brown Rice Bars

1/2 stick unsalted butter
10 oz marshmallows
1 c peanut butter
1 t vanilla extract
6 c brown puffed rice cereal
1/2 c raspberry preserves (We love Bonne Maman’s)
1 t Didi Davis’ Vanilla Salt (or your favorite finishing/sea salt)

In a deep saucepan over medium heat, add the butter. Once melted stir in the marshmallows and stir with a wooden spoon until melted. Add the peanut butter and vanilla, remove from heat, and stir to combine. Stir in the puffed brown rice cereal and make sure all pieces are evenly coated.

Spoon half of the mixture into a greased 9×9-inch pan and press down with parchment to create an even, flat base. Pour the jam on top and spread an even layer across. Spoon the other half of the peanut butter and crispy rice mixture on top of the jam and push down with the parchment until evenly flat. Place in the refrigerator to cool completely, about 35 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve. Makes 18-20 bars, depending on how large you would like them.

This is our new-found favorite way to enjoy a PB & J!


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