Keto Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

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Keto peanut butter jelly bars make the ultimate keto-friendly snack. The salty rich flavor of peanut butter combines beautifully with the homemade strawberry jelly for one fantastic keto treat.

Without a doubt, these low carb PB&J bars will be a hit with the entire family.

These bars are a delicious gluten-free option of the classic PB&J sandwich. Except this is a deliciously yummy cookie bar recipe that is void of the carbs of bread.

 

 

I grew up eating PB&J sandwiches, as most of us did and if I wasn’t doing keto I would totally enjoy a toasted peanut butter jelly sandwich. Just being real here.

But for me, it’s not an option because gluten-intolerance is a major issue for me. This is why I am always looking for ways to bring back classic flavor profiles together in a keto-friendly way without the worry of gluten.

As a major fan of peanut butter, I have a large keto peanut butter recipe collection and if you share the same love I highly recommend you check it out. 

Keto Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

Keto Peanut Butter Jelly Bars on a clear cake stand
Keto Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

Its peanut butter jelly time made keto! The classic combo oozes of childhood memories and comfort for most of us. And it’s a combo that as adults we still crave. Or at least I still crave.

Thankfully, a treat like these keto PB&J bars allows us to enjoy all the flavors without the worry of being kicked out of ketosis

Who says grown-ups can’t enjoy PB&J bars? 

As a fan of cookie bar recipes, I’ve been saving this recipe to share near the time that school opens back up because it would make the perfect healthy after school treat for the kiddos. 

How To Make Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

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low carb peanut butter jelly bars in a white pan

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Decadent, peanut butter bars with a sandwich layer of homemade sugar-free strawberry jam. What’s not to love?

You’ll be making the jelly layer first since you will need to allow it to fully cool before adding to the bar batter. 

You can use a store brought sugar-free jelly if you prefer to save some time. Just make sure it’s one that is considered keto-friendly. 

I can recommend the Good Good brand of Sweet Strawberry Jam since it is sweetened with stevia and contains only all-natural ingredients.

I decided to make these low carb peanut butter jelly bars with coconut flour since I get sooo many requests for keto coconut flour recipes

As a plus, the use of coconut flour makes it this dessert lower in carbs. And don’t worry it doesn’t have a coconut flavor thanks to the peanut butter and strawberry jelly.

Peanut Butter Substitution

If you cannot consume peanut butter you can still enjoy this treat by substituting with Sunbutter or almond butter

List Of Materials And Ingredients You’ll Need 

The following are the ingredients and equipment you’ll need. Note that the full printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post. Just scroll my friends it’s what allows me to share my recipes for free.

keto-friendly peanut butter jelly bars in a white baking pan
Keto-friendly peanut butter jelly bars in a white baking pan sliced and ready to serve.

Sugar-Substitute Options

Lakanto Monk Fruit is my favorite since the texture and flavor are what I have found to be the closest to real sugar and because the flavor fools your taste buds like nothing else I’ve found in the market. 

Having said that, I’m also a fan of the brand Swerve which is an erythritol blend. Similar to Lakanto it uses sugar alcohols and has a 0 % impact on blood sugar.

You could also use the stevia and erythritol-based brand Pyure if you prefer to use a stevia-based sweetener. Personally, I don’t like using stevia because I am sensitive to the aftertaste.

But if that’s not the case for you, you could certainly use it in this keto bar recipe. However, if you do, be sure to reduce the amount called for in the recipe by half since its a much sweeter option.

Lastly, if you can’t easily find a more natural sugar substitute you can also use Splenda with good success. I know not everyone would agree with me here and I respect that but in my book, it’s still better than regular sugar. 

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In case you don’t know, Randy and I came to the keto diet looking at it from a Christian perspective. As believers, we live our entire lives supported by God’s grace.

So when the Holy Spirit led us to combine our Christian faith and the keto diet, we did so in hopes of finding lasting transformation.

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Knowing firsthand the benefits of this decision we have created a closed Christian group that is using the keto diet to transform their lives.  I love how supportive and encouraging this group of believers is. It’s exciting to see how people are transforming their lives by combining this lifestyle with the Christian faith. 

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Keto Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Keto Peanut Butter Jelly Bars are the ultimate keto snack. The salty rich flavor of peanut butter combines beautifully with the homemade strawberry jelly! It's a gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free PB&J tasty treat.

Ingredients

Keto Peanut Butter Jelly Bars

Strawberry Jelly

Instructions

    1. Make the jelly first: In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the strawberries, sugar substitute, lemon juice, and water and allow to simmer then reduce the heat to low and cook for about 20-25 minutes.
    2. In a small shallow bowl combine the gelatin powder to 2 tablespoons of water and allow it to bloom. The gelatin will expand in about 3-5 minutes.
    3. Next, add the bloomed gelatin to the saucepan and stir until the gelatin melts into the jelly. 
    4. Allow the jelly to cool completely and store in the refrigerator in a clean covered jar for about two weeks if not making the recipe the same day.
    5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 pan.
    6. In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer cream the softened cream cheese, butter, and sugar substitute until well combined about 2 minutes.
    7. Next, with the electric mixer set to low add the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract and mix until all the ingredients are combined.
    8. To the batter now add the peanut butter and combine until well incorporated.
    9. In a small mixing bowl combine the coconut flour, baking powder, salt.
    10. With the mixer set to low add the flour mixture to the peanut butter batter. Mix until just combined.
    11. Spread half the batter into the 9x9 greased pan with an offset spatula or knife.
    12. Next, spread half the cooled jelly over the peanut butter batter.
    13. Then add the reminder peanut butter batter in large spoonfuls to the pan spreading carefully. But do not worry if all the jelly is not covered as it will spread in the oven.
    14. Lastly, top the bars with the remainder of the jelly being careful to spread as evenly possible.
    15. Bake the PB&J bars for 40-45 minutes in the preheated 350-degree oven until golden brown.
    16. Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing into squares
    17. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.

Notes

If you cannot consume peanut butter you can still enjoy this treat by substituting with Sunbutter or almond butter

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 14.6gSaturated Fat: 6.9gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 6.4gNet Carbohydrates: 3.7gFiber: 2.7gSugar: 1.7g

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2 Comments

  1. Just made this and thought I’d share my thoughts… All in all, these turned out great.
    -I reduced the sweetener (3/4 C Lakanto monkfruit and ~1/4 C brown coconut sugar) and it was just sweet enough.
    -I used a store bought jam, and the recipe doesn’t note how much to use if you aren’t making it yourself. I mixed about 7-8oz of jam with ~3-4oz of softened cream cheese to make a creamy jam spread. I had enough spread for 2 full layers of jam in a 8×8 pan but when I ate the finished product wished there was more jam in the bars. Next time I will use quite a bit more jam (or finish with straight jam). I did like the creamy mixture in the middle.
    -As noted above, used a smaller pan then indicated (8×8). Cooking time was 55-60 mins.
    -Let it cool completely before cutting- I got impatient and the first piece crumbled to bits! 🙂
    -Lastly, a pro tip for cooking with almond or coconut flour that most recipes leave out: Once you have your batter or dough mixed, let it sit for 10+ mins- otherwise can be very grainy. I let this sit for at least 15 mins and it was hardly grainy at all.
    Thanks for sharing!

     

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