Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oat Clusters and a Blackberry Parfait!

It's national Peanut Butter & Jelly Day! A sensational holiday to celebrate if you ask me. I considered making a sandwich, maybe fried, maybe battered, maybe made of fresh toast but ultimately I wanted something less bready. I chose crunchy peanut butter and blackberry jam, my favorite combination but feel free to use creamy peanut butter and strawberry jam, or cherry and almond butter. I also highly recommend trying this Hazelnut & Apricot Pannini.

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Rolled oats tossed with peanut butter, blackberry jam, roasted peanuts, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon make the perfect clusters for snacking or layering with yogurt and fresh fruit for parfaits in the morning.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oat Clusters
serves 4-5
1/4 cup unsweetened peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
3 tbl agave nectar
2 tbl (solid)coconut oil
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup roasted & salted peanuts, roughly chopped
3 tbl blackberry jam
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 325.
Melt the peanut butter, agave and oil together until runny.
Combine the peanut butter with the oats, peanuts, jam, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix to coat thoroughly.
Spread in an even layer on a greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes so it doesn't burn.
Let cool and serve.

Blackberry Parfait
coconut, soy or almond yogurt
fresh blackberries combined with blackberry jam
pb&j oat clusters
roughly chopped roasted & salted peanuts

Layer and enjoy!

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