We love treats in our house, though I try to limit them. We don’t regularly have desserts or sweet treats for snacks. Healthy eating is good for any child, not just ones with diabetes. For years I have made these Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars and everyone loves them.
In honor of The Recipe Redux’s 6th birthday, the theme for this month’s recipe is a bite size sweet treat. These Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars can be made in mini muffin tins or cut into small bites.
I tried today making them with less sugar and using Smuckers Low Sugar Jelly. They were still great, just less sweet. There is lots of research on the benefits of limiting sugar. The Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories. 10% of 2000 calories is 200 calories or 12 grams of sugar. That’s not much!
Eating sugar in processed foods add up quickly. It is alright for a child with diabetes to occasionally have foods with sugar, as long as an insulin dose is given as directed by the doctor for the carbohydrates in the food. But it is a good idea for everyone to cut down on sugar overall.
I don’t buy artificially sweetened items or “Sugar Free” items with sugar alcohols. Read here about why. I compare items and look for less sugar. When I buy jelly, I don’t buy the type with artificial sweeteners, but I choose the low sugar variety. It has less sugar and you can actually taste the fruit better. We all love the Smuckers Strawberry Low Sugar Jelly.
When I made this batch of Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars, they were quickly gone with no complaints about the decrease in the sugar. I halved the amount of sugar in the recipe and used low sugar jelly. No one even commented on it until I said something, then they said, yes it isn’t as sweet.
These are fun to make with your kids. Little ones can help add ingredients, pat the dough down and sprinkle on the topping. I’ve made them in my pre-cutting brownie pan, a regular 9×13 pan so I could cut them smaller, and a mini muffin pan.
Let me know what you think about them in the comments below!
- 2 /14 cups all purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter (can substitute oil)
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 1 egg
- 1 cup low sugar yam
- ½ cup oats
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
- In large bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, milk and vanilla.
- Blend flour into wet ingredients.
- Press ⅔ of dough into greased 9x 13 pan.
- Spread jelly evenly over dough.
- Mix oats into remaining dough.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto top of jelly.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown and edges pull away from sides.
- Cut into bars.