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PB & J Treats

(Family Features) - According to a recent survey conducted for Quaker Oats,* more of us are inclined to bake from scratch and enjoy doing so with our kids, which dispels the common belief "no one has time to bake anymore."

In fact, 63 percent of survey respondents said they are most likely to bake from scratch, followed by a large gap who "bake using a packaged mix" (19 percent) or "bake by doctoring a packaged mix" (17percent). The majority of respondents (73 percent) also said they bake more with their kids now than five years ago.

With the fall season beckoning us back to the kitchen, why not join the trend and grab the kids for a baking project they're sure to enjoy - PB & J Treats. This bar, perfect for snack or dessert, is based on that well-loved flavor combination from everyone's childhood and made with the goodness of whole grain oats. The easy preparation and delicious results will prove a confidence booster for even the most novice bakers. 

In addition, survey respondents said they chose oats for baking because oats taste good and are a good source of fiber. As food prices continue to soar, keep oats in mind (at only about 38 cents per 1/2 cup dry!) for their economy, versatility and great taste throughout the year.

Visit quakeroatmeal.com for hundreds of sweet, savory, wholesome oats recipes. 

*Usage Trends Beyond the Cereal Bowl survey conducted on behalf of Quaker Oats by Impulse Research Corporation, March 2008.  The survey polled 1,000+ Americans.  Margin or error is plus or minus 3 percent with a 95 percent confidence level. A copy of the full survey and results is available upon request.

PB & J Treats

Ingredients
  • 2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup seedless strawberry jam, Concord grape jam or apricot preserves

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 9-inch pan with aluminum foil so foil extends beyond edges of pan. Spray foil with vegetable oil spray.
    2. In mixing bowl combine oats, flour, brown sugar, soda, and melted butter; mix well. Reserve 1 cup of mixture for topping; set aside. Add peanut butter to remaining mixture; blend well. Press peanut butter mixture evenly into bottom of pan.
    3. Spread jam evenly over base. Combine peanuts with reserved topping mixture in small bowl. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over jam. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Transfer to wire rack; cool completely. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours until set. Cut into bars.

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Bake Time
35 minutes

Serves
25 Bars

SOURCE: Quaker Oats


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