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A Classic Reinvented: Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars



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I like to consider myself pretty decently disciplined when it comes to what I eat. EXCEPT when it comes to peanut butter and jelly. “I put that sh*t on everything” … gluten free bread, rice cakes, Glutino crackers, in oatmeal. In all honestly, I’ve never met a PB&J I didn’t like. These bars are quite addicting, so beware. You may find yourself shoveling a few in your mouth after a long day at work. The best part of this recipe may be up for debate. Some say it’s peanut butter (duh), but others, like myself, say the grape jelly! Grape will always be my all-time favorite. It’s the ultimate classic kid kind.

ALSO – while these babies are delicious straight out of the oven, they’re even better chilled – so keep them in the fridge… TRUST me. Plus the chilling will keep them from crumbling because you do need to consume every last crumb of the nutty crust!

These bars are sure to please this holiday season… especially with the kiddos! You’re guaranteed to become the “cool” aunt/uncle with these delicious little nuggets!

I’d like to thank Dana of the Minimalist Baker for this recipe inspiration.



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INGREDS
Crust
+ 1 cup rolled oats
+ 1 cup pecans
+ 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
+ 2 tablespoons cane sugar
+ 4.5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Filling
+ 3/4 cup concord grape jelly ( I used Trader Joe’s Organic Concord Grape Jelly but if you really wanna feel like a kid and pretend sugar and calories don’t matter, feel free to go with the classic Welches Squeezable Grape ­čśë )
+ 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
+ 2 tablespoons natural salted peanut butter

DIRECTIONS
+ Preheat oven to 350.
+ Add oats, pecans, salt and sugar to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until fine meal consistency.
+ Transfer to a mixing bowl and add melted coconut oil. Stir and use your hands to incorporate until it looks like wet sand. Spread into 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Use your fingers to press down until crust is in an even layer.
+ Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Increase oven temp to 375 and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
+ While that’s baking, add jelly and frozen mixed berries to saucepan and heat over medium-low for 20 minutes or until hot and pourable. Set aside.
+ Remove crust from oven and add jelly/fruit mixture. Spread until even and dollop peanut butter all over in 1 teaspoon amounts.
+ Use a skewer or something similar to swirl the filling together.
+ Decrease oven temp to 350 and bake for 15 minutes, ensuring the top is bubbly and looking delicious.
+ Cut into squares and store in the fridge.


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I see you eyeing those, Sawyer!

A ’90s Breakfast Hybrid: Brown-Sugar Cinnamon Toaster Pop Strudel Tarts



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My long time friend Molly is coming to town in two weeks! She’s a flight attendant for Delta Airlines and lucky for me, has a long layover here in Denver. We grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan but she’s lived in NYC, Texas, and has traveled the world! She’s a girl about town to say the least. Molly, my sis Kelsey and I were childhood besties growing up. Molly and Kelsey are the same age, I am a couple years younger. Despite them being WAY cooler than me as kiddos, they never failed to include me (the “little sister”) in all of their ’90s adventures.

To prepare for Molls’ visit, I know I want to make something nostalgic. Something that would bring us both back to those good old days. The days of sleepovers, Beanie Babies, eating Gushers after school, playing Sega Genesis, and Olly Olly Oxen Free. PS: Does anybody feel me with Olly Olly Oxen Free or am I hearing a bunch of crickets?

Speaking of sleepovers, if you got to sleep at Molly’s consider yourself #winning. I don’t want to brag, but Kelsey and I always had sleepovers with Molly. Our little tripod was on point. In this day and age it’d be considered #squadgoals. Molly’s house never failed to have the breakfast treats that every ’90s kid loved: Pop Tarts AND Toaster Strudels. To decide on one vs. another was the ultimate challenge. The struggle is/was all too real. With that said, I decided to test out a breakfast “hybrid” using original Pillsbury┬« Crescents. Let me introduce to you…

HOMEMADE BROWN-SUGAR CINNAMON TOASTER POP STRUDEL TARTS

Jeez, that was a mouthful. But you get the gist. A Pop Tart and Toaster Strudel rolled up into one delicious, breakfast pastry.

I made a first batch of these the other night to make sure they turned out just as I’d imagine. And they did. This goes without saying that I WILL be making these the day before her arrival. I decided on a “brown-sugar cinnamon” flavor because as kids, it was everything. Always the favorite flavor. Thank you Pillsbury┬« for helping us relive our tradition in a new and delicious way! (And thank you Walmart for the great deals on Pillsbury┬« Crescents. Stocking up for the holidays!) Do you have old traditions with old friends you’re looking to relive? What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

(Makes 8 breakfast pastries)
INGREDS
+ 1 egg
+ 2 teaspoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk
+ 1/2 cup light brown sugar
+ 2 teaspoons cinnamon
+ 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
+ 2 cans Pillsbury® Crescents

DIRECTIONS
+ Preheat oven to 350.
+ Prepare egg wash by whisking egg and almond milk. Set aside.
+ Prepare filling by whisking together brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
+ Open 1 can of Pillsbury® Crescents and unroll/roll out completely on a floured surface.
+ It’s already perforated, so just carefully pull apart until it’s in two equal halves.
+ Using culinary scissors or a knife, cut equally until you have 8 rectangles dough pieces.
+ Place all 8 rectangle dough pieces on a parchment lined baking sheet.
+ Brush each with egg wash. This will help the the pieces stick together.
+ Place two tablespoons of the filling onto the center of each rectangle, carefully spreading to cover the entire surface.
+ Top with their corresponding rectangles, egg wash side down.
+ Using a fork, crimp the edges to seal.
+ Brush the tops with the egg wash and bake for 16-20 minutes or until flaky and golden brown. Halfway through baking, rotate baking sheet.
+ Let cool on pan for 10 minutes then transfer to another surface.
+ Repeat with the other can of Pillsbury® Crescents.

I topped mine with a special brown sugar cinnamon glaze. SUPER easy recipe! Can be used on pastries, cookies, sweetbreads. Who wants the recipe?


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury. The opinions and text are all mine.

Healthy Snacks to Stash at Your Desk (seriously obsessed)

It seems sacrilegious to be posting this considering pumpkin spice is not involved but I’ll get over it as I eat my Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treat.

Who’s into snacks? Anyone? Anyone? For those of you that know me you know that I eat like a bird. I graze here and there and rarely am a clean plater – so sue me? I love snacks. Healthy snacks. Snacks that I don’t have to feel guilty about afterward. I bring a plethora of snacks with me to work because the last thing I want to do is devour a can of Pringles out of utter starvation. If you’re looking for a healthy snack alternative (other than raw veggies and an apple), here are some great options that you will become addicted to.

THE JOY NUT CO. CINNAMON ALMONDS
My go-to snack is nuts nuts and more nuts! Did I mention I love nuts? Except walnuts (I’m allergic). I make my own trail mix consisting of raw almonds, raw sunflower seeds, pecans, unsweetened dried cranberries and dried coconut. Sometimes that gets booooorrrrring so I gotta step up my nut game. What better way to do that than to pick up a package melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon almonds from The Joy Nut Co.?!


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Seriously you guys. When I say melt-in-your-mouth, I actually mean it. These almonds are everything. I was at the South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market in Denver and noticed these guys right away because I am a true regular and had never seem them before. TJN Co. is based in Arvada, CO (love to support my local bizzies, and as you can see, so does Sawyer the Labrador).

If you love cinnamon almonds, these are the best you’ll ever taste. That’s why they’re our top seller.

(Totes true. These are the best, and I’m a tough crowd.)

For those of you who aren’t Denver locals, you can buy these babies online. They offer a flat shipping rate of $5.95 for up to 6 bags… score! They have five other flavors including cocoa mint (really good to have after eating a smelly meal), cocoa roast, honey roast, roasted/salted, and raw. Get ’em while they’re hot!

KETTLEHEAD POPCORN KETTLE CORN
Another one of my semi-recent obsessions is Kettlehead Popcorn. When I say obsessed, this may be an understatement. People probably think I’m a little (or a lot) weird with how often I talk about this particular popcorn. My friends are talking about getting engaged, married, and having babies… and here I am talking about kettle corn.


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Kettlehead has become my #1 most frequent farmer’s market purchase. Not only do I buy it for myself, but I’ve been buying it for friends and family alike because I genuinely want them to experience the magic that goes on in your mouth when you consume this delectable treat. F that movie theater popcorn, this is totally worth sneaking in. It’s organic, made with local Colorado ingredients, and gluten free. If you get some at any of their farmer’s markets, you’ll get a bag that’s cooked hot and fresh. My personal favorite is the KETTLE CORN. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and salty and they use mushroom kernals which is what creates such large, round popcorn pieces. Their other popcorn flavors include Buffalo Blue Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar, Spicy Southwest, Toasted Cinnamon, Wasabi Pop, Honey BBQ, Denver Cheddar, and Colorado Pop. The owner’s name is Dylan, he’s such a delight. I think it’s safe to say that Dylan has improved the quality of life of so many people because of his popcorn.


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^ My face when someone asks me for some of my kettlecorn.

Kettlehead ships nationwide! Buy a bag (or 6) here. Follow these guys on Insta for mouth-watering snaps!

Whether you’re at work, school, camping, hiking, or brewery-ing with friends, these snacks are a must. And if you’re down and out, these are much cheaper than therapy. And much healthier than Ben & Jerry’s.

Happy Hump Day babies!

X Lindsey