Almond Butter Jelly Squares {gf+vegan}

Almond butter!  A high protein and heart healthy nut butter that has swept up the foodie world off its feet.  Boasts an ooeygooey and drippy goodness once you stir it up.  Perfect on top of oatmeal and inside pancake batter.  And you know what?  It’s so versatile that you can even include it in snack bars, or in this case snack squares, and not even bake it because it’s just as good when it’s raw.  And vegan.  And gluten free.  Yay!!!

What more can you ask for, right?  Well, besides coffee, that is.

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Some days I crave a big fat box filled with my favorite pastries, which of course, include a pound of gluten, 3 lbs of butter, and 10 lbs of sugar. (Ahem, I’m looking at you Torrance Bakery and 85 Degrees)  Well, that’s fine and all…but when you’re about pastry-coma’d out and all you want is something to satiate your sweet tooth the most natural and detoxing way possible (if it is even possible), you tend to come up with recipes like this one.

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Sure, the blueberry jelly may add some refined sugar to the mix, but when you take all the ooeygooey almond nutritional profile into consideration, suddenly a bit of store bought jelly doesn’t matter so much anymore.

If you decide to give these a try, please let me know how you liked them!  I’m confident that your children or significant other will love them because they have been husband approved. Smile

Almond Butter Jelly Squares {gf+vegan}

Makes 18 squares

Ingredients for Squares

  • 2 C almond flour (lightly packed)
  • 1/2 C rolled gf oats
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 C almond butter (unsweetened+unsalted)
  • 5 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 C almond milk (or other)
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • oil spray

Ingredients for Fruit Top

  • 1 TBSP melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 C blueberry jelly (or other flavor you prefer)

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir the almond flour, oats, and salt.  Add the rest of the ingredients for the base into the dry ingredients and mix vigorously with a rubber or wooden spatula.
  2. Lightly grease a loaf baking pan or line it with parchment paper instead.  Pack the dough evenly into all the corners and surface of the pan.  Flatten it out with your hands and set aside.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds and stir it.  Add the jelly and quickly whisk it so it incorporates evenly.
  4. Spread the jelly mix on top of the dough and refrigerate for about 1 hour.  The jelly won’t harden up completely, it will just be slightly more solid.
  5. Cut into squares and serve with your favorite drink!

April 10-2013 (2 of 12)

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These squares are perfect for a pre or post workout snack because they’re filled with protein.

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But they’re fun enough for your little one to eat as a snack, or for you to bring to a party.

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No one will really know that they’re this easy to make because they look oh-so-fancy!  Or is that just me? Winking smile

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Eats

If I didn’t clarify my slight obsession with almond butter these days, let me show you the proof right now.

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Heh! I’ve been topping the stuff on everything, and my favorite way of including it in my breakfast meals currently is inside Kodiak Cake batter.  I’ve been too busy in the morning to make my millet flour pancakes, so Kodiak Cakes are a good compromise for now.

So yummy!  After seeing Julie from PB Fingers do this with her pancakes I got brainwashed was convinced that it would be worth a try.  It’s super moist, hearty, and the pancakes turn out a bit more dense than your typical Bisquick kind.

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I’m still loving stir fry veggies for lunch, and these days the amount I’m consuming is only getting bigger and bigger.  Phew, good thing though!  Considering that I want to counteract all the pastries I’ve been eating the past few weeks, haha.  You don’t want to see me scarf down those things.  By the way, see? It all balances out in the end.

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My parents came over the other day and were kind enough as to bring us a whole Korean feast!  They brought over some spicy squid soup (sounds crazy but I promise it’s delish!), Bulgogi, veggie side dishes, and grilled fish.  I forgot to snap a photo of the meal, but I’ll make up for it with a  picture of my Bulgogi marinated in kiwi recipe.

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Aaaaaand like I said….my sweet tooth has been quite loud these days, so I’ve been munching on my fair share of chocolate at night.  When that craving hits full force I just pour myself some PB corn cereal, or I just start improvising concoctions like these PB filled pretzels covered in dark chocolate.

Wow.  That’s a strong peanut butter theme, huh?! lol.

What cravings have been hitting you these days?  Do you normally honor them or compensate with something else?

Do you enjoy raw treats like these AB jelly squares?  What’s a recipe that you like?

Recent food “obsession”?

Love,

Ellie <33