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Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Balls

The following recipe was created in collaboration with Lauren Schulte. To see more of her bites and meals, visit her Instagram @TheBiteSizePantry

What some might call the most beloved lunch of all time has now become a mouthwatering breakfast bite or mid-day snack!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Balls

That’s right, I’ve taken the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and turned it into a something new, exciting and healthy thanks to Heinen’s freshly ground peanut butter, oats and flax seeds!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Balls

Rolled into balls or cut into squares, these PB&J treats are nostalgic and delicious!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Balls
Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Balls
Prep time:
10min
Total time:
10min

Servings:
24 Balls or 9 Squares

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick cooking Bob’s Red Mill oats
  • ½ cups ground flax seed
  • 1 cup Heinen’s freshly ground peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Heinen’s organic cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Bonne Maman cherry preserves

Instructions

For the Balls

  1. Blend the oats, flax seeds, peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt in a food processor until combined. The mixture should be sticky when pressed between your fingers. If not, add a tsp. or two of water.
  2. Using your hands, scoop out some of the dough and flatten it into a disk shape.
  3. Place a dollop of the preserves in the center of the disk.
  4. Fold up the edges, sealing the jam in the center, then roll it in the palm of your hands to form a ball. To prevent sticking, wet your hands prior to rolling.
  5. Repeat this process until all of the dough is used.
  6. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.

For the Squares

  1. Blend the oats, flax seeds, peanut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt in a food processor until combined. The mixture should be sticky when pressed between your fingers. If not, add a tsp. or two of water.
  2. Place half of the mixture in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish and flatten with the back of a spoon all the way up to the edges of the dish.
  3. Spread a layer of preserves over the oat mixture.
  4. Spread the other half of the oat mixture over top of the preserves. Press gently so the layer of preserves remains thick and intact.
  5. Place the baking dish in the fridge to set for at least an hour.
  6. Slice into squares and enjoy!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Balls

Products from the Recipe

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By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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