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PB&J Freezer Bars

What you need: 

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 Ener-G egg
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 13 oz. jar Bonne Maman strawberry preserves

What you do: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Clear a space in your freezer for the baking pan. Set out a cooling rack.
2. Whisk together the flour and baking soda in a small bowl. In a larger, separate bowl beat together the oil and sugars. Then add to this the "egg," peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a square baking pan, either 8 x 8" or 9 x 9" (ungreased). Over this, spread the preserves in a thin layer. Make sure that the fruit touches the edges of the pan, and is evenly spread.
4. Bake for 20 minutes. Then, remove from the oven and cool on the rack. (If you want, you can eat the dessert now, but it will be very soft and crumbly.)
5. Put the pan in the freezer and leave it there until completely cold, at least 2 hours and ideally overnight.
6. Serve cold from the freezer, with soy ice cream or a big glass of cold soy milk! Yummy.
Source of recipe: I created this recipe from a failed attempt to make peanut butter cookies.

Preparation Time: 
about an hour, Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
Servings: 
6-8
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Anonymous

Do you think it would work to use 1/2 cup applesauce instead of the egg (or replacer). I'd just like this to be a little healthier.

You know, you could try that. The basic idea of the crust is to be sort of like a shortbread cookie, so if you use applesauce make sure it still has a slightly damp but crumbly texture. Also, make sure you don't overbake it -- it's already hard to get out of the pan!

Good luck, I'd love to hear how your version works out.

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Do you think it would work to use 1/2 cup applesauce instead of the egg (or replacer). I'd just like this to be a little healthier.

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i just made these and they were yummy!! my 'dough' came out a bit crumbly when i cut the first square out, so i think next time i think i will use less flour. also, i used raspberry preserves and slices of fresh strawberries on top. soymilk is perfectly paired with this! it was so simple and delicious! thank you muchly (ill put up pics when i can get a good solid square out of the pan  ;)b )

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