Anyone who knows me and my gaggle of girls knows that they require an insane amount of adventure fuel! I won’t bother trying to explain it, it’s just something you have to experience to believe! Nevertheless, I am always looking for healthy and fun ways to keep their bellies satisfied. I love having nutrient dense snacks around that the girls can grab themselves and that are easy to bring on the go. Peanut butter is a great ingredient for these snacks so when I was given the chance to sample a peanut butter that puts all other peanut butter to shame, I said yes please!
As I waited for my sample of Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter to arrive I couldn’t decide which recipe I wanted to make. True to my adventurous spirit, I decided to do a mash up and create something new. Truth be told, when the jar of creamy Pic’s arrived I was temped to eat the whole thing with a spoon, but I made peanut butter bars for the girls instead. These bars were inspired by peanut butter cookies from my childhood and a blueberry crumb bar from Smitten Kitchen. The bars are easy to make and eat! The girls were begging for bars all day long. The classic combo of salty and sweet from a pb&j sandwich is ready for adventure in these new bars!
I honestly cannot get enough of this peanut butter! Luckily the Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs are available individually or in packs of 20 on Amazon. Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs are a hearty shot of the world’s finest smooth peanut butter. The snack sized peanut butter pocket fuel is easy to throw in your bag for an emergency hangry attacks (by the toddlers or adults) or in lunch boxes for a cleaner way to enjoy peanut butter on the go.
Peanut Butter Adventure Bars
Peanut Butter Crumb
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 1½ cups oat flour you can measure 1.5 cups oats and pulse in food processor
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ cup butter cold, cut into chunks
- 1 cup peanut butter Pic's Brand is my favorite, but any natural PB works well
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup granulated sugar you can substitute fruit preserves for a less sweet version
- 3 tsp cornstarch you can substitute AP flour in a pinch
- 4 cups berries frozen or fresh
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan. (I like to line with parchment paper for easy removal)
- In a medium bowl, stir together ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1½ cups flour, 1½ cups oat flour, baking powder & salt (or pulse in a food processor for less dishes). Use a fork, pastry cutter or food processor to blend in the butter, peanut butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.
- In another bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Gently mix in the berries. Sprinkle the berry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. This will vary by oven. Cover with foil if the top browns too quickly. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
If you thought you loved peanut butter you have never met Pic! His toaster trailer is amazing and I have added a trip to Pic’s World of Peanut Butter in Nelson, New Zealand to the Adventure Moms Bucketlist.
The Scoop on Pic’s Peanut Butter
Founded in 2007 by Pic Picot, New Zealand-based Pic’s Peanut Butter is New Zealand’s #1 selling peanut butter and sold in 13 countries around the world. Pic’s is made from the finest quality Hi-Oleic peanuts from Australia that are fresh roasted and lovingly squashed in Nelson. Pic’s then quick seals its peanut butter to preserve freshness and flavour. Pic’s is all-natural, is gluten and sugar free and has no additives – simply peanuts and a trace of Kiwi salt, the unsalted version containing 100% peanuts. Pic’s Peanut Butter is NON GMO Verified. Four varieties are offered – Original (Crunchy), Original (Crunchy, no salt), Smooth and Smooth (no salt) along with Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs available individually or in packs of 20 (available on Amazon). For more information on Pic’s Peanut Butter visit picspeanutbutter.com