Thursday, May 3, 2012

School Lunch Gone Dessert: Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites

In 1989, I graced this world for the very first time.
In 2007, I graduated from high school and moved away from home to a college dorm.
In this very dorm, I immersed myself in the college food culture.
(Just thinking about it now makes me cringe slash want to barf)
When I wanted to get crazy and break away from pizza and ramen noodles,
I'd venture into PB&J.
In 2007, I consumed (and fell vastly in love) with my first Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

Fast forward to 2012,
I'm training for a marathon and constant craving peanut butter.
The fruits of Southern California weather, sweet strawberries, are rocking roadside booths
and I can't keep myself from partaking.
Last week, I decided to try out making my own strawberry jelly to go with my PB.
Such a grand idea!

Then, following my strawberry jelly making, peanut butter craving madness...
It was our turn to bring dessert to our community group for church!
Mr. Thomas and I belong to a rockin' bible study.
No joke, we love it.
We love them.
And I love making dessert for our dear group!
I get to try out all kinds of fun things
and they let me know if it's a repeat.
We have a couple diet restrictions
(which makes it so much more fun to cook!)
ranging from my desire to keep my sugar intake low, if not non-existent,
to a plant-based, animal product free diet.

These sweet bites were a HIT and everyone ate more than one...
Possibly more than two and three...
And on top of that,
everyone wanted the recipe.
Husbands included.
You hear that ladies?
This is a husband approved treat!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Bites

1 1/2 Packages (the little baggies, not whole boxes!) of Graham Crackers
1 jar of preserves (not the whole!)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
(I made two batches, one of each, and LOVED them both!)
1/2 cup peanut butter
Little bit of water

1. Grind up your graham crackers in a food processor.
(Or, if you don't have one, put them in a plastic bag and smash them to smithereens
using a meat mallet or hammer)
2. Melt coconut oil in microwaveable bowl.
3. Add syrup or honey to coconut oil and stir together.
4. Stir into graham crackers.
(You want them to be wet-ish so they'll stick together but not soupy)
5. Pack cracker mix into the bottom of wells in a small muffin tin.
6. Chill for 30 minutes.
(This just makes the crusts easy to remove and not so fall aparty)
7. Smear with preserves.
(Like you would bread)
8. Beat peanut butter in a mixer.
9. Add water to thin out the peanut butter.
(Just so it gets light and airy, not so it turns into soup)
10. Spread atop the jelly!
(If you want to get fancy -I did- put the PB into a piping bag and make little dollops!)

Now get out there are share it with your friends people! 
This dish is clean (if you get no sugar preserves) and vegan...
Plus it's bound to be a favorite for men, women, and children alike! 

1 comment:

  1. How you survived between the years of 1989 to 2007 without eating a single PB&J is beyond me. I think you may even be able to get into the Guiness Book of Wold Records!!!

    Also...'Fall Aparty'....Enough said!! :)
    It is officially in my vocabulary now :)

    This yummy snack/dessert looks delicious! And I will foir sure be trying it :)


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