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Published on January 19, 2021

peanut butter jelly energy bars

Recipe: Peanut Butter and Jelly Fuel Bars

Upcoming sports and competitive events mean it’s time to make sure you’re refueling yourself, athletes. Whether the players are kids, teenagers or adults, planning ahead sets you up for success, and makes it much easier to stick to your nutrition goals for health and performance.

These PB&J bars are a super simple to make, and they’re a delicious way to keep any athlete fully fueled. Not only that, they’re extra peanut buttery, chewy, sweet and fruity.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Fuel Bars


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter (You can use almond butter or an allergy friendly nut butter if you wish)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Combine nut butter, honey, vanilla and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add oats and dried fruits and mix well to combine evenly.
  3. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper, and then add the oat mixture.
  4. Press down very firmly and spread evenly, and then place in the refrigerator until chilled through, about four plus hours.
  5. Remove from container using plastic/parchment, and cut into 10 even-sized bars.

Nutrition per bar: 200 calories; total fat, 8 grams; sodium 57 milligrams; total carbohydrates 30 grams; fiber 3 grams; protein 6 grams.

Anna Heronimus, RD, LN, is a Sports Dietitian with the Avera Human Performance Center

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