4 Ingredient Peanut Butter & Jam Slice {Raw, Vegan, Grain & Gluten Free}

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Healthy Peanut Butter & Jam Jelly Slice

These PB&J slices do come with a warning because even though you may be like me i.e not a healthy eater, these are so good that you may not want to stop. I used buckwheat kernels or groats as my base. I received a bag of these along with some spelt flour and emmer flour from Bio-Oz in Parkes. Despite the name, buckwheat is not a grain and is actually gluten free. It's actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel.

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jam Jelly Slice

We've perhaps tried savoury crepes, blinis or soba noodles made with buckwheat flour. Buckwheat groats, kernels or kasha are usually eaten as porridge and are even better sources of resistant fibre than the flour. And the pyramid shaped kernels are great to work with as you can eat them raw, cook them up as a porridge (although cooking them does take a while) or just toast them for a nutty texture plus they are inexpensive. They also contain 11% protein and smell like peanuts so they're just about perfect for this recipe!

I deliberately left coconut oil out of this slice because I find that while it does help slices set hard, the flavour is quite strong and all I wanted to taste was peanut butter. It also adds calories and fats to the slice but feel free to add 1/2 cup of coconut oil to the mixture if you need these to set very hard.

I used up the last of my jar of personal peanut butter jar to make these. Every night I've had a bit of a routine involving this jar of peanut butter and trashy television. I grab my jar of peanut butter (yes it's actually my jar haha), some dried cranberries and a long spoon and watch the trashiest of all shows Married At First Sight.

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jam Jelly Slice

For the uninitiated (bless you) there is a panel of "experts" that match couples apparently for compatibility but really for maximum drama. It's definitely a car crash sort of show where it's hard to look away but at the same time you wonder if it is staged (probably) and whether they are actors (probably).

This season there has been a lot of partner swapping and they've upped the ante by throwing a sociopath into the mix who combines a mix of viciousness and bewildering cluelessness. There's a lot of dermal fillers, huge sea cucumber lips, someone that I'm sure is an alien who brushes his teeth like a serial killer, a classic chauvinistic douchebag from another century and someone that is so afraid of vaginas that he claimed an apartment to be possessed so he could flee.

I tried so hard to resist for half a season before I succumbed to the lure. Every night it was on I watched the show with my jar of peanut butter shouting at the screen or rolling my eyes. The show does make you worry about humans and also secretly glad that you're not single. The peanut butter is there to reassure me that if everything goes bad, there's always delicious food.

So tell me Dear Reader, do you have your own personal jar of peanut butter or Nutella? And did you watch Married At First Sight and what were your thoughts? Did you have any favourite or least favourite people? And have you cooked with buckwheat much?

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jam Jelly Slice

4 Ingredient Peanut Butter & Jam Slice {Raw, Vegan, Grain & Gluten Free}

An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 10 minutes plus 1 hour soaking time

Cooking time: 0 minutes

  • 2 cups buckwheat kernels/groats
  • 250g/8.8ozs. peanut butter
  • 150g/5ozs. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or to taste, depends on your peanut butter)
  • fat pinch of salt (ok that's 5 ingredients...)

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jam Jelly Slice

Soaked buckwheat kernels

Step 1 - Soak the buckwheat kernels in water for an hour. They will expand and get slimy-don't worry this is totally normal. Place in a fine sieve and rinse under a running tap and try and dry these as best as possible. I placed them on three layers of paper towels to absorb the excess water.

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jam Jelly Slice

Step 2 - Line a 26x17cm lamington tray. Mix the kernels with the peanut butter, cranberries, maple syrup and salt. Press into the lined tray and refrigerate until firm (I refrigerated them uncovered overnight). Cut into slices.

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jam Jelly Slice