Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars Recipe {And a Review of The Yummy Mummy Kitchen Cookbook}

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Marina (aka Yummy Mummy) has mastered the art of cooking with a few top-quality ingredients in such a way that when combined, their simplicity transforms into something complex and unexpected.

Yummy Mummy recipes are uncomplicated and unpretentious, yet absolutely elegant in their simplicity, making them perfect for both a weeknight meal with the family, as well as a formal dinner for a special occasion. Marina’s cookbook, The Yummy Mummy Kitchen, is one of the prettiest cookbooks I’ve seen in a while and I’m excited to share my thoughts on it with you!

Let’s dive right into the recipes.

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Salted Brown Butter Cookies

Given that this recipe is very straightforward and contains just a few ingredients, these cookies are surprisingly complex in flavor. Rich, buttery, and slightly nutty, with deep notes of caramel and a twinge of vanilla. Brown butter is magic in here. The sea salt flakes on top add not only their briny salt flavor, but a bit of crunch too, and pull everything together. This recipe was a favorite – one of the best cookies I’ve had in a while – and it will be pulled out again for my holiday baking, as I know it will be a huge hit with everyone, and a fun way to switch up the cookies I traditionally make. (Although I doubt I’ll wait until the holidays before making these cookies again!)

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Favorite Guacamole

Any time I find out someone’s favorite recipe I’m always tempted to give it a go. When I saw Marina’s recipe for her favorite guacamole and realized I had everything in the fridge, I pulled out the ingredients and it was mixed up in about 3 minutes flat. And I couldn’t have asked for a more delicious afternoon snack.

Marina has perfected the recipe: it has a fantastic balance of piquancy from garlic and onion, tanginess from lime, sweet/tart flavor from tomato, and buttery goodness from avocado. A sprinkling of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper are the finishing touches. And I love that her version isn’t completely pureed…not only is there no need to dirty the food processor, but it means the guac has some texture. Marina, I hope we can share favorites.

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Potato-Scaled Halibut

This beautiful dish is impressive enough to entertain with, but quick and easy enough for a weeknight meal. Another great thing about this meal is that because the flavors are so clean, I think it would pair well with just about any bolder-flavored side dish you’d like to serve it with. I served it along with a green salad dressed with homemade ginger-garlic-soy dressing, but it would be just as lovely with a side of Herbs de Provence-seasoned roasted vegetables or a creamy tomato-basil risotto.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars

As much as I loved everything, this is my favorite Yummy Mummy recipe so far…I’ve made it four times in the past month and a half! I’ve found it’s the perfect thing to whip up for a potluck or party, since it’s versatile and works well as breakfast, snack, or dessert. With intense peanut butter and jelly flavor, it’s a favorite all around.

Head over to my post on Culinary Covers for the full recipe for Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola Bars from The Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook!

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of The Yummy Mummy Kitchen (HarperOne; April 2013); as always, opinions are my own. This post contains Amazon affiliate links to products I believe in, which means that even though it doesn’t cost you anything extra, I will receive a small amount of money from the sale of these items, which helps me keep this site alive – thank you for helping to support An Edible Mosaic!



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Hello! I’m Faith and I write An Edible Mosaic. This is my recipe collection of international favorites and updated American classics, with an emphasis on seasonal dishes. I focus on real foods that sustain body and mind, bring people together, and make a house a home. Welcome to my mosaic of recipes.

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