I’m always on the lookout for recipes that call for over-ripe bananas and oats. Somehow I seem to have an excess of both at all times! These healthy chewy oatmeal bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction contain no flour, oil, or butter! They are delicious and so satisfying. The oats and peanut butter give these little guys real staying power, while the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips give it that decadent factor that make them perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert. I wanted to put these in my daughter’s lunch box, but they contain peanut butter, and that is not allowed. You could substitute with a sunflower seed butter or even cookie butter (!)
Plus, it’s a one bowl recipe, my favorite kind…just add all the ingredients and stir. Oats, dark brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, milk, vanilla extract, egg, mashed bananas, and peanut butter. I use Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter…my husband doesn’t like the natural peanut butters where the oil separates on the top, and the Skippy one does not require stirring!
Press the mixture into a greased 8×8 pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. There’s endless variations you could do with this! Next time I think I’ll add in some chopped honey roasted peanuts or pretzels for that sweet/salty combo! White chocolate chips and cranberries would be great, or dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries…I could go on and on :)
PB and Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
2.5 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup 1% milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 pan.
In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together: oats, brown sugar, baking powder salt, and cinnamon. Add in the wet: milk, vanilla, egg, and mashed bananas. Stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Place the mixture in your prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool before cutting.
What’s your favorite nut butter or non-nut butter?
What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?
If it’s a square of chocolate, I love dark. If it’s inside of a dessert or melted, I prefer white chocolate :)