Today I bring you one of my favorite recipes of all time. They may seem pretty simple, but I assure you that these bars are PACKED with flavor. They are a soft, chewy, and irresistable granola bar – and have been my go-to snack for quite some time now. With only 1/4 cup sugar in the ENTIRE recipe and NO oil and NO butter, I can feel good about eating them.
I try to use the ripest/brownest bananas I have on hand. The browner they are, the more naturally sweet these bars will be. The mashed bananas make these bars perfectly moist and practically taste like banana bread. Healthy banana bread? Yes please!
You can play around with different add-ins based on your taste preference. I added some raisins and walnuts to today’s bars, but feel free to add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or any of your favorite dried fruits or nuts.
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars
makes 16 small squares
- 2.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup almond milk (regular or soy milk would be fine)
- 1 large egg
- 2 large bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup add-ins (raisins, walnuts, craisins, peanuts, chocolate chips, etc)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray & set aside.
Mix together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add in the milk, vanilla, and egg. Mix together until evenly combined. Add mashed bananas, peanut butter, and add-ins. Stir well.
Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cut into bars and enjoy!
*These bars can easily be made vegan using a “flax egg.” Mix 1 tbsp ground flax w/ 3 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up.