Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars.

If you’ve been following Sally’s Baking Addiction since the beginning, you may remember my peanut butter banana oatmeal bars.  They are, without a doubt, my FAVORITE healthy snack recipe ever.  I played around with the recipe a bit and added some chocolate.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Because everything is better with chocolate, no? ;)

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

It is the super ripe bananas that make these bars so incredibly soft.   Super ripe bananas are super-brown and super-sweet. The natural sweetness of the ripe bananas also lessens the brown sugar needed in these bars, which is always a good thing in my book.

The more ripe your bananas are, the better these bars will taste. And the softer they will be, too.

The peanut butter packs a HUGE flavor punch and the oats give these bars a nice chewy texture.  The chocolate chips and peanut butter chips bring it all together. And these bars are so easy to make.  When it comes to healthy recipes, simple  and quick are the most important to me.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

I loathe long bake times, complicated recipes, and slaving away in the kitchen.

There’s none of that in these bars.  Just mix everything up in 1 bowl and 20 minutes later you’ll be snacking away.

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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Makes 12-16 bars, depending how large you cut them. Bars stay fresh for up to one week in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. *Vegan option:* see note below. *Gluten Free option:* see note below.

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (200g) old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) dark brown sugar, loosely packed (or light brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) almond milk (regular or soy milk would be fine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (or 1 "flax" egg - see note below for vegan option)
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup (85g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (90g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (90g) peanut butter chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 8x8 square (or 9x9 inch) baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. 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, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. Stir well.

Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars.

 

Notes:

These bars can easily be made vegan by using vegan chocolate chips + vegan putter butter chips and using a “flax egg” instead of a regular egg. Flax egg = mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up. Use the "flax gel" as a replacement for the egg. Make sure your oats are certified gluten free to ensure these bars will be gluten free.

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Want to see more of my healthy recipes?

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

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Skinny Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

 

Skinny Strawberry Banana Milkshakes

Skinny Strawberry Banana Milkshake

 

Caramel Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

 

Skinny Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Skinny Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

   

72 Responses to “Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars.”

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    Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious)posted March 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Great round-up of March recipes! I want to make all of them! And these bars look AH-MAZING. Peanut butter and banana are made for each other, and once you throw chocolate in the mix, it becomes absolute heaven :)

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    Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italianposted March 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Oh these look amazing!!

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    Medejaposted March 31, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Oh, they look really lovely an yummy! I like such sweet and chewy things..

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    Angie@Angie's Recipesposted March 31, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I am always a fan of oatmeal bars. These look delectable!

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    zeeposted April 2, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Simply Superb !

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    Sue Kposted April 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Just made the peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars! Very good! And they were easy to make! :)

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    Lizzieposted June 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I made these for the second time recently. They are legitimately one of my favorite foods. Every bite tastes different. I love to microwave them for a few seconds and eat them with a dessert fork :) Yum!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 6th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Lizzie, it is SO nice to hear that! They are practically made every week in my house. Seriously, so so good! I am working on some variations :)

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      • Lizziereplied on June 6th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

        raspberries and dark chocolate chips perhaps? :)

        • Sallyreplied on June 7th, 2012 at 6:29 am

          Ha! I love it! I made raspberry dark chocolate banana bread yesterday, so I am SURE that combo would be great in these bars too :)

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    Hayleyposted June 18, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Love them! So good even though I used all chocolate chips! Best granola bar using banana’s I’ve ever tried!

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    Theresaposted July 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Oh my, these bars sound delish! I will definitely be trying the vegan option.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 3rd, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks Theresa! I’ve had the vegan version of these bars and they are just as tasty. :)

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    Rachel @ Twin Toughposted July 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Made two batches of these yesterday, and everyone loves them!! Hubby and the kids gobbled them right up, and the batch that got sent to my parents and grandmother is practically gone too! Used a combination of Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter and The Bee’s Knees peanut butter, and they turned out amazing! Thanks for such an easy, healthy, and delicious treat! (Awesome way to use up those ripe bananas sitting on the counter!) :)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 20th, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Yum! I love both versions of the pb you mentioned! Your bars sound like they were heavenly! Sooo glad you enjoyed them, Rachel. :)

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    Natashaposted July 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve made these about 4 times since having to give up wheat 2 months ago… they’ve been my regular breakfast every morning, microwaved to meltiness. I love these things. They freeze very nicely, too. I leave out the peanut butter chips and throw in some extra chocolate. Doubling the cinnamon works well too.

    I’ve found it’s necessary to bake them for closer to 30 minutes to get the center to 165 degrees, which is necessary since they contain raw egg. This makes them pretty firm once they’ve cooled down. I like the texture perfectly well, but I might try using flax “eggs” next time so I can bake them less.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 29th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Great! Glad you liked them.

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    Kaseyposted October 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Sally, I am a recent discover-er of you and your truly, truly awesome baker self. I support your addiction!! :) You inspired me to make these oatmeal bars with a twist I know you will love, Nutella instead of PB!! Delicious, delectable, [insert other d adjective]!! They were a dish best served cold a day or so after the original baking. I couldn’t wait and ate them hot!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 10th, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Nutella banana oatmeal bars! Holy moly, you are brilliant!! Kasey, I may just have to steal your idea and make these myself!! I can only imagine how wonderful they taste. You are such a sweetheart for writing in and saying hi. I can’t wait to make these!

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    Sara W.posted October 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Made these today….very moist and delicious. I’m making more skinny peanut butter swirl brownies this week (like tomorrow!) :-)

    Love your recipes!!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 15th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      I’m glad you liked these! They are a favorite oatmeal bar recipe of mine – cannot beat banana and chocolate and PEANUT BUTTER! :D

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    Sara W.posted October 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Oh, and also made your peanut butter oatmeal bars….Such good running fuel, at least that’s what I tell myself when I take an extra slice of one…you know, just the corner off one little square..haha!! The kids wanted to add some sprinkles, so of course we did.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 15th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Adding sprinkles! I love love love that idea Sara! Pure genius. I’m going to do that next time. And yes, these were great running fuel for me too!

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    Joannaposted October 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I just made these and they are so delicious! So excited to have them as breakfast on the go. But I was wondering, what is the best way to store them? Should they be kept at room temperature or put in the fridge? Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 31st, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Joanna! So glad you made these! I love them. :) I kept mine out at room temperature but they didn’t last more than 2 days in my kitchen. I’d store them in teh fridge after that for the best taste/texture!

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    BeckieBeeposted January 29, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Do you realise how hard it was to wait for these gorgeous bars to cool in the tin?! I’ve been searching for a recipe like this to use up my bananas, is healthy – but has alot of flavour and richness behind it. THIS is the recipe and it worked a treat. The sides are crunchy which makes them even more dreamy. Great recipe, thanks a ton!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 30th, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Hi BeckieBee! I am in love with these oatmeal bars. I haven’t made them in a couple months. You’ve reminded me to get on that soon! SO glad you loved them too! Thanks for reporting back. :)

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    Amandaposted March 25, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Made these bars today and they are SCRUMPTIOUS! Seriously gooey bites of heaven. I’m in love :)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I’m so glad you like them!

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    Sandyposted April 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I made these yesterday and they are delicious! I did make a substitution…. I used cashew butter because I don’t care for peanut butter. And I omitted the peanut butter chips and doubled the chocolate chips. I put several in the fridge and froze the rest. I just had one for breakfast…. yummy! Thanks for this terrific recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 11th, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I’ll have to try cashew butter sometime, Sandy. I make these quite often with different variations, but never cashew butter. Thanks for reporting back!

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    Jenposted April 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I LOVED these bars!! They are perfect for a mom who needs to make something healthy, has leftover bananas, doesn’t have time to warm butter (and in such occasions as needs to always ends up melting it), and MUST HAVE CHOCOLATE. Thanks for this recipe. Delicious!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 30th, 2013 at 9:11 am

      So glad you liked them Jen! These are one of my very favorites.

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    Christinaposted June 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I have these in the oven right now. I tried the batter and WOW I am doing a dance waiting for them to come out. So excited! I will definitely make them again, maybe add some Craisins and almonds. I think they would be even more delicious! Thanks so much!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 12th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks Christina! Glad you made these – I love the batter too. And there are so many different add-ins to play around with! Craisins are a great choice. :)

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    Annieposted August 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Sally! Made these last night and am actually enjoying one right now as a mid-morning snack :) I can’t believe how moist they are! I actually stuck them in the fridge overnight to harden up a bit. Question – have you ever tried omitting the almond milk? I can’t imagine the bars being “dry” without the addition of the milk. What do you think? Thanks! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on August 23rd, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Annie – I know. They are so moist! The milk does contribute to the moisture. You could leave it out, but I fear the bars would get too crumbly. I’m sure they’d still be delicious though. Let me know if you try it!

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    Kahliaposted September 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I’m making these now! I used half quick oats. half apple cinnamon muesli and left out the sugar.. can’t wait to try them.

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    • Sallyreplied on September 7th, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Now that sounds delicious, Kahlia. Enjoy!

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    Gina Zposted October 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I used two large bananas and cooked them 10 minutes longer than the recipe said and I still ended up with kinda mushy bars. Thoughts?

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    • Sallyreplied on October 8th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      All ovens are different and it just may be that you need to bake them longer. Also, do you use an oven thermometer? Your oven could not run as hot as the dial states.

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    Amandaposted November 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I can’t wait to make these for my growing kids! They are in a growth spurt and hungry ALL THE TIME! So even though they eat a healthy breakfast at school, they are constantly asking for breakfast before school and eat pretty much from the time they get home till they go to bed. I plan on making these in a few minutes for them for a pre-breakfast breakfast! I know they will love them as well as I will bc they aren’t sugar filled or crazy high calories nor do they cost a bunch! Thanks so much for sharing this with the world! ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on November 3rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Hi Amanda! This is exactly why I love these bars. They’re easy, cheap, fulfilling, and relatively healthy compared to many packaged “healthy” snacks. I make them all the time. In fact, I still have a batch in the freezer from a month ago. I fill them with all sorts of goodies. I hope your kids love them too!

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    Janaposted January 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

    These look amazing! I want to make them but know I won’t be able to eat them fast enough. How long will they keep in the freezer and still taste good?

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    • Sallyreplied on January 12th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Hey Jana! I freeze these for up to 2 months. Give them a quick nuke in the microwave for about 15 seconds depending how powerful your microwave is.

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    Joannaposted January 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Sally-
    I was wondering, will using natural peanut butter affect the recipe at all? PS: Love your blog and all the recipes! I’m already debating what to make next!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 21st, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Hey Joanna! Natural PB in this recipe would be just fine. I use my homemade PB in it all the time.

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    Kelleyposted January 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I just made these are they are SOOO delicious! I can’t believe there is no butter or flour!

    I also just wanted to say that I really appreciate how you take the time to read comments and respond. I love reading your blog everyday and searching for older recipes that are linked at the end of your recipes :)

    I was wondering how you come up with recipes? If you base them off something else or just make them up completely? I love finding recipes and trying to make them healthier or just tweaking ingredients :)

    Thank you so much for this recipe!!! Definitely planning on making these weekly!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 30th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Hey Kelley! Happy you made these. I love them so much, make them quite often! I develop my recipes overtime. I’ve been baking since I was little, so there’s been a lot of practice/trial and error. I know what flavors work well and I’m not afraid to experiment and have fun. Thanks for the kind words!

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    rachelposted February 13, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I can’t wait to make these…all i have is quick oats though…what’s the reason behind not using quick oats?

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    • Sallyreplied on February 13th, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Quick oats will be just fine! I like to use whole oats because they lend a chewier, heartier texture.

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    Alishaposted February 24, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Hi, Sally! A friend of mine posted this on facebook a few weeks ago, and I am SO glad she shared! Your recipe is SOOO delicious! I made a few changes for my diet/ the ingredients I had on hand. I eat a gluten-free, vegan, low-refined sugar diet by necessity (and I usually choose to eat my sugar in chocolate), so I omitted the brown sugar completely, added a touch more oats and a touch less almondmilk to make up for the moisture the sugar would have absorbed. I didn’t have peanut butter chips, so I added extra chocolate chips instead, and I used almond butter instead of peanut butter because I had an abundance of it; and I made the flax egg version. The bars came out fantastic! I am a new mom and temporarily single as far as time goes (my husband is away at basic military training), and these came together so quickly and easily my 4-month old was even ok while I mixed them! I think next time I will add the normal amount of chocolate chips and add some nuts (like walnuts, peanuts, or almonds) to cut down on the sugar even more and add some [more] healthy fats. I thought these bars were perfectly yummy and plenty sweet enough without the added sugar! I did bake them a little longer because they were quite gooey at the recommended time, but they came out moist and flavorful and stayed that way for the three days they lasted (…I may have eaten them all in three days. Maybe.). ;)
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It rocked my busy-hungry-baby-filled world!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 24th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      I am beyond happy how much you loved these bars. But not only that, also because you took the time to leave such a sweet comment. Made my morning to read it. I love your version! I usually only make these with peanut butter but I must try almond butter next time. Thank you so much for reporting back, Alisha!

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      • Alishareplied on February 24th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

        Of course, Sally! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! I have already pinned some to try. :D By the way, I just noticed (I was too focused on the delicious bar recipe before) that your photography is lovely! The bananas in the background of these pictures are the perfect touch!

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    Rachelposted February 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I love this recipe! I have made it several times and eat it for breakfast, snack or dessert. I love that I don’t have to feel bad about giving it to my kids even though they consider it a special treat! I always warm it up a bit to get the chocolate melty. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on February 27th, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Love these healthy oatmeal bars warm from the microwave too! Thanks for reporting back, Rachel!

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    Biancaposted March 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    These bars are heavenly! I only used the chocolate chips since I don’t have peanut butter ones, but these were awesome all the same. I just had two, and the melty chocolate chips just oozing out of the bar… I’m speechless. :D

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    Meganposted April 14, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I didn’t realize until I was ready to make these that I only had quick oats on hand… but they turned out great anyway! We baked them a bit longer, because they seemed a bit too soft/mushy, but I’m assuming that was due to the oats. Still, very delicious, and I will be making them again! Thank you :)

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    Julieposted April 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Does anyone know how much longer to bake them if I double use and 9×13?

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    Amanda Kposted April 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    These were the first flourless treat I’ve ever baked and I am so happy that I did. Great way to use up my ripe bananas! Love the flavor combination, thanks for the tasty recipe!

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    Sashaposted May 18, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Great recipe! I’m starting to drool just looking at those pictures. Just wondering- do you think it’ll be okay if I substitute applesauce for the banana? Everyone in my family but me hates bananas. Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on May 18th, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Sasha, that would be just fine – I’ve done that before with success. You’ll need 1/2 cup.

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    Kimposted June 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I made these tonight after searching for a quick breakfast recipe. THEY ARE AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing! I did the ‘flax egg’ (a first for me!) and added some chia seeds. They were delicious–I will most definitely be making these again! :)

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    Amandaposted June 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Hi Sally!
    I have made these bars a few times. They are absolutely delicious and so easy to make! I love the fact that they do not contain flour. This last time, I added a few tablespoons of unrefined cocoa powder and only added the chocolate chips on top. They are a little less sweet, but still divine. Great recipe!!! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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    Kateposted July 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    would it be okay to use almond butter instead?

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    • Sallyreplied on July 1st, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Yep that would be fine!

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    Lilyposted August 10, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Hey Sally, I’ve made these bars a few times and I really love them. My problem is that because I can’t get to grips with cooking in cups, they sometimes come out too dry or too soggy ect. I was wondering if you could put the grams in this recipe? That would be amazing. Thank you :)

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    • Sallyreplied on August 10th, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Updated!

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      • Lilyreplied on August 10th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        Thank you so much! You are officially the loveliest blogger!

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    Anaposted November 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Sally – I’ve just discovered your blog, and I’ve tried 2 of your recipes this week: pumpkin chocolate bread and these bars. Both of these have been -major- hits with my family. I am not a good cook and I rarely have 1, let alone 2 consecutive successes when trying new recipes! So thank you very much for sharing your talent and beautiful blog, and helping an inept cook like me look like a domestic goddess to my family!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 7th, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Ana. Let me know anything else you try!

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    Christineposted November 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    These are so delicious, thanks for sharing. My daughter likes them & consider them healthy with the ingredients in this recipe. I just recently discovered your blog!

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