Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

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From www.foodfanatic.com, by Stacey Mebs
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

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How I love fast and easy snacks that can double as breakfast. Especially when chocolate and peanut butter are involved. Banana peanut butter oatmeal bars. With chocolate chips! And they're healthy!

And yes, I have yet another oatmeal bar type breakfast/snack recipe for you today. Because they're awesome. And oatmeal is good for you. And I can't eat it in a bowl like a normal person, so I need to keep making different oatmeal bars instead.

I've got a few different versions of this recipe now. The first one I made was these banana oatmeal squares, and I think those are still the favourite. But these apple oatmeal squares definitely run a close second. And then there was this banana berry oatmeal cake which also started with the same recipe.

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Clearly I can't get enough of baked oatmeal things.

It's just such a great on-the-go breakfast or snack! Healthy, filling, and so fast and easy to make that it's kind of hard to beat. Plus they're all great either cold or warmed up and they all freeze beautifully.

These banana peanut butter oatmeal bars may just be the new favourites around here though. Possibly because I added chocolate chips to these ones. Maybe. Makes it a little more treat like but they're still definitely healthy enough for breakfast.

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And I love when I can include chocolate in a healthy snack and not feel guilty about it!

These peanut butter oatmeal bars have no refined sugar, no butter or oil, and use only whole grains. They're filled with banana and peanut butter flavour, and the oats make them nice and hearty.

They are the perfect breakfast or snack and will keep you going, while feeling like a treat because of the chocolate chips.

We loved these. I don't think my oatmeal bar obsession will be ending anytime soon.

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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with non-stick spray, or line it with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, mash the bananas and whisk them together with the honey, peanut butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in the milk and fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the batter in the prepared baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool completely and then slice into squares. 

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. The bars are tasty either at room temperature or warmed up.

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