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peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars

i know what you’re thinking.  ANOTHER peanut butter recipe?  yes.  i have no shame. i am addicted to peanut butter.

so, before i share these incredibly delicious, wholesome (read: healthy) oatmeal bars, let’s take a look back on some of the most popular recipes this month.

there were some delicious recipes in March!

*click on any picture to link to the recipe.

           

if you’ve been following sally’s baking addiction for the past few months, you may remember my peanut butter banana oatmeal bars. these bars are gooooooood. without a doubt, my FAVORITE healthy recipe i’ve ever made. i played around with the recipe a bit and added some chocolate this time.

because everything is better with chocolate.

it is the super ripe bananas and oats that make these bars so incredibly chewy and soft. the peanut butter packs a HUGE flavor punch and chocolate/peanut butter chips add a sweet surprise in each bite. plus, there is only 1/4 cup sugar IN THE ENTIRE recipe. told ya these were healthy.

   

not only are these bars good-for-you, they are also easy to make.

i loathe long bake times, complicated recipes, and slaving away in the kitchen. there’s none of that in these bars. nope. mix everything up in 1 bowl and 20 minutes later you’ll be in oatmeal bar heaven.

peanut butter banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars

(categorized under brownies/barsgranola & healthy stuff)

makes 16 small squares

  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (regular or soy milk would be fine)
  • 1 large egg (or 1 “flax” egg – see note below for vegan option)
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 8 x 8 pan w/ cooking spray & set aside.
  2. Mix together oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add in the milk, vanilla, and egg.  Mix together until evenly combined.
  4. Add mashed bananas, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips.  Stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Cut into bars and enjoy!

*these bars can easily be made vegan by using vegan chocolate chips (the reese’s peanut butter chips i used are vegan) and using a “flax egg” instead of a regular egg. flax egg = mix 1 tbsp ground flax w/ 3 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up.

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ps: want to see more of my healthy recipes?

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

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Comments

  1. 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 🙂

  2. Oh these look amazing!!

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

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

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

  5. So simple and delicious! These would make a perfect on the go breakfast.

    • i agree, i love having oatmeal bars on hand for quick and easy snacks or breakfasts! thanks for stopping by! your blog is adorable. Those Glazed Nut, Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars look incredible!

  6. Mmmm! Now I’m going to just HAVE to make these because I have two ripe bananas sitting on my counter. I love that there’s only 1/4 cup of sugar in the recipe. That definitely justifies making these as a breakfast “treat”. And that caramel apple version…it looks like heaven!

    • Valerie, thanks for stopping by! Both these and the caramel apple oatmeal bars definitely make me feel like I’m “cheating” on a healthy diet! They are both so good and so nutritious!

  7. Simply Superb !

  8. I really wish I could bake!.
    of course, i DO have a wife…..

  9. Do you have the calories for these?

    • kay, i’m sorry i don’t. you could plug the ingredients into a recipe calorie counter online if you want. there were 16 servings in the entire recipe.

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