Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Bars

We have been trying to eat healthier but we have had some intenseBanana Peanut Butter Bars cravings for something sweet lately so that is where this concoction came from. I always have some frozen ripe bananas in the freezer so recipes like this are a quick and easy fix when we need something on a weeknight to satisfy us. Nothing goes together like peanut butter and bananas, except maybe a little chocolate! These are terrific bars that go together super fast and make you feel like you are indulging but are actually getting some power from protein.

Toss all the ingredients together and bake for 25 minutes and you have a healthy treat that is perfect for a sweet tooth that is trying hard to stay on track! I like my sweets chewy but for those that like a crispy or crunchy treat, you can bake these in a bigger pan so they are thinner and bake for 5-10 minutes longer and they come out crunchy. Either way is good!

2 large ripe bananas (if frozen, thaw)

1/2 cup peanut butter (can use creamy or chunky)

1 cup quick cook oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. That is one of the nice things about this recipe – it is one of those “all in one bowl” kinds that make clean up much easier!
Chewy bars in a bowl
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 9×9 baking dish.
Pour in the mixture and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges and top is lightly browned.
For a crispy bar, use a 9×13 inch pan and bake until lightly browned and crispy. Let the bars cool before slicing. They pair perfectly with a tall glass of milk!
Baked Peanut Butter Banana Bars
Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Bars

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One response to “Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Bars”

  1. Eliza Waters says :

    This looks and sounds yummy!

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