For anyone with overly ripe bananas at home, I hope you’ll give these peanut butter banana oat bars a try. The recipe I came up with over the weekend is very easy to make, and I’ve been loving these soft and chewy treats for pre-workout fuel this week!
Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars
Makes around a dozen bars
- 3 cups rolled oats (use gluten free if necessary)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 large mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup unsalted creamy peanut butter
- Chia seeds
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, mash the two bananas. Add in the vanilla extract, milk, maple syrup, and eggs. Stir, and then add in the peanut butter.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir until combined.
- Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, and then pour the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle the top with chia seeds.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown and bars have set.
- Cool, cut into bars, and enjoy!
I like that these bars are soft and chewy because they resemble granola bars that you can buy at the grocery store, minus all the refined sugar and processed chemicals. Whenever I buy granola bars at the store, I lean toward peanut butter flavored ones, so these are a great replacement. They stay well in an airtight container and are the perfect nutritious grab and go snack for anyone on the run. Also, since they don’t have a lot of sugar in them, I don’t want to eat the whole batch in one sitting. Bonus!
Hope you love them! If you make them, post a pic to social media because 1) I wanna see, and 2) I’m starting a “You Made It, You Did It” blog series to feature F&F readers who make my recipes and do my workouts. Unless you email me or post a pic, I won’t know!
Readers, let’s chat! What flavor granola bars do you like? What do you eat for pre-workout fuel?
This post is an updated version of a recipe I posted back in 2012. The content, recipe ingredients, and pictures have all been redone to be more reflective of my current stance on what healthy eating means for me.