Soft Baked Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

by Kim Lange
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These delicious and delightful Soft Baked Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars with chocolate chips are the perfect energy breakfast or snack when you want something healthy, yet satisfying for those sweet tooth cravings.  Quick and easy recipe you’ll want to make over and over again!

Made with natural, wholesome ingredients like peanut butter, oats, banana, almond milk, chocolate chips and applesauce, it’s no wonder these awesome bars are a home-run with the kids as well as the adults!   

Adaptable options available!

To make them healthy, we only used 1/4 cup of brown sugar, which makes them just sweet enough.  Sugar options?  Besides brown sugar, you could use golden monkfruit sugar like Health Garden Monk Fruit Sweetener, which is Non GMO, gluten free, keto-friendly and a 1:1 Sugar Substitute.  Coconut sugar could also be used.  Not sure about maple or agave syrup, but if you try it, let us know how it works out.  

The applesauce, chocolate chips and ripe bananas also sweetens it up a bit, but if you want to add a little more sugar, maybe a tablespoon or two is more than enough for a sweeter tasting oatmeal bar. 

The oats can be also be gluten-free, if you want to go the GF route and we love organic oats!  Use old-fashioned or quick oats or a 1/2 & 1/2 mixture of both. 

The chocolate chips can be mini or regular size, depending on how much chocolate you want.  Of course, we used vegan chocolate chips to keep things 100% dairy free. 

The unsweetened applesauce can be substituted with a flax egg, so there again, you have another option!  Woohoo!  

Other add-ins could be raisins, dates, nuts, flax seeds, or hemp hearts

Peanut butter could easily be switched out with any nut butter like tahini or Justin’s vanilla almond butter.  (Just make sure the nut butter can be stirred easily.)   

Why not make them different every time with what you have on hand when the mood strikes and come up with your own personal favorite?  Plus, they are so easy to make, no excuses!  

There’s really no down-side to these healthy & soft baked, moist oatmeal bars!  Home-made is the best!!  

We love our healthy-ish indulgent snacks!  If you do too, you’ll love these Classic No-Bake Cookies, these Best Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars and these unforgettable Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars.

Soft Baked Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

These delicious and delightful soft baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate Chips are the perfect energy breakfast or snack when you want something healthy, yet satisfying for those sweet tooth cravings.  Quick and easy recipe you'll want to make over and over again!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: Banana, bars, breakfast, healthy bars, oatmeal, peanut butter, snack, vegan oatmeal bars
Servings: 16 bars

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper with enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bars from the pan. Set aside.
  • Using a mixer in a large bowl, beat together the mashed bananas, peanut butter, brown sugar and applesauce together, then add in the oats, baking powder salt, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate chips and continue mixing together. Batter will be a little thick and pourable.
  • Transfer mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 25-28 minutes or until the center is set but still soft looking.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan at room temperature for 45-60 minutes. Chill bars in fridge and then slice them into bars. The bars are more difficult to cut if they aren’t chilled.
  • Remove bars from the pan using the overhang on the sides then cut into bars. Bars will be soft and moist.
  • Cover leftover bars tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 8-10 days.

Notes

  • Freezing Instructions: between sheets of parchment paper in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Flax egg = mix 1 Tbsp ground flax with 3 Tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while it “gels” up
  • Pumpkin can be substituted for banana

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. 

 

 

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