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Recipe Inspired by Fruitables Popular Flavor Mashups: Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bars

Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bars

 

Recipe Inspired by: Fruitables Biggies Peanut Butter & Banana and Fruitables pb n’ joy Peanut Butter & Banana

 

These Peanut Butter Banana Snack (or breakfast!) Bars are the soft, chewy snack bars you crave made with only 7 or 8 ingredients and in one bowl. It couldn’t be easier! The almond extract lends a “store-bought” flavor and is totally optional, but don’t skip the vanilla or cinnamon. You can also add flax or chia seeds for a health boost and chocolate for a taste boost. We say go for both!

 

Quick tip: Lightly spray your 1 cup measure with cooking spray before measuring the peanut butter to keep it from sticking!

 

Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bars

Recipe by Stacie Billis for Fruitables

 

Makes 8 bars (or 16 squares)

 

3 ripe bananas

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup light brown sugar (you can substitute granulated sugar)

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Melted white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or candy melts (optional)

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8”x8” pan with parchment paper and set aside. Place bananas and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, “mash” the bananas and combine well with the peanut butter. The bananas need to be soft for this to work (and for the best flavor!). If your bananas aren’t quite ripe enough, mash them with a fork before using the mixer to combine with the peanut butter.

 

  1. Add the oats, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and almond extract to the bowl and mix until all of the ingredients are well combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.

 

  1. If using, drizzle chocolate or candy melts on top of the bars and place in the refrigerator to cool completely, at least one hour. When ready to serve, cut into 8 equal pieces; bars can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Stacie Billis

Stacie Billis is a veteran food editor, on-air personality, and co-host of the popular food podcast for parents, Didn’t I Just Feed You. Billis has released two cook books, Make It Easy, a real-life manual of just-healthy-enough meals for busy parents and their kids, and Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner: 50 Winning Ways To Cook It Up!, which solves dinner using America’s favorite main protein. Stacie’s sous-chef, Ziggy, accompanies her in the kitchen from time to time.

Stacie’s laid-back, modern recipes and non-judgmental cooking advice have been featured in dozens of publications including Parents, Every Day with Rachael Ray, The Washington Post, and Redbook. She has also appeared on the TODAY Show, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and QVC. 

 

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