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