I went a little overboard with produce purchasing this past weekend and I’ve found myself with a whole bunch of bananas that I haven’t even touched. A few of them felt borderline overripe, so I decided to whip something up before they all go to mush. Inspired by my pantry stocked with plenty of oats (4 lbs!) and a jar of Peanut Butter & Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter, I decided to try making a banana-chocolate-peanut butter-peanut-cranberry-oatmeal bar…Fully Loaded Banana Bars for short.
Fully Loaded Banana Bars
- 3 small bananas (soft enough to mash with a fork)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
- 2 tbsp dried cranberries
- 3 tbsp peanuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or grease with cooking spray to prevent sticking. In a large bowl, mash together the bananas and apple sauce until somewhat smooth (a few lumps are okay!). Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, salt, and baking soda; mix well. Next, add the whole wheat flour and old fashioned oats, stir to combine. Add the peanut butter and mix well, then add the dried cranberries and peanuts. Pour mixture into baking dish and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Let cool. Makes 12 bars.
Fully Loaded Banana Bars: Tara Tested, Tara Approved! These bars were so easy to throw together and are extremely tasty. They are very soft and moist – the perfect hybrid between banana bread and granola bars! I love the surprise crunch from the peanuts and the subtle chocolate peanut butter flavor in every bite! The possibilities for altering this recipe and playing with different combinations of mix-ins is endless: walnuts, diced apples, & cinnamon OR almonds, white chocolate, & dried cherries, I could go on and on. Enjoy these bars for breakfast, a midday snack, or even dessert! Banana Bar a la mode anyone?!
Nutrition Information: 1 bar – Calories: 128 kcal Total fat: 3.3 g Saturated fat: 0.6 Sodium: 168 mg Carbohydrate: 23 g Dietary fiber: 2.7 g Sugar: 6.1 g Protein: 3.4