If you’re anything like me, you have a bunch of overripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter at the moment. I’m the only one who eats bananas around our home so occasionally I forget about them until they’re a little too brown to be eaten. Therefore, I find I am constantly looking for recipes to use the last of those nobody-wants-to-eat-bananas!
I came across this recipe from The Lean Green Bean and have now made these bars a handful of times! I love it! They are easy and quick to make and they offer a lighter alternative to banana bread. Oh, and they are gluten-free! I have passed this recipe onto many friends who loved it! One friend uses these bars as a replacement for store-bought granola bars in her kids lunches! So it’s kid approved too! My favourite way to enjoy these bars? Fresh from the oven with a little Nutella drizzled on the top, need I say more?
Banana Oat Bars
1 cup mashed bananas (I find I typically use 3 small ripe bananas)
1 + 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
2-4 tbsp maple syrup
1 large egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mash bananas.
- Add in the oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, and egg. Mix until well combined.
- Add in baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. Mix until well combined.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
- Let bars cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Recipe Source: The Lean Green Bean