Banana Peanut Butter Oat Bars are made with just 6 ingredients for a healthy, simple snack. Rich in fiber and protein, these homemade granola bars will keep you full and fueled.
Why You’ll Love These Homemade Granola Bars:
Wholesome, nutritious and easily adaptable using your favorite mix-ins. These bars my go-to for healthy, homemade snacks.
Here are all the times these bars come in clutch:
- When that 3 o’clock crash hits and you just need a little something to tide you over.
- For breakfast-on-the-go when you need more sustenance than just a piece of fruit.
- For dessert when you’re craving something sweet but trying to avoid a sugar crash.
Basically, any time the snack craving strikes, these bars will have your back. They’re chewy, nutty and subtly sweet. (Think baked oatmeal mixed with a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.)
Banana Peanut Butter Oat Bar Ingredients:
Many of the ingredients in these bars can be modified based on your preferences/allergies. Here’s what you need:
- Bananas: Two ripe bananas add natural sweetness and moisture to these bars. If you’re not a fan of banana, use 2/3 up of pumpkin puree instead.
- Old fashioned rolled oats: Use a certified gluten-free brand, such as Bob’s Red Mill, if you need to make these bars 100% gluten free.
- Peanut butter: Feel free to use almond butter or cashew butter instead. Or, alternatively, if you have a nut allergy, use sunflower seed butter.
- Maple syrup: Any kind of liquid sweetener will do the job, such as honey, agave, or brown rice syrup. However I love the richness of maple syrup, especially paired with nut butter.
- Chocolate chips: Totally optional, however a little bit of chocolate makes these bars feel indulgent. Alternatively, feel free to use dried fruit or chopped nuts.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil adds moisture and chewy goodness to these bars.
I also like adding a couple scoops of collagen for a protein boost. You can choose to leave this out, or add ~20g of your go-to protein powder. Additionally, chopped walnuts are always a win for even more heart-healthy, satiating fats.
These homemade granola bars only take 10 minutes to make, and ~20 minutes to bake. Here’s how to make them:
Step 1: Mash the Banana
Add the two bananas to a large, wide-rimmed bowl. Use a fork to throughly mash each banana until they look pureed.
Step 2: Stir in the Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, and Coconut Oil
Next, stir in the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix the ingredients until well-combined.
Step 3: Stir in the Oats and Protein
Stir in the oats, protein powder/collagen (if using), and salt. Next, add the chocolate chips and walnuts, if using, and stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to an 8×8 baking pan lined with parchment paper, and top with some additional chocolate chips.
Step 4: Bake the Oat Bars
Bake the bars at 350 degrees F for 22 to 24 minutes, or until the mixture appears to be set. Next, remove them from the oven and let cool completely, which may take about 1 hour. Once cool, slice into 10 bars and enjoy!
FAQs About This Recipe:
Can I Make These Oat Bars Vegan?
These oat bars are naturally vegan without the chocolate chips. In lieu, you can use cacao nibs, dried fruit, or extra chopped nuts. I personally love raisins (oatmeal raisin cookie bars FTW!), walnuts, or macadamia nuts.
How to Store Oat Bars:
Once the bars completely cool, slice them into pieces and place in an airtight Tupperware container. You can store the bars in the refrigerator or at room temperature, if you prefer. I personally love them both ways, however they do tend to dry out more in the fridge.
Either way, they will last 4 to 5 days if properly stored.
Can you Freeze Oat Bars?
Yes, you can freeze this banana peanut butter oat bars. Here’s how:
- First, let the oat bars cool to room temperature.
- Next, slice them into individual squares, and wrap each square in plastic wrap.
- Place the bars in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- To reheat: remove the plastic wrap and warm on a microwave-safe plate for 30-60 seconds.
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Banana Peanut Butter Oat Bars
- Mixing bowl
- 8x8" baking dish
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract optional
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 scoops collagen protein (~20g) (sub protein powder of choice)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (sub cacao nibs or dried fruit if making vegan)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts optional
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8x8" baking dish with parchment paper.
- Place bananas in a mixing bowl and use a fork to throughly mash. Once pureed, stir in peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla.
- Add rolled oats, collagen or protein powder, chocolate chips, walnuts (if using), and salt; stir to combine.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and transfer to the oven. Bake for 22 to 24 minutes, or until set. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and let cool completely before slicing into.
- Once cooled, slice into 10 bars. (I also like sprinkling some flaky salt overtop, however this is totally optional!)