These banana peanut butter chewy granola bars check off all the flavor boxes for me: bananas, peanut butter, dark chocolate, and a hit of cinnamon. I love this delicious, healthy snack and I know you and your loved ones will too. These are especially fun to bake with the kids and stash in their lunch box!
I’ve tried several versions of these bars and toasting the oats before the final bake adds a wonderful nutty flavor and helps par-cook the oats to create a more chewy bar. I also added an egg and peanuts to increase the protein content and dark chocolate chunks to increase the yum factor!
These bars will take about 30 minutes to put together and they’re really easy to bake with the whole family. You can feel good about giving your family a homemade snack that doesn’t contain corn syrup, loads of sugar, artificial flavors, and preservatives. I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!Print
banana peanut butter breakfast bars
- 1 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats (not instant or steel cut oats)
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter (unsalted)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp dry roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate (chopped into chunks)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spread uncooked oats onto an un-greased baking sheet. Toast the oats for 20-30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes to shake the pan and make sure the oats are not burning.
- Line an 8X8 square pan with parchment paper, set aside.
- While the oats are toasting, mash the bananas in a large bowl with a fork until completely smooth. Add the peanut butter, cinnamon, salt, egg, and brown sugar. Mix until fully combined.
- Fold in the toasted oats, the dark chocolate chunks, and the peanuts.
- Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake on the middle rack for 30-35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway between cooking. The bars are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan. Cut into 12 bars.