Recipe: Peanut butter and banana bars

We absolutely love the combination of peanut butter and banana in our house, often having it on toast for breakfast or as a snack. So it got me thinking of whether I could make a healthy school holiday snack using these ingredients and little else.

I came up with a simple and easy vegan recipe that uses only 3 ingredients (4 if you count the optional chocolate topping). For a first attempt at a new recipe, the results were great. The children have loved them and they’ve proved a great addition to our picnics in this lovely weather we’ve been having! Plus they are very healthy and guilt free with no wheat, dairy or added sugar  – so a perfect ‘treat’.

My recipe makes 10 bars and uses a 20cm x 20cm baking pan. You can easily double the ingredients if you wish to make a bigger batch. You can also freeze these and remove as you need – if you remove from the freezer in the morning it will have thawed by lunchtime whilst keeping your lunchbox chilled!

Ingredients:

  • 200g oats
  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 75g peanut butter (I used crunchy for added texture)
  • 15g dark chocolate (optional)

Method:

Makes 10 bars

  • Put all the ingredients in a bowl together and mix until combined and you have a wet dough like consistency – you can use a food processor if you want this to be even quicker.
  • Gently tip in to a 20cm x 20cm tin lined with greaseproof paper and lightly press and even out using the back of a spoon.
  • Place in an oven preheated to 170C and bake for 15-18 minutes, until it just begins to brown around the edges.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once cool, using a sharp knife, cut into 10 evenly sized bars.
  • Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the bars in a zig zag fashion. If you want to be precise you can use a piping bag.
  • Leave to set and store in an airtight container – they won’t last long!

Enjoy!

Thedancingbaker x

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