Kind of Healthy, Definitely Yummy Snack Bars

27 Sep

Yes. Another variation on an oatmeal snack bar. Sure there are already hundreds of recipes in existence for oatmeal bars but this one is different.

Promise.

Why?

Because this stuff is in it…

 

Peanut butter, raisins, peanuts & granola – in 1 jar. Say whaaaa? I know. Sure, I could have spread it on some toast or made a fancy pb&j but where’s the fun in that? I say, let’s grab a jar of this crazy stuff, mash up a banana & bust out the chocolate chips! But if toast is more your speed, that’s cool too.

It’s only fair that I mention that these are somewhat healthy. Not as healthy as say… a carrot. But probably better for you than a brownie.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Snack Bars

1 cup whole wheat flour (or all purpose flour)

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 mashed banana

3/4 cups any flavor Planters Nutrition peanut butter (or regular peanut butter)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk (or almond milk)

1/3 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet, milk chocolate, or mix of both)

1 tbsp flax seeds

 

Directions

Using your hand or stand mixer, cream the peanut butter & sugar together for about 2 minutes or until well incorporated.

Add vanilla & banana. Mix to combine.

Add flour, oats, salt, baking soda & mix to combine. Once everything is incorporated, add milk.

Fold in chocolate chips, flax seeds, or any other mix-ins.

Press into an 8×8 pan & bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until set.

Notes

* I added flax seeds because my daughter loves them. But if you’re not a fan, leave ’em out.

 

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