These 3-ingredient peanut butter banana bars are the perfect healthy after-school snack
I don't know about you, but I always find my children are pretty much ravenous when I collect them from school and creche.
And so when I am there trying to get dinner going, they are almost crawling on the kitchen counters looking for yogurts or apples or toast or whatever they can get their hands on.
However, I recently came across these very yummy sounding bars – perfect for an after-school snack, as they wouldn't fill them us too much and spoil their appetite for dinner, yet filling enough to make them stop wrecking my head for treats.
Even better? They are gluten free, dairy free, no added sugars, so in other words; perfect for quick and easy breakfasts, snack or even packed into your child's lunch box for school.
And as simple as the ingredients are, making these bars is even simpler, mamas. Just mash ripe bananas (the riper they are, the sweeter your bars will be), add oats and natural peanut butter, and mix. You can even just throw it all in a mixer.
(TIP: Double or even triple the recipe, and freeze the leftovers).
- 4 medium ripe bananas
- 2 cups gluten-free (or regular) oats, dry
- 6 tablespoons peanut butter, all-natural
- 1/2 cup – walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup – chocolate chips, dark
- Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a 9x13 inch glass dish. (I just used my fingers to spread unrefined coconut oil all over the bottom and sides and the bars came out beautifully.)
- Mash the bananas and mix together with oats and peanut butter.
- Spread the dough evenly in the prepared dish, then sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cut into bars and enjoy!
Note: Because bananas vary in size, you may need to adjust the amount of oats; the batter should be like a wet cookie dough. Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or freeze them and thaw in the fridge before eating.
(Image and recipe via SuperHealthyKids.com)