Answer Me This:
Is there any better combination than peanut butter, banana and chocolate?….. the correct answer? Hell no! That’s why I have created these Banana Oat Cake bars which just happen to contain….. bananas, oats and peanut butter….!
Let me tell you, peanut butter, banana and chocolate is the cure for everything! I’ve just decided since I was in the shittiest mood until I made these little beauties. As soon as I took a bite I found myself dancing around my living room singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeeaaarrr”. It’s not Christmas. It’s June.
Guilt Free Comfort Food
If you’re anything like me, when you’re in a crappy mood, you want comfort food and even better – guilt free comfort food.
Now of course with this recipe there is sugar, it can’t be avoided. But with only a few tablespoons of honey, some peanut butter and chocolate chips divided between 9 scrumptious squares (more if you cut them smaller) it’s about as guilt free as I’m willing to go on a day like today!
Plus they’re a great snack for kids. I can confirm they are 100% toddler approved since I was out cutting the grass after I made them and I came in to find Aiden had pushed his table over to the kitchen worktops so he could climb up and reach them from on top of the microwave…. so much for hiding them well mum!
Please see the printable recipe below.
The add ins I used this time were apricots, dates, walnuts and chia seeds but these are completely optional. I have also used blueberries, raisins and of course milk and dark chocolate 😉
They are really versatile so try mixing it up with different ingredients as long as you use the banana, honey, peanut butter and oats.
Let me know how you get on and please post photos in the comments 🙂
For more recipes like this please check out my Food & Drink section.
- 2 mashed ripe bananas (make sure they're ripe!)
- 2-3 table spoons of honey
- ½ cup peanut butter (low sugar to keep the overall sugar content down)
- 2 cups oats (I used wholegrain)
- Handful (approx ⅓ cup) chopped walnuts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup dried chopped apricots (optional)
- ¼ dried chopped dates (optional)
- 50g white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 180oC and line a square oven proof dish with greaseproof paper
- In a large mixing bowl mash up the bananas then add in the honey and peanut butter and mix well
- In a food processor blend the oats, walnuts and chia seeds
- Add the chopped apricots and dates and blend again (don't worry if there are still small chunks of the dried fruit)
- Pour the dried mixture from the food processor into the banana mix and stir well to make sure completely combined
- Add the chocolate chips
- Spoon the mixture into the dish making sure to spread evenly and into the corners
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden
- Allow to cool and cut into squares
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