Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal Banana Bars

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No Bake Oatmeal Bars is a hearty breakfast or snack full of good ingredients for you. Made with a combination of oatmeal, flaxseed, chia, coconut, peanut butter, and banana, these bars come together in minutes without baking.

Last week was crazier than normal for us (if that's possible with everything going on) and I couldn't have been happier if we didn't have these unbaked oatmeal bars in the fridge at times when we were all starving . There was no time to cook, although it seems like we should have all the time. Having this close at hand avoided more than one collapse and kept everyone fueled.

Now when it comes to these bars, there's almost nothing I like more than the combination of peanut butter, banana and chocolate. When I was a kid, I loved eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches and still make peanut butter banana toast quite regularly as an adult. The only difference is that now I usually add a healthy dose of flaxseed and chia seeds to make things a little bit healthier.

These non-baked oatmeal bars really couldn't be easier to make and I love the fact that they're not baked, making it easy for kids to get involved. It all starts with a delicious combination of mashed bananas, peanut butter, maple syrup (the real kind!), And cinnamon. You can swap out any nut butter you want, or use reduced-fat peanut butter to cut calories. Then rolled oats, flaxseed meal, grated coconut, and chia seeds are added to this mix, creating a nutrient-rich blend of fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

And since chocolate makes everything taste better, I also included some of that. You can use any type of chocolate you want, although I recommend pieces of dark chocolate since the bitterness of dark chocolate is very good with sweet banana. Finally, it all takes a trip to the fridge, where the bars reaffirm and all the flavors combine.

Now when it comes to these bars, there's almost nothing I like more than the combination of peanut butter, banana and chocolate. When I was a kid, I loved eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches and still make peanut butter banana toast quite often as an adult. The only difference is that now I usually add a healthy dose of flaxseed and chia seeds to make things a little bit healthier. Also, I sprinkle some chocolate on it because it's too hard to resist. I do the same to my oatmeal many mornings and those inspired these easy to bake oatmeal bars without peanut butter.

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They really couldn't be easier to do and with the current heat wave in Los Angeles, I love the fact that I don't have to turn on the oven. It all starts with a delicious combination of mashed bananas, peanut butter, maple syrup (the real kind!) And cinnamon.

You can swap out any nut butter you want, or use reduced-fat peanut butter to cut calories. Then rolled oats, flaxseed meal, grated coconut, and chia seeds are added to this mix, creating a nutrient-rich blend of fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

Since chocolate makes everything taste better, I also included some of that. You can use any type of chocolate you want, although I recommend pieces of dark chocolate since the bitterness of dark chocolate is very good with sweet banana. Finally, it all takes a trip to the fridge, where the bars reaffirm and all the flavors combine.

Tips for making these oat bars without baking

  • Any type of nut butter can be used to make these bars. Almond butter or cashew butter are delicious and for a low calorie option, you can use low fat peanut butter.
  • If you need these bars to be gluten-free, be sure to choose gluten-free oatmeal, as some contain small amounts of gluten,
  • If you want to add more crisp, add some chopped nuts to the mix as well. Almonds, walnuts, cashews, and walnuts are a job and add a delicious crunch to the bars.
  • The texture of these bars is like a smooth granola bar. Since they have fresh banana, be sure to store it in the refrigerator after you prepare it.
  • These are a great home-made option instead of a packaged energy bar or granola bar. Not only are they packed with good ingredients for you, but they also contain no preservatives or extraneous ingredients. You can always add a little protein powder too if you want to increase the protein content of the bars.

How to store oat bars

  • Cut the bars into individual portions and store them in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container.
  • These bars can also be frozen and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Freeze in individual portions and wrap them in parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Looking for healthier oatmeal bars?

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
  • Healthy oatmeal and strawberry bars
  • Roasted Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
  • Banana Oatmeal Bars with Peanut Butter
  • Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars with Dates

These are some of the products and tools that I used when cooking these oat bars.

  • Maple Syrup: It is important to use real maple syrup when making this recipe. Not only is it better for you, it also tastes sweeter with more maple and will ensure that you don't need any additional sweeteners. I usually buy mine at Costco, but this is a great option too.
  • Chia Seeds – I usually find the best chia seed deals in bulk containers at the grocery store or online. Generally, if you can find them for less than $ 5 / pound, it's a good deal. Plus, they last forever.
  • Flaxseed flour: for this recipe I used golden flaxseed flour since that is what I had on hand at home. Golden flaxseed tends to be slightly sweeter and more nutty in flavor, which makes it better for bars and cooking in my opinion. However, normal golden or darker flaxseed will work.

Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal Banana Bars

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes COOKING TIME: 3 hours TOTAL TIME: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 U bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups rolled oats (GF if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup of linseed flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (any type or pieces)

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Instructions

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Mix the mashed bananas, peanut butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon until well combined.

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Add the oats, flaxseed meal, coconut, and chia seeds. Mix until well combined. Fold the chocolate chips.

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Press into an 8 X 8 baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

4

Cut into squares. Store in the fridge.

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