- 2large bananas mashed
- 1/2 C peanut butter
- 1/4 C brown sugar
- 1/4 C unsweetend Apple sauce
- 1/2 C milk ( you can also use almond,soy or cocunut milk)
- 2 1/2 C old fasioned Oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 C Chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper with enough overhang on the sides to easily remove the bars from the pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer, mash the bananas. On medium speed, beat or whisk in the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Batter will be a little thick, but still pourable.
- Pour/spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 25-28 minutes or until the center is set (it will still look relatively soft!).
- Remove from the oven and cool in the pan at room temperature for 30-60 minutes. After that, place the pan in the refrigerator for 1 hour until chilled. The bars are difficult to cut if they haven’t been chilled.
- Remove bars from the pan using the overhang on the sides then cut into bars. Sometimes I drizzle melted peanut butter over each, but that’s optional. (Note: the parchment paper is always a little moist from soaking up some moisture from the bars.)
- Cover leftover bars tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days
2 thoughts on “Banana and Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate Chips”
What can I replace applesauce with? I cannot eat apples or anything made with them. Thank you! I would love to make this.
If not apple you can substitute any other fruit puree. Also lots of baking recipes use apple sauce instead of adding oils to recipes.