If you know me, you’ll know I’m not a morning person. So my breakfast has to be ready in 5 minutes or less, which is why breakfast usually consists of smoothies, toast and peanut butter, and/or oatmeal. But if I plan in advance, I prepare a large batch of breakfast bars, muffins, or energy balls to eat as snacks or breakfast! This recipe is really easy and quick to make. You can also lay around with the peanut butter-chocolate drizzle to make it richer in peanut butter or chocolate. 

BANANA-OAT BREAKFAST BARS

Servings: 12 bars            Prep: 15 minutes          Cook: 20 minutes

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats

Chocolate-peanut butter coating:

  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter, optional

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 9×9” pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mash bananas with a fork in a large bowl. Mix in oil and brown sugar with a spatula. Add egg, vanilla, and salt, and stir until combined. Stir in baking soda. Add flour and oats and stir until mixed, some lumps will remain. Pour into pan.
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes until browned around the edges. Cut into 12 bars when cooled.
  4. Chocolate coating: melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave (heat in 30 second increments and stir each time). Spread over bars.

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