These bars are a great to have on hand for snacks or breakfast on the go. With ingredients like oats, bananas and peanut butter you (and your kids) will feel satisfied and fueled for whatever you have on your agenda.
This recipe does not list any added sweetener. If your kids (or you) prefer a sweeter bar you can add one tablespoon of pure maple syrup or honey. Very ripe bananas tend to be super sweet so we find these to be just right for our tastes.
Peanut Butter, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
3 very ripe banana, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp natural peanut butter (I prefer brands with peanuts as the ONLY ingredient)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I prefer semi-sweet)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 8×8 baking dish. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spread in prepared dish making as even as possible, smooth the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges just start to brown and middle is set but looks wet/undercooked. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.