Banana Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

bananaenergybarsOver time, I have tried to become more and more conscience of the boxed food that I buy and we eat.  As I read the labels on these foods, it is harder and harder for me to feel good about buying them and feeding them to my family.  Don’t get me wrong, I still buy boxed granola bars, gold fish, cheerios etc.  It’s hard to make time to prepare homemade snacks every week and my toddlers go through them like water!  This week, however, I was inspired to make homemade snacks and thus, these Banana Chocolate Chip Energy Bars were born.  The base of this recipe is based on Oh She Glows Banana Bread Protein Bars.  I replaced some of her ingredients with ones that I had on hand and the result was delicious and so easy!

Makes 9 bars

2/3 c old fashioned oats

1/2 c whole wheat flour

1/2 c chopped walnuts

1/4 c shredded unsweetened coconut

3 Tbs chia seeds

3 Tbs semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 ripe bananas mashed

1/2 c peanut butter

1/4 c maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all dry ingredients.bananaenergybars2  In separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. bananaenergybars3 Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper (you will have to press it down into corners and may have to cut off the excess on sides).  Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.  bananaenergybars4Bake for 23-25 minutes until fork comes out clean.

Banana Chocolate Chip Energy Bars
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Recipe type: Snacks/Desserts
Cuisine: Healthy
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Serves: 9
 
These energy bars combine healthy ingredients such as whole wheat flour, peanut butter, walnuts and coconut to make a snack that will keep you full or a dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt!
Ingredients
  • ⅔ c old fashioned oats
  • ½ c whole wheat flour
  • ½ c chopped walnuts
  • ¼ c shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 Tbs chia seeds
  • 3 Tbs semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • ½ c peanut butter
  • ¼ c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients.
  3. In separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.
  4. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  5. Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper (you will have to press it down into corners and may have to cut off the excess on sides).
  6. Pour batter into pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 23-25 minutes until fork comes out clean.

 

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