I can’t believe that I’ve never thought about making my own muesli bars! Thanks to Kristen for sharing her Peanut Butter and Banana Energy Bar recipe.
I hope you’ll try making them.
Peanut Butter and Banana Energy Bars
Hi again everyone! Phew, I’ve had a very busy week and been pretty low on any cooking inspiration. To be quite honest this week was an awful lot of dinners from the freezer and some naughty takeaways. Finally today I got up at least a little motivation to mix up something healthy from scratch so I made these light and chewy energy bars.
This recipe developed through trial and error in experimenting with making snacks for our toddler that weren’t too messy, could be kept for at least a couple of days, and were easily transportable and good for eating on the go. I used to (and sometimes still do) buy the ready-made muesli and cereal bars from the shops for our daughter. I always felt just a bit guilty though as I knew they were packed full of preservatives and often added unnecessary sugar. Not to mention they are expensive! These are a great alternative that are exceptionally quick to whip up, are very tasty, and are nearly as easy to carry around with you. They’re easy enough to make that you can get kids involved in making them as well.
While these started out as a snack for our daughter, we soon realised that actually we quite enjoyed them as well. They are definitely great for toddlers but I do recommend making some extras for yourselves! These are excellent to bring tramping or as snacks on long car rides and give a good hit of energy. They will keep for several days in a sealed container.
Time to prepare:
10 minutes hands-on time, 25 minutes to bake
- 1 ½ large bananas
- 1 ½ tbsp peanut butter
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds (also called linseed)
- 5 diced dates
Preheat the oven to 200C degrees.
Use a fork to mash the banana in a bowl until it is smooth with as few chunks as you can manage. Mix in the dates, oats, flaxseed, and peanut butter and stir thoroughly until it is the texture of a thick paste. Add a few more oats if the mixture feels a bit too liquid-y.
Mix the ingredients into a thick paste
Form the mixture into bars
Use your hands to separate the mixture into six roughly equal portions. Place each portion in a blob on a greased pan or baking tray and gently form each blob into a bar shape. Bake for roughly 25 minutes, until the bars are firm. Pump up the heat a bit at the end to 220C degrees to get a crispy touch to the top.
- Substitute or add any other dried fruit instead of or with the dates. Good options are raisins, diced dried apricots, or small pieces of dried apple.
- Add in chocolate chips for a bit of decadence!
- Experiment with shapes other than bars – I have used cookie cutters before to make fun shapes. Just put the cookie cutter on the pan and fill with the mixture, pressing the mixture into all the corners then remove the cookie cutter and the shape should hold.
- Substitute peanut butter for almond or other nut butter.
- If you have a nut allergy you can omit the peanut butter altogether. If you still want that extra bit of moisture try adding just a touch of maple syrup or honey instead.