Skinny Peanut Butter-Banana Oatmeal Bars








Skinny Peanut Butter-Banana Oatmeal Bars


1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup puffed wheat or rice
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup finely mashed banana
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil; grease foil.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, oats, puffed wheat and almonds until combined.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together banana, brown sugar, honey, peanut butter and egg whites until combined; whisk dry ingredients into wet, until combined.

Spread batter evenly into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Remove pan from oven and cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack before slicing.

Makes 12 bars

73 comments:

  1. Mmmm...these look good! Anything with Skinny in the name, I'll try :)

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  2. Your bars looks so healthy and delicious! A great way to enjoy oatmeal and chocolate :)

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  3. You have a hit here! All my favorite ingredients in one bar :)

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  4. Who would have "thunk" there would be people who wanted to eat the raw canned cinnamon dough...now the rtolled cookie batter that's another matter:d Thanks for this healthy sweet, I am trying to see my feet again:D

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  5. LOL I can't believe someone found your blog that way.. Its too funny! These bars sound great :-D Have a good day!

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  6. That's too funny. It's crazy how people turn up on our sites.

    Peanut Butter and Bananas? Yes please!

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  7. Girl this recipe has my name all over it! YUM!!! And too funny with the google search... so weird!

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  8. OMG seriously, we must be having similar cravings right now. I made something a little similar for my father in law for Fathers Day, promise promise :P! I'm really liking the cereal addition, being the breakfast lover that I am...actually...I could see myself eating these for breakfast. :)

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  9. I don't think I can get into the kitchen fast enough to try these!

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  10. Those look delish! Perfect flavor combo :)

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  11. Ha ha! That's so funny that you show up as 9th on the google search. Lots of people find my blog because I posted about bed bugs once...weird. These oatmeal bars look great. I'm always looking for healthy treats and I can't wait to make them.

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  12. You should definitely put "canned cinnamon roll dough expert" on your resume. That's quite a title. :) And I think we could all use some bikini friendly sweet treats!

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  13. This is the most sinful-looking "Skinny Peanut Butter-Banana Oatmeal Bars",I've ever seen.yummy!

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  14. That is funny about the cinnamon roll googling. People used to find my blog by searching for "Giada boobs". I've blogged less about that since she's been a mother, so folks have to go elsewhere for their Giada cleavage fix.

    Pretty great looking recipe. Peanut butter chips would be good too.

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  15. These will be perfect to take on our upcoming roadtrip. It's so much easier to pack something yummy than to keep making stops.

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  16. oh and PS I got the coupons yesterday!! Isn't it funny how the blogging world makes you feel connected? I am excited to start making things with it and I'll link back to yoiu when I post. THANKS!!

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  17. I get the biggest kick out of your posts. ;)

    I just did your recipe on the Weight Watchers recipe builder, and the bars are only 3 points per serving! They look delicious.

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  18. Emily those bars look awesome! And I'm completely with you on the whole fruit comsuption. I've been buying bags of cherries like it's nobody's business :) But I'm going to have to make these when we get back from vacation.

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  19. Emily, those look so good. Love all those ingredients....

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  20. Haha... isn't it so funny what brings people to a blog? A lot of people end up on my blog searching for "how to make orange julius" and "how to make a chocolate cake".

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  21. i'd eat old canned cinnamon rolls. in a hot second. :)
    i'd also eat these bars, and i'd feel much better about myself afterwards. :)

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  22. That was kinda weird about the canned cinnamon rolls! :)

    Okay are they really that good if they're good me? they certainly look and sounds good!
    ~ingrid

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  23. Those look great. I'm always a bit suspicious of desserts labelled "healthy" but these definitely look like they would taste wonderful.

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  24. It gets scary when I look up what google searches bring people to my blog! These look great!

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  25. That's pretty hilarious about the cinnamon rolls.

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  26. I do love the health factor of these! Nice going Emily!

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  27. YUM ...YUM ...
    Your creation is always scrumptious Emily!

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  28. Okay, totally funny--first, because it is astonishing what pops up on blog stats, especially the search engine stuff!--second, because I'm so impressed you actually attempted to answer that question--and third, because I just made bars almost exactly like this(!). But didn't post them on my blog because they were for my business. I think I might like yours better for my own self, I'm going to try them!

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  29. Those look Awesome! Every recipe of yours that I have tried has turned out perfectly! When I am looking for something new to bake I browse your blog!

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  30. That is TOO funny about the google!!!

    SKINNY pb-banana bars?! I am making these! yum! thanks :)

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  31. These look amazing, I've been searching for a recipe just like this (for the very same reasons). I'm going to try them out this weekend!

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  32. My hubby would love these! They look delicious and are so healthy too! Yum.

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  33. How the heck are you so skinny? You're like a ninja chef, training your mind and body for domination of the cooking channel.
    ::in most wizened voice:: Be like melted ice cream, my friend. Be like melted ice cream and the secrets will be revealed in time.

    Btw, have you tried a cookie dough cheesecake yet? I'm excited to try one. Pure childhood decadence.

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  34. Peanut butter bars look awesome. I just had a similar snack w/dried cherries instead of chocolate last night and they were great (of course, of course, chocolate would be better).

    The search engine thing is hysterical. I have an ongoing list of the most ridiculous ones. I got this one earlier in the week:

    "the artist formerly known as prince and 8 lbs of butter"

    Sure enough I'm #1 on Google for that (I made a Prince joke in a post about homemade Danish)

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  35. Would this work with quick cooking oats?

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  36. Great recipe, Emily! I love healthy bars and this sounds amazing!

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  37. um.. yum!!! i will try to make these, thanks...

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  38. What a great treat. Love that it is good for you too!

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  39. I don't know about even cooking the Tollhouse dough, I saw a news piece saying its all bad news bears (unless he was paid by some rival company?)

    anyway, these look deliciousssss

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  40. I miss my Google search terms ever since I switched to TypePad from Wordpress.

    So funny!

    And in case you hadnt seen it, I moved my blog to:

    http://ingoodtasteblog.net
    Hope you'll visit!

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  41. My question is how did you find out about that? Did a random Cinnamon Roll enthusiast email you? Totally random, but hilarious.

    I love this skinny version. I eat PB and oatmeal (often not together) everyday. These are float trip worthy :)

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  42. This blog is absolutely one of my favorites because you make so many things with my favorite ingredient trio: chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas.

    Delicious <3

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  43. Yum! I LOOVVEE banana anything and just add pb and choc and I'm in! I've been having fun lately making up my own unbaked healthy "granola bars". So good. I'll have to try these.

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  44. It's always interesting to see how people came across your site, plus these bars look amazing!

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  45. Just wanted to say I love your blog - I had lost it there for awhile but I'm back now. I love love it!!!!

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  46. I'm all for skinny treats that look as great as these ones! Love all the ingredients you've used, specially the puffed rice, that's just fun!

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  47. It's crazy the things that leads someone to a blog.

    About the eating of raw cookie dough, it must be a cultural thing but the first time I heard of the eating of raw cookie dough was in the USA.

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  48. Thanks everyone! These are such nice comments. I don't deserve you.

    Sue, lolz. Yes, PB chips would be awesome.

    Tiffany Marie, no, I haven't tried a ccc cheesecake yet. Sounds delicious.

    Lauren, yes, I would say so. You might want to reduce the amount of quick oats though.

    Jolene, welcome! Stop by anytime.

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  49. I am so happy you posted these!
    I was on a search for the perfect breakfast bars!! These look decadent & so delicious!
    lovely, Emily!

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  50. i will SO be making these in the future :D

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  51. You read my mind (intentions and all) ... it's scary! Hey-ho to the bikini ... bring on your Peanut-butter-banana Oatmeal bars :-)

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  52. Oooh, I like it - skinny and delicious. Not sure how the canned cinnamon dough question n Google got someone here though - not a topic that you usuually cover ...

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  53. hahahah yes, eating those doughs raw doesn't sound like a good idea! you need some heat to evaporate some of the crazy chemicals they put in those products!
    These skinny bars look great, an almost-guilt-free indulgence!

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  54. It's so funny the things people google sometimes.
    These look like the perfect after-run snack. I love granola-y type bars (espectially with peanut butter and chocolate chips).

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  55. I'm impressed these are healthy! Look so good! All of the ingredients are perfect, especially the addition of peanut butter :)

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  56. I love the fact that you used whole wheat flour in your bars!
    I have been experimenting with using plain fat free yogurt in recipes as well! It has been working great in baked goods!
    Thanks for sharing the recipes!

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  57. Thanks for the advice!
    Cute post. The bars sound really good too.
    LL

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  58. If they are skinny that means I can have 2 right? :)

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  59. can't think that I've ever had banana and oatmeal - I feel deprived

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  60. haha that's so funny! i bet its totally fine to eat canned cinnamon rolls after the expiration date; they're full of perservatives for that. these bars look really good and healthy!

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  61. I was about to drop what I was up to and make these, right until "puffed cereal", which I do not have. =( I guess a lack of pb-banana oatmeal bars is the ultimate skinny, but my stomach feels sad.

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  62. Oooh! These look really good! I am going to make these fore breakfast. :)

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  63. Great bars...I 'll definitely try this...look so yummie and tasty. Great for on the go breakfast.

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  64. I am loving the skinny aspect...delicious!

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  65. I love mini cookies - I can eat MORE of them at one time :)

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  66. I made these ... as cookies. Excellent!

    http://bylittlehands.typepad.com/by_little_hands/2010/08/peanut-butter-banana-cookies.html

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  67. I made these even SKINNIER, yet still delish by substituting the brown sugar with Splenda (same measurements) and adding 1/4 tsp of fresh ginger instead of ground.
    They were fantastic! We are huge fans of healthy & of PB in my house, so this was the perfect recipe for us!
    Thank you

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  68. Thanks for this recipe! Ive been hunting for a good "skinny" muesli bar recipe to make.

    My question is, how long do you think these can keep for?

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  69. Hi! You're quite welcome. I would say a week, but they're probably best within the first four days.

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  70. These look absolutely amazing! I have some bananas that are going to be super ripe this weekend so I was trying to find a delicious and healthy bar recipe. I think I found it :). I will definitely be documenting the process.

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  71. Made these :) I like that they're healthy and everything, but they're not super. I'd give 3/5

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