Peanut Butter and Banana Oat Bars

My newly 5-year-old nephew is absolutely obsessed with making experiments. Usually the experiments leave the kitchen in covered in powders and painted with food coloring. I love how inventive he is and his desire to create something of his own. So, I decided he would be the absolute perfect sous chef to start creating things alongside of me. What’s better than an experiment you can eat at the end??

You will notice that this recipe does not call for any eggs. That is so I can make sure the little hands helping me can have full reign over licking the spoons and bowls clean! (I mean that is the best part of any baking!)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of oats
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of plain applesauce
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter

 

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, mix together your oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt. Then add in your vanilla extract, milk, and applesauce. Stir with spoon until the ingredients are combined.

Then you can begin mashing your banana. ***Do not skip this opportunity to have a little fun with kids or for yourself. I like to put my peeled banana into a ziplock and start squishing it together with your hands. It feels awesomely gross and is such a fun way to get your kids involved. Or if you need to release some aggression, let it go on the banana!

When the banana is mashed, combine it into the bowl. Add in your peanut butter and give this mixture another good stir. When all of the ingredients are evenly mixed, you can pour it into a 8x8in pan. Make sure to grease the pan first so that the bars don’t stick.

Place your pan into the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The applesauce will make these bars extremely gooey and hold their moisture. So do not get worried if they seem a little underdone after 25 minutes. However, I do suggest you check on them often because as always, my oven sucks and I needed to add another 10 minutes of cooking time to this.

When they are finished cooking, remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Then slice them into little squares and enjoy!

Oh and because they are so cute and you deserve to see their faces, here are my little sous chefs!

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