Chocolate Chewy Peanut Butter & Banana Oat Bars

It’s funny how stuff so rarely turns out the way you originally think it will.

So darn funny.

Let’s share a light-hearted chuckle.


Like when I stepped into the kitchen and noticed  some nappy lookin bananas chilling on the counter, I thought to myself, “Dang, I should really make something with these dark nappy lookin nanners.”

First thought:  a nutritious granola bar of sorts.

A bar that could make for  nice healthy breakfast to-go, or even an afternoon snack. Something that would slap an approving grin on any soccer mom’s face.


Things didn’t quite go down that way.

I suppose, these Chocolate Chewy Peanut Butter & Banana Oat Bars came close to a happy healthy whole grain treat.

Just with more fat. And sugar. And slightly less whole grain.     And no soccer mom approval.

But they got my mom’s approval.   Which counts for more anyway.

And I’d still totally eat one for breakfast on the go.

Heck, there may have been a morning where I did indeed eat one for breakfast.  Not on the go. More like on the couch.

So it’s not like diverging from my original thoughts on how to implement these bananas into a more appetizing state of being was necessarily a bad move.

I guess on a nutritional level, maybe a slightly less good move.

But, point being… 73% of the time, junk won’t turn out exactly how you picture in that funky brain of yours, so it’s cool to go ahead and let your train of thought switch tracks when plausible.

No doubt, Thinking is super. Thinking thoughts is the core of what makes people so fudging spectacular.

But I think that over-thinking thoughts can be a detriment to a productive thought process. Cause when we’re so enraptured in one thought, we trick ourselves into thinking that this thought is the only way to go. Which stinks, cause thinking thoughts like that cuts off our general life flexibility.  Limiting flexibility limits our ability to stretch. To grow. To reach a reality that’s even better than the primary mentality.

I mean, granola bars are good and all, but I think these bars turned out pretty stellar.

And I think that as grand as thinking is, sometimes…

People should think less. And feel more.

Just a thought.

Peanut Butter & Banana Oat Chocolate Chewy Bars

  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  •  1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cute granulated sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 & 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag mini semisweet chocolate chips
Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and preheat oven to 350 F.
Cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add in the banana, then the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Beat in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk all remaining ingredients except for the chocolate. Add to the peanut butter and banana mixture in increments. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread the mixture into your greased pan.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden brown and the center tests done. Allow to cool completely in pan on a cooling rack. Cut into bars and devour.

One thought on “Chocolate Chewy Peanut Butter & Banana Oat Bars

  1. I’ve had them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacktime; they are always awesome especially since I didn’t even have to make them myself. Thanks Darcy.

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