Peanut Butter-Banana Oatmeal Bars

YUM!

A picture of what the puffed rice looks like…




Need a healthier snack option? Try these PB/Banana Oatmeal Bars. They are yummy and slimmed down as much as possible. I froze most of these bars (since I am the only one in the house that will eat a “healthy” dessert. I enjoyed a piece for breakfast this morning with my pumpkin spice coffee!


Peanut Butter-Banana Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients:

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 dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-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


***I posted a picture of an example bag of puffed rice. I usually find it in the gluten-free, health section, or by the big bags of cereal in Walmart. Rice Krispies would probably taste just great in this recipe!
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