After being inspired and trying out a couple of recipes from The Big Man's World amazingness, I combined a few and created this...
Easy, delicious, quick, and only a handful of ingredients make them the best!
(The Big Man's World has many more on his site, so be sure to check it out.)
I originally wanted them for a healthy dessert without a lot of sweet and have soon discovered they are great anytime. They make a wonderful breakfast bar, snack or dessert (warmed and with a little whipped cream on top).
Take your pick and enjoy!
(Notice, I prefer organic as much as possible, but to each his own.)
2 cups of mashed bananas, very ripe (apprx 3-4 Large, 4-5 med)
1 cup creamy organic peanut butter (although you could probably use your fave nut butter)
4 cups of organic ROLLED oats (not quick, not steel cut, but rolled)
¼ cup of organic pure maple syrup
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries
can double raisins or double cranberries instead of splitting if desired.
1 Tb ground ceylon cinnamon
Optional: ½ cup organic cacao/chocolate chunks/chips
Preheat oven to 350º
Prepare 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray
Mash bananas and put in large mixing bowl
Add peanut butter, maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir well.
Add rolled oats and mix together making sure to completely mix in all oats
Add the raisins (optional choco) and mix until evenly distributed
The batter will be very thick. Add to the prepared dish and use the back of a spoon to spread evenly.
Bake for 20 mintues. Check to make sure top is lightly golden. If not, add another 5 minutes being careful not to overbake.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. About an hour.
Remove from pan using parchment paper to lift and cut into squares or bars. I've found that a large pizza slicer works great.