These are soft, simple, but delicious, bars made with yummy ingredients. They're always a big hit when I make them for my friends and bring them to school.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 9x9-inch pan
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan.

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  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the peanut butter, brown sugar, and butter with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, then the banana. Stir in the oats, flour, wheat germ, and baking soda until completely combined. Spread in prepared baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until set and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan on wire rack before cutting into bars.

Cook's Notes

If you are not a banana fan, substitute 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce for the banana.

When I don't have wheat germ, I use 2 tablespoons flax seed meal.

Nutrition Facts

102 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 12g 4% DV; fat 5.2g 8% DV; cholesterol 16.4mg 6% DV; sodium 63.2mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2011
simple, cheap, healthy, tasty! i soaked the oats for a couple hours in warm water beforehand, because the first time i made this, the oats were still somewhat dry/uncooked. i also added some dried berries i had in the pantry (raisins, blueberries, cranberries) they really made a difference. without the dried fruit, i'd imagine this to be a bit bland. also replaced the butter with applesauce. much more moist. and i didn't have wheat germ so i left that out. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/23/2012
I give this three stars because I thought it would be more like a 'bar' less like a banana 'cake' or 'bread' type texture. The taste is powerfully banana and peanutbuttery mine doesn't look anything like the 4th photo but more like the 1st and 2nd. I have one daughter who loves this my other daughter husband and I think it's "just ok". Not good or bad but not something I think we'd eat the whole pan without the help of my other daughter. 50/50. Oh and I made it exactly as recipe states. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2011
simple, cheap, healthy, tasty! i soaked the oats for a couple hours in warm water beforehand, because the first time i made this, the oats were still somewhat dry/uncooked. i also added some dried berries i had in the pantry (raisins, blueberries, cranberries) they really made a difference. without the dried fruit, i'd imagine this to be a bit bland. also replaced the butter with applesauce. much more moist. and i didn't have wheat germ so i left that out. Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2010
I made these, but used applesauce (one of the cups that you can buy for lunches which was almost 1/2 cup) everything else was as stated on the recipe. Wonderful Bars. They smelled good while baking. I ate 2 while still warm and put the others away for the next day. They were even better the next day than the first day. Next time I think I will add either some sliced Almonds or some raisins. This recipe is a KEEPER! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2010
I took others advice and added raisins. This made ALL the difference! It is a very plain breakfast bar, and needs a little something. I will use this recipe again because it was so easy and quick. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2010
Really good easy recipe but not a whole lot of flavor. On the second batch I made I toasted the rolled oats in the oven for about five minutes and added walnuts and a little nutmeg. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2011
Love this! I was looking for something lower in sugar and full of nutrients and this fits the bill and is SOO tasty and moist. I like to make them as muffins because it's the perfect serving size (these freeze great and take seconds to thaw - an no-fuss healthy snack!) I did make the following adjustments: 1 tsp. vanilla whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon flax seeds. Makes approx 9-10 muffins. Bake for 15 minutes in a greased non-stick muffin tin. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2011
These turned out better than I expected! Like a hybrid of banana bread, peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies. I used a heaping 1/3c. peanut butter; crunchy-style gave it nice texture. I also added 1Tbl. honey and used whole wheat flour instead of white. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2010
I made them exactly to recipe and I think they're great. Also they were very easy to prepare. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2012
I was pleasantly surprised by these. They had a great flavor. My complaint was that they didn't keep very well at all. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2010
pretty good although the kids didn't go for it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/23/2012
I give this three stars because I thought it would be more like a 'bar' less like a banana 'cake' or 'bread' type texture. The taste is powerfully banana and peanutbuttery mine doesn't look anything like the 4th photo but more like the 1st and 2nd. I have one daughter who loves this my other daughter husband and I think it's "just ok". Not good or bad but not something I think we'd eat the whole pan without the help of my other daughter. 50/50. Oh and I made it exactly as recipe states. Read More
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