4.08.2013

peanut butter banana energy bars


{Note: I hesitated to post these because THE PICTURES ARE HORRIBLE. However, They're some of my favorite energy bars I've ever made and I think if you make them, you'll love them!}

I really super hope you're not sick of all these "energy bars" or "energy bite" concoctions I've been feeding you 3 times a week. 

I mean SERIOUSLY. Can you blame me? What's a girl to do when she can't have gluten {I cheated.}, dairy, or sugar? This is the closest thing I can have to a giant ice cream sundae covered in homemade chocolate fudge sauce, brownies, peanuts, peanut BUTTER {in my Buddy The Elf voice}, and bananas. 

Wait. I might have done that Friday night. Whoops? I'm a bad dieter. 

Anyways, please don't worry. I'm probably just going through a phase or something… But if this sticks, who knows! Maybe I'll have a homemade energy bar business when I grow up! 

Seriously, I'm kinda not even kidding. 


Today, I bring you bananas and peanut butter all wrapped up into a chewy, addicting, bar that can be made in a matter of minutes. 

Yah, yah, I know, I know. 

EVERYTHING in the recent weeks has either contained chocolate, peanut butter, bananas, oats, was no bake, or even BETTER- all of the above. You can't get sick of that? Can you? 

Please assure me the answer is no. 


peanut butter banana energy bars

1 c. chopped dates
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp. honey
2 1/2 c. crispy rice cereal, crushed
1 small banana

In a large bowl, combine the chopped dates, honey, and banana. Add in peanut butter and crushed cereal. Stir until combined. Press into a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper. {My bars didn't take up the entire pan. I just pressed them into a square because I wanted them to be thick.} Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Cut into squares and store wrapped in plastic wrap or in a plastic container.


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9 comments:

  1. These sound wonderful! Gonna go buy some ripe bananas right now and try them,,,,but will double the recipe!!! TY :)

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  2. I don't think ANYONE can get enough of things that are no-bake, and contain peanut butter and chocolate! I've been looking for some good homemade granola bar recipes so I've been loving the last few posts!

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    1. You're feeding the obsession! haha :) Thank you!

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  3. These (and the other energy bars/balls) are such a great idea! I also love the no-bake aspect, especially because I have a tendency to burn things. I blame the stove. Stupid stove.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like 'em :)

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  4. These look and sound great! I love the sweetness of dates and anything with pb. And if you think those pics are bad you clearly haven't been to my blog ;)

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    1. Thank you! Have you ever tried dates with peanut butter shmeared on? It's life changing. :)

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  5. OH...MY...GOD-OF-ALL-THINGS-GOOEY-AND-DELICIOUS!!!!
    My name is Liz and I am based in a little English village...I love to try new recipes (especially if they are sweet and sticky!). So..I had an old tiny banana to use up but it wasn't enough for even a mini batch of mini muffins! I also didn't have enough honey, so topped up with golden syrup, no rice crispy cereal either so I used coco pops, I didn't have enough smooth PB so used a combo of smooth, chunky and choco-PB (lots of empty jars now - who leaves that little amount at the bottom of a jar!?). Oh yeah and no dates here so I used dried figs...so basically swapped pretty much every item in the recipe but frickin' heck are they all kinds of sticky-tasty-ness!?!? THANK YOU...I thought you'd never top your cakes in cups!! I LOVE YOU...marry me?? ;-)

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