Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars

For anyone with overly ripe bananas at home, I hope you’ll give these peanut butter banana oat bars a try. The recipe I came up with over the weekend is very easy to make, and I’ve been loving these soft and chewy treats for pre-workout fuel this week!

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars

Makes around a dozen bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats (use gluten free if necessary)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 large mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsalted creamy peanut butter

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon.
  4. In a separate bowl, mash the two bananas. Add in the vanilla extract, milk, maple syrup, and eggs. Stir, and then add in the peanut butter.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir until combined.
  6. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper, and then pour the mixture into the pan.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown and bars have set.
  8. Cool, cut into bars, and enjoy!

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars

I like that these bars are soft and chewy because they resemble granola bars that you can buy at the grocery store, minus all the refined sugar and processed chemicals. Whenever I buy granola bars at the store, I lean toward peanut butter flavored ones, so these are a great replacement. They stay well in an airtight container and are the perfect nutritious grab and go snack for anyone on the run. Also, since they don’t have a lot of sugar in them, I don’t want to eat the whole batch in one sitting. Bonus!

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars

Hope you love them! If you make them, post a pic to social media because 1) I wanna see, and 2) I’m starting a “You Made It, You Did It” blog series to feature F&F readers who make my recipes and do my workouts. Unless you email me or post a pic, I won’t know!

Readers, let’s chat! What flavor granola bars do you like? What do you eat for pre-workout fuel? 

This post is an updated version of a recipe I posted back in 2012. The content, recipe ingredients, and pictures have all been redone to be more reflective of my current stance on what healthy eating means for me. 

Life Lately: January and February 2015

People weren’t lying when they told me that time flies when planning a wedding.

We are now less than six months out from our wedding day in September. It’s kind of crazy. We had our six month planning meeting at our venue a couple of weeks ago. We finalized our food selections, reviewed the timeline of the day/events, and went over what details are already booked and taken care of (church, hotel, DJ, photographer, cake) and what we still have left to figure out (florist, videographer). Our save the dates are pretty much complete, but there is still so much to do! My bridesmaid Shannon is underway with making all the bridesmaid dresses, and my gown alterations will be next. I guess I should start thinking about shoes, hair, jewelry and all that? Married readers, any advice for this stage in the process?

Either way, here are some scenes from wedding planning over the past few months!

Registering at Crate and Barrel:

Registering at Crate and Barrel

Fun welcome package from our photographer, Garone Photography:

Garone Photography

Fabric shopping with Shannon:

Bridesmaids Fabric

Food tasting night:

Zorvino Food Tasting

Cake tasting with Chickadee Hill Cakes:

Chickadee Hill Cakes Cake Tasting

Aside from wedding planning, we’ve just been trying to get through the crazy Boston winter. Last week was the first day of spring, but it actually snowed again on Friday and Saturday, so it doesn’t feel very much like spring yet. Despite how cold and brutal it’s been, we have been able to have some fun snowy adventures!

Boston Winter 2015

Blizzard of 2015: Juno

Blizzard of 2015: Juno

In January we headed north one weekend to celebrate my friend Erica’s 30th birthday. We rented a house in Waterville Valley, spent some cozy nights in catching up and drinking wine, and we went out to dinner one night too. I can’t remember the last time I laughed as hard as I did during that dinner and remember feeling so grateful in the moment with my best friends. There was one day that I hung out at the house while everyone else went skiing (I met them at the bar afterward), and the next day we all went on a winter walk. It was all so fun!

Waterville Valley Ski Trip

Waterville Valley Ski Trip 2

Waterville Valley Ski Trip 3

Waterville Valley Ski Trip 4

Another fun snowy adventure we had was on Valentine’s Day. After stopping by a winter farmers market, we went snowshoeing at the Weston ski track. I had never been before, and I really enjoyed it.

Valentine's Day Snowshoe

Valentine's Day Snowshoe

The rest of Valentine’s Day was really snowy, but it didn’t stop us from heading out like a lot of the other storms did. We had dinner reservations at The Farmhouse, a farm to table restaurant we’ve been wanting to try for a long time. The ambiance was great, our food was awesome, and since it was close to my friend Dawn’s house, we stopped by for a drink first.

Valentine's Day 2015

Farmhouse

We stayed inside during many of the other storms, and on most Friday nights too. There were many pizza and wine nights here!

Pizza and Wine

Here are some other things we’ve been up to besides Valentine’s Day and snow adventures:

January

–I got invited to attended a Flywheel class on behalf of Marshalls. It was fun to head downtown in my new #fabfound Marshalls picks, and I got to catch up with blog friends Caroline and Nicole.

Flywheel + Marshalls Event

–My friend Tim from Germany was back in the United States, so I was able to see him a couple of times. Tim was an exchange student at my high school, and my group of friends from home remained in touch.

Me and Tim the German

–Two of my childhood friends also turned 30. Allison’s parents threw her a surprise party one weekend, and a bunch of us met up at Brass Union in Somerville the following weekend for Matt. Lots of 30th birthdays in January!

Allison's 30th Birthday Party

Matt's 30th Birthday

–There was a gym friends get together at Liz’s one Friday night too. I only took pictures of the food, but Steph was able to snag a few of friends!

Gym Friends at Liz's

–And finally, we wrapped up January with our party for the bridal party, which of course was a ton of fun.

Party for the Party: Bridesmaids and Tim

Party for the Party: Game

February 

–We kicked off February with some Super Bowl fun at Slesh’s the day after our party for the party.

Super Bowl 2015

–The next weekend was the buff babes bachelorette.

Buff Babes Bachelorette: The Club by George Forman III

–We had my parents over for a pizza night one Friday, and the following night Slesh and I went out for a girl’s night. We grabbed food at Five Horses Tavern in Somerville and then went dancing at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge. Wow did that make us feel old!

Five Horses Tavern

–I met up with blog friends again for a fun class at Barry’s Bootcamp.

Barry's Bootcamp

–Finally, Tim and I went to a beer and cheese festival (his Christmas present from me). We stayed out afterward and went to Stoddards for more drinks and Cambridge1 for pizza. That day was super fun, and I discovered a new favorite beer, the Minx Saison from High Horse Brewing.

Beer and Cheese Festival

I have more updates from March, but I think I’ll save those for my next Life Lately post since this one’s getting a little long. Hopefully by the next time I write, the weather will be warmer and spring will be underway!

Readers, let’s chat! What’s kept you busy and occupied during the winter of 2015? Did you spend a lot of time in, or did you still manage to get out a good amount? What’s memorable from January or February? What are you looking forward to in the next couple of months? 

Hope your weeks are off to a good start!

F&F Friday Favorites: 03.20.15

Morning! We’re diving right in to Friday Favorites today. Enjoy. :)

Friday Favorites

Fitness

Foodie

Recipes

Blogging and Social Media

Self Image, Inspiration, and Life

Let’s chat about our usual Friday topics! What links are speaking to you this week? What was the best part of your week? What’s up for the weekend?

The best part of my week was hands down Wednesday when New Balance announced the return of NBGO in a few weeks. I was just so happy, and my social media blew up too. I also got a 90 minute massage on Tuesday night, tried a FlyBarre class in the city with Liz, and Tim finally came home from his work trip last night.

This weekend? I’m seeing my girlfriends from home tonight (my childhood best friend recently got engaged!), doing a test run for the winter 5k I’m leading next weekend, and more wedding planning activities.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Happy spring!