The winter weather has officially landed and with it, I find myself wanting to do more baking. On these cold wintery nights, there is nothing better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a warm baked good right out of the oven.
Unfortunately, many baked goods can be high in sugar and fat and low in fibre, which is why I make an effort to seek out healthier recipes for baked goods that are still as delicious as the originals!
This recipe is a great way to use up over-ripe bananas and makes a great snack or dessert option. It can also be part of a quick breakfast when paired with something like fruit and yogurt to create a balanced meal! These bars are high in fibre and low in added sugar, but what’s even better is that they come together in less than 30 minutes including prep and cook time!
Chocolate PB Chip Oat Bars (from the Real Life RD)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup sugar (original recipe calls for coconut palm sugar)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 over-ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup milk (original recipe calls for almond milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips or peanut butter chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Line an 8” x 8” baking pan with greased parchment paper.
- Process your oats into a flour using a blender or food processor.
- Add your oat flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda to a bowl. Add the mashed banana, milk, and vanilla and gently stir until almost completely mixed. Fold in your chocolate chips. Spread onto baking pan.
- Bake the bars for 18-20 minutes or until the center is set and cooked through.
- Remove the bars from the pan by lifting out the parchment paper. Let the bars cool completely before slicing into squares.
About Rilla Reardon
Rilla is a Registered Dietitian working for Northern Health since 2013. Rilla moved to northern BC from the east coast to continue developing her skills as a dietitian in a clinical setting while enjoying all that the north has to offer. Outside of work, she can be found experimenting in the kitchen or navigating the trails around Prince George with her dog, Henry. Rilla channels her passion for nutrition into practice, inspiring others to nourish their bodies, minds and souls with delicious and healthy food!