ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING….with my pan of cookie bars, catch him!
OK, I admit, I’m not a big fan of Elvis (before my time really) and I don’t know much about him….other then he had a boat-load of hit songs, girls went wild over him, and his favorite sandwich was PB & Banana (I’ve never tried it and it sounds like a weird combo!). So how did these bars come about exactly?!?
Well…it was the 2 over-ripe bananas on the counter that started it! I wanted to make something with them, but REALLY didn’t want to do banana bread. So I started poking around the pantry and kitchen, trying to think of something a bit more creative….and then my eyes fell on the jar of peanut butter. Since I’m on a bar-making kick (and it seems an oatmeal one too), I decided to see what PB & banana would taste like when BAKED together!
I remember a while ago making a monster cookie recipe that came out really peanut-buttery (as it had no flour), but I liked it and kept it on file. So this is a loose twist on a PB Monster cookie, but it comes out tasting much different and SO good! The high amount of Peanut Butter makes it taste creamy and rich, the banana keeps it *ultra* moist and takes on a mellow background flavor, and the oatmeal holds it all together. I think these are actually better the next day, as the banana flavor becomes more developed (though not over-powering) and the bars become more “set”. If you are a fan of PB, bananas, or oatmeal bars with chocolate (that pretty much covers everyone, right??), you must try these!
You can also GO HERE to read some reviews of the recipe.
(In my best Elvis voice) Thank you, thank you very much.
Dreamy Peanut Butter & Banana ELVIS Bars recipe:
- 1/4 cup softened butter (for dairy free version replace with oil)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 ripe bananas-mashed
- 3/4 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2-2/3 cups rolled oats (or quick cook oats)
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray an 8 x 8 inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the first 4 ingredients and cream together well. Add in the vanilla, stir, then add in the peanut butter. Stirring carefully so you don’t spill, work in all of the peanut butter until in is completely incorporated.
- Sprinkle the baking soda over the entire mixture, add in the oatmeal and chocolate chips and blend until well combined. Pour into the 8 x 8 baking pan and bake for 28-32 minutes. Top should be nice and brown and center should be just barely set. Allow to cool before cutting into them.