Banana & Peanut Butter Bars, Raspberry & Apricot Bars and Apple & Cinnamon Bars

IMG_7736 IMG_7728 IMG_7735 IMG_7733IMG_9674 IMG_0078 IMG_0077These fruity and nutty bars are filling, highly nutritious, and for me, hit the spot when I need something sweet without doing too much damage. The principle for both recipes is the same and scope for movement is huge. I first made these using bananas and loved them. I had a lot of people telling me, “I don’t like bananas!” I just felt sorry for them. Imagine not being able to include the most portable of healthy snacks into their life! However that being said, I reckoned that if a banana could do it, other fruit could do it too.

The next bar I made was a Raspberry and Mango. It was equally as good except the mango was overpowered by the raspberries. The third time I left the mango out – the raspberries packed a good punch and the colour was so much prettier. If you fancy the mango, weigh half mango and half raspberries. Feel free to play around with these recipes as you wish.

Stewed fruit works well too. I have included a recipe for Apple and Cinnamon which is delicious! You could use plums, pears or rhubarb. Weigh out slightly more than you need as the weight diminishes during cooking. If you have some left over you can eat it for breakfast with some yoghurt and oats!

The recipe is a guideline. I wanted to share with you a very simple one that you can make with very few ingredients. I give you permission to adapt the recipe and make it your own. Try adding some coconut, vanilla or some extra chopped fruit and nuts. The possibilities are endless. I really look forward to experimenting with this recipe and trying many new flavour combinations. Personally I love these wee guys and I never want to be without a wee stash of them!

I am the very new proud owner of a silicone bar tray which my mum brought me back from the USA. It works really well for these. I have baked them in an 8 inch square tray and that also works well. You could also bake them in a silicone muffin tray. The only danger with that, is your brain may think it is about to get a muffin and you may be disappointed as they taste much more healthy than a muffin!

I have had mixed response from these when giving them to friends to try. Some people, like me, love them, whereas others were not so sure because of the texture. It just depends what you expect and how much you love eating health! That may sound like a strange thing to say, but I love the taste of health. I much prefer eating something that I know is doing some good for my body. Therefore I give them top marks.

I suggest you make them my way first, then adjust to suit your own taste.

After all that waffle, I shall keep the rest short and sweet as they really are very simple to make.

Banana and Peanut Butter Bars Ingredients

Serves 12
  • 3 bananas (300g approx.)
  • 100g peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  •  150g porridge oats
  • 75g raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • 25g crushed hazelnuts (optional)

Raspberry and Apricot Bars Ingredients

Serves 12
  • 250g raspberries
  •  100g peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 150g porridge oats
  • 75g finely chopped dried apricots (or other dried fruit)
  • 50g of sunflower / pumpkin seeds (optional)

Apple and Cinnamon Bars Ingredients

Serves 12
  • 4-5 apples
  • 1-2 tbsp. maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 75g peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 150g porridge oats
  • 50g raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

How to Make

To make the stewed apples, peel and cut into small cubes. Cover with 3 tbsp. of water and the syrup or honey and cook for 10 mins till soft.

Mash the banana or raspberries in a large bowl or place your cooked apples in a bowl.

Add the peanut butter and oats.

Add the dried fruit, nuts and or seeds and mix.

Line a tray with greaseproof paper and spoon in the mixture and firmly press down. Bake in the oven for 20 mins at 180°C.

Leave to cool before cutting into 12 pieces. Remove from the tray and further cool on a wire rack.

As an optional extra, bars can be dipped in Ice Magic (recipe in Sweet Treats eBook) and sprinkled in coconut.

Banana and Peanut Butter Bars

Calories : 153

Total Fat : 6.6g

Saturated Fat : 5.3g

Total Carbs : 17.9g

Protein : 4.1g

Raspberry and Apricot Bars

Calories : 138

Total Fat : 7.3g

Saturated Fat : 1.1g

Total Carbs : 13g

Protein : 4.7g

Apple and Cinnamon Bars

Calories : 145

Total Fat : 2.9g

Saturated Fat : 0.6g

Total Carbs : 27.4g

Protein : 2.7g