Easy Banana Oat Bars

These Easy Banana Oat Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly and make the perfect snack.  Grab the kids and try this recipe today!

These Easy Banana Oat Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly and make the perfect snack. Grab the kids and try this recipe today!

Hi friends!

One of my goals for 2017 is to encourage more of you to get into the kitchen with your kids. It’s messy, imperfect and can take forever…but it’s so worth it. You’re teaching them practical skills, helping them build confidence and encouraging creativity!

Squish has been helping me in the kitchen for as long as I can remember. He’s only 2 years old but he can do quite a lot as far as helping with basic recipes.

Last week I shared this video of us making my Green Brean Fries:

Do they look just like the ones I took pictures of for the blog post? No. Did I care? Not at all!

Yesterday we headed to the kitchen to make some banana oat bars. We actually make these fairly frequently because they’re pretty forgiving. They don’t require exact measurements and always taste good. Plus I always have ripe bananas on hand.

This time I made a little video of my kitchen assistant to share with you guys. And then by a stroke of good luck, both kids were sleeping at the same time for a little while in the afternoon, so I took advantage and snapped a few photos so I could share them with you on the blog!

These Easy Banana Oat Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly and make the perfect snack. Grab the kids and try this recipe today!

My hope is these posts and videos will encourage you guys to grab your kiddos, head to the kitchen and make some beautifully messy memories!

Here’s the recipe:

Serves 8×8 or 9×9 pan

Easy Banana Oat Bars

These Easy Banana Oat Bars are gluten-free, kid-friendly and make the perfect snack.

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

3 small ripe bananas1 cup rolled oats1/2 cup peanut butter2-4 Tbsp maple syrup1 egg1/2 tsp baking soda1 tsp vanilla1 tsp cinnamon1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

Mash bananas in a bowl.Add oats, peanut butter, maple syrup and egg and mix well.Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.Pour into a 9×9 (or 8×8) baking sheet lined with parchment paper.Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.Let cool, cut and serve.6.6.15http://www.theleangreenbean.com/easy-banana-oat-bars/

Super easy. Feel free to add a few more oats if your bananas are on the bigger side…mine were fairly small. Adjust the amount of maple syrup to your taste. If your bananas are super ripe, you could less. I used a 9×9 pan because that’s what I had. The bars aren’t super thick so and 8×8 pan might be better if you have one!

These Easy Banana Oat Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly and make the perfect snack. Grab the kids and try this recipe today!

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Let’s chat:

Do your kids help you in the kitchen? What’s your favorite thing to make?

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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Bean Bytes 222

Hi Friends!

First of all, thanks so much to all of you who responded to my email over the weekend and shared your questions and thoughts about how I can help you lead a healthier life! I truly appreciate it. If you’re not already signed up for my email list, you can do so in the right sidebar on a desktop or at the bottom of this post on mobile!

Now it’s time to catch up on what you may have missed last week!

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Good reads:
Busting the Three Biggest Weight Loss Myths via Avocado a Day
I Broke Up With My Phone and Fell In Love With Someone Else via Hummusapien
Why I’m Taking Back My Mornings via Cait Flanders
Most Decisions Come Down to These Two Choices via Kara Lydon
How One Man Lost 300 Pounds and Got His Life Back via Flooring Inc
How to Choose the Healthiest Bread via Eating Made Easy
An Easy Trick to Developing a New Habit (and Actually Sticking to It) via The Muse
Invite Delight via Becoming Minimalist
How To Say No: 9 Ways to Do It with Grace, Not Guilt via Well Plated
Here’s the Most Effective Way to Say No to Things You Don’t Want to Do via Science of Us

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Good eats:
Orange Muffins with Poppy Seeds
Paleo Sweet Potato Waffle Breakfast Sandwich
Vegan Ginger Pear Crumb Muffins
Kiwi Chia Pudding Parfait
30 Packable Whole30 Lunches
Cranberry Apple Pecan Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Slow Cooker Asian Pulled Pork Nachos
maple-chipotle roasted sweet potato and plantain burrito bowls with mojo sauce
Stuffed Puff Pastry Pizza
Hummus Baked Chicken
Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Paleo Meatballs
Bread Machine Hamburger Buns
Sticky Orange Chicken
Flank Steak Roulades
Teriyaki Waffle Fries
Peanut Butter Crusted Sweet Potato Fries
8 Healthier Snack Bars
10 Easy Snacks to Make In Your Food Processor
13 Healthy On the Go Snack Recipes

scenes from the week

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We had a rough weekend with Little Miss. Friday was by far my hardest day of motherhood so far and Saturday wasn’t much better. Luckily she made some improvements and Sunday and Monday went a bit more smoothly. And by smoothly I mean she only cried about 40% of the day instead of 90% the previous 2 days. Have I mentioned colic is tough?

But we’re hangin’ in there! Both of them are growing like weeds. Squish continues to entertain us daily and although he has his moments, he really is such a good boy.

We had friends over for a pizza party over the weekend, which was fun! And we finally took down our Christmas tree. I miss it already!

That’s about it for this week!

Let’s chat:

What’s the best thing you read last week?

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

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