Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars + Big Little Lies (a book review)
The world’s most epic flavor combo —> chocolate/peanut butter/banana <— in bar form. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars won’t break the calorie bank and they’re the perfect treat for breakfast, snack or dessert!
While I could literally go on and on about these bars, I won’t. I’ll just tell you to make them ASAP. Breakfast has been glorious the past two days- I’ve been mashing up two of them with almond milk and then I heat it all up in the microwave for one minute. Oh my, if you love peanut butter and bananas as much as I do; this is a must make! My kiddos have loved them for afterschool snacks and I keep catching Brad stealing bites from the leftovers. 🙂
Now let’s talk books while we gaze at the deliciousness… if you don’t give a rip about Big Little Lies, just scroll all the way down for the recipe. However, if you’re on the lookout for a really good read hang on for a bit. I just finished Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty. I absolutely loved this book and if you’ve read very many of my book review posts, you know I’m pretty hard to please when it comes to good reads.
The summary taken from Amazon.com-
Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
This was one of those novels that I just could not stop listening to. I use audible.com, so that I can listen to books while driving- I do a lot of driving. It was a fabulous book for so many reasons. One of my favorite things about the book was the way that it was presented. It starts off with a mystery and while there are many serious subjects within the book, there is also humor sprinkled in. The story goes back and forth between three women and their stories, but also includes snippets from a murder investigation. The shocking mystery and a few other surprises are revealed near the end of the novel. If you’re looking for a new book to devour- this is it!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars
For the bars:
- 2 cups rolled oats, use gluten-free, if preferred
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, any milk will work
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, I used all-natural crunchy PB from Trader Joe's
- 1/4 cup honey, use maple syrup for a vegan option
- 3 smallish ripe bananas, about 1 cup, mashed
For the chocolate drizzle (optional):
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, I use Enjoy Life brand mini chips. They are vegan.
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with an all-natural cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine all bar ingredients in a medium bowl and pour into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for about 30 minutes and until toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow bars to cool for about 20 minutes before cutting and serving.
- If using chocolate drizzle- warm chocolate chip and coconut oil in a small microwaveable bowl for 20 second intervals, stirring each time. When chocolate is melted, use a spoon to drizzle over the tops of the bars. Enjoy!
12 Servings Amount Per Serving (one bar) Calories 134.9 Total Fat 4.6 g Saturated Fat 0.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g Monounsaturated Fat 0.5 g Cholesterol 0.0 mg Sodium 23.9 mg Potassium 73.7 mg Total Carbohydrate 20.7 g Dietary Fiber 2.3 g Sugars 8.8 g Protein 4.0 g
Something to think about….
What’s your favorite flavor combo? Are you a chocolate/peanut butter/banana lover?
What’s the latest and greatest that you’ve read?
Have you read Big Little Lies or any of Moriarty’s other novels? I’ve also read, What Alice Forgot and while I enjoyed it, it didn’t pull me in the way that Big Little Lies did.