Healthy Recipe: Banana-Peanut Butter Protein Bars

These delicious snacks only take 15 minutes to make.

These banana peanut butter bars contain a wealth of protein, and addition of chocolate chips will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. Photograph by Melissa Romero.

We love getting a glimpse into local health experts’ and athletes’ diets with our weekly Food Diaries series. So much so that whenever we see a delicious breakfast or healthy dinner, we immediately ask for the recipe so we can try it ourselves. Case in point: Haley Coghill’s banana-peanut butter protein bars from her Food Diary

Coghill says the recipe was adapted from one she found on FitSugar. While the bars are delicious right out of the oven, they’re also great snacks for when you’re on the run. Another plus: Even if you don’t have protein powder, the banana, peanut butter, and eggs should provide a healthy dose on their own.

1 cup instant oats
1 cup whole-wheat flour
 cup vanilla whey protein powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ripe banana, chopped
3 egg whites or one full egg
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chocolate chips


1) Preheat oven to 350.

2) Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and stir until well mixed.

3) Pour into a greased 10-inch brownie pan.

4) Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.

5) Cut into rectangular bars.

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