Banana Peanut Butter Bars

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5 from 5 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Banana Peanut Butter Bars make for a delicious snack. These gooey cookie bars with peanut butter and banana chips will have your family hooked.

Banana Peanut Butter Bars on a white plate.

These Banana Peanut Butter Bars would be approved by the King of Rock & Roll himself. If you’re anything like Elvis and love the combination of peanut butter and banana, then this recipe is the one for you!

To learn more about the nutritional value of bananas, visit the USDA for further information.


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What We Love About This Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

These bars have such an amazing flavor and texture. It is full of sweetness but in a good way.

  • Easy Ingredients: This recipe requires easy pantry friendly ingredients that you probably already have.
  • Family Friendly: Your family will not be disappointed by these Banana Peanut Butter Bars.
  • Adaptable: You can make this recipe to cater to dietary restrictions or allergies such as using a sunflower seed butter in place of the oeanut butter.
A stack of the treats.

Ingredient Notes for Banana Peanut Butter Bars

  • Flour: For this banana peanut butter bars recipe, I would not recommend using any other type of flour but all purpose flour.
  • Baking Soda: You will need baking soda, any brand will work.
  • Peanut Butter Chips: These banana peanut butter bars need peanut butter chips, you can use the Reese’s brand peanut butter chips.
  • Banana Chips: For this recipe you will need dried banana chips.
  • Sugar: You will need white granulated sugar.
  • Butter: It is important to use unsalted butter.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract will help to tie together these peanut butter and banana cookie bars.
  • Eggs: You will need 2 large eggs.
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Equipment Needed for Banana Peanut Butter Recipes

How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Bars

These are the basic steps for making Banana Peanut Butter Bars. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: PREPPING

Start by preheating the oven to350 degrees f. Prepare you baking dish with parchment paper, cooking spray, or butter with a dusting of flour. Then set aside.

STEP 2: DRY INGREDIENTS

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, banana chips, and peanut butter chips. Mix until fully incorporated.

STEP 3: WET INGREDIENTS

In a large bowl, cream together with an electric mixer, the sugar, butter, and vanilla. Mix until combined, then add eggs and mix on high speed, beat until fluffy.

STEP 4: MAKE THE BATTER

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture. Mix until fully combined and spoon the dough into your prepared pan.

STEP 5: BAKE BANANA PEANUT BUTTER BARS

Top with some extra peanut butter chips and banana chips. Bake for 20-25 minutes until fully cooked, they should be golden brown and a toothpick should come out clean. Allow peanut butter bars to cool completely before cutting into 16 even squares.

Prep and Storage Tips for Banana Peanut Butter Bars

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

These cookie bars are perfect to make ahead of time. Once bars have fully cooled and you have cut into squares, store in are an airtight container for up to 2 days before serving.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store bars in an airtight container or plastic bag for 4-5 days at room temperature, you can also store in the fridge if it is hot.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

To freeze peanut butter banana bars store in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions for Banana and Peanut Butter Recipes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE GLUTEN FREE

To make this recipe gluten free, use an all purpose gluten free flour such as Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 ratio flour or use oats flour, you can make your own by finely blending rolled oats.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN PLACE OF PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS?

If you can’t find peanut butter chips or have someone with a nut allergy use chocolate chips for chocolate banana bars.

CAN MAKE THIS RECIPE DAIRY-FREE?

You can make this recipe dairy-free by swapping in coconut oil 1:1 in place of butter and swap out the peanut butter chips for a peanut butter swirl or chopped peanuts. These swap also happen to make it vegan.

IS PEANUT BUTTER AND A BANANA A GOOD SNACK?

Peanut butter and banana is a great snack combination, this peanut butter banana bar recipe will not disappoint if you love this pair.

Side view of the cake.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe to share with your friends ad family. To double this recipe increase ingredients proportionally and split between two baking dishes.
  • Toppings: For some extra flare, top with a nut butter swirl (peanut, almond butter, or cashew butter) or slices of ripe bananas.
  • Chocolate Chips: You can use chocolate chips in place of or addition to these peanut butter banana bars.
  • Sugar Substitute: Make lower calorie with a sugar substitute.

What to Serve with Peanut Butter & Banana Bars

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Banana Peanut Butter Bars on a white plate.
5 from 5 votes

Banana Peanut Butter Bars

Yield: 16 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Banana Peanut Butter Bars make for a delicious snack. These peanut butter & banana cookie bars will have your family hooked.
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/3 cup crushed banana chips
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Grease an 8-inch baking dish with a coat of butter and dust with flour or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt, peanut butter chips and crushed banana chips in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix well to evenly distribute the ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed.
  • Add eggs. Beat mixture on high until it is fluffy and thoroughly combined.
  • Slowly add the dry flour mixture to the sugar/butter mixture. Stir quite well to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  • Spoon all of the mixture into the baking dish.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely. Cut into bars and enjoy.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe to share with your friends ad family. To double this recipe increase ingredients proportionally and split between two baking dishes.
  • Toppings: For some extra flare, top with a nut butter swirl (peanut, almond butter, or cashew butter) or slices of ripe bananas.
  • Chocolate Chips: You can use chocolate chips in place of or addition to these banana peanut butter bars.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, banana bread, banana chips, Peanut butter

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3 thoughts on “Banana Peanut Butter Bars”

  1. 5 stars
    We took these to a family get together and they disappeared so quickly! The peanut butter and banana flavor combination made them a big hit!

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