a perfect pair

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

It’s the most perfect food union: Bananas + Peanut Butter.

When I woke up this morning I was in the mood for a breakfast something that included these two of my favorite things. What first came to mind when thinking about this craving was when I was in college. One of my best friends and I used to make banana peanut butter oatmeal for breakfast, and we liked it so much that we made it probably for breakfast for a couple weeks straight. We ate that for breakfast so often that, needlesstosay, I haven’t had banana peanut butter oatmeal since. But this morning…I was in the mood for it.

My precious husband had a morning commitment, which left me plenty of time to come up with a mastermind of all matermind creations without a hungry man pestering me about when it would be finished. Hungriness is a constant male condition. Anyways, here’s what I came up with…

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars with Cream Cheese Filling

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

Makes 6 squares

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar + 3 tbsp
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup wheat bran
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 large bananas (sliced)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese @ room temp
  • 2 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions:

1. Caramelize bananas: In a medium skillet melt 1 tbsp butter and then add 3 tbsp of brown sugar. Toss in sliced bananas. Let them cook untouched for about a minute and then flip them over and let them cook for an additional minute. Pour in ¼ cup orange juice and stir in until combined. Let the sauce cook for another minute or two. Set aside to cool completely.

Caramelized Bananas

2. Mix together dry ingredients: oats, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and wheat bran.

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

3. Add milk, honey, vanilla, caramelized bananas, and peanut butter to the dry ingredients.

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

4. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan and bake @ 350° for 15-20 minutes.

photo (10)5. Once the bars have cooled slice them into 12 squares & get ready for filling!

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

6. Prepare filling: Using a wisk attachment on your mixer, cream the cream cheese on high until smooth. Add peanut butter and honey.

7. Dollop filling on top of 6 of the squares and smooth out evenly. Finally, add a same size square on top and DIG IN!

(These bars are delicious at room temperature, but they are even better after refridgerating for a couple of hours! Make them the night before and they would be perfect by breakfast time! If you can wait that long…)

 Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Bars

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