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Banana Wake-Up Bars


"These are soft, simple, but delicious, bars made with yummy ingredients. They're always a big hit when I make them for my friends and bring them to school."
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1 h servings 102 cals
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 9x9-inch pan)


  • Calories:
  • 102 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 12g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 63 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the peanut butter, brown sugar, and butter with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, then the banana. Stir in the oats, flour, wheat germ, and baking soda until completely combined. Spread in prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until set and lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan on wire rack before cutting into bars.


  • Cook's Notes
  • If you are not a banana fan, substitute 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce for the banana.
  • When I don't have wheat germ, I use 2 tablespoons flax seed meal.

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  1. 76 Ratings

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simple, cheap, healthy, tasty! i soaked the oats for a couple hours in warm water beforehand, because the first time i made this, the oats were still somewhat dry/uncooked. i also added some dri...

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I give this three stars, because I thought it would be more like a 'bar' less like a banana 'cake' or 'bread' type texture. The taste is powerfully banana and peanutbuttery, mine doesn't look a...

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simple, cheap, healthy, tasty! i soaked the oats for a couple hours in warm water beforehand, because the first time i made this, the oats were still somewhat dry/uncooked. i also added some dri...

I made these, but used applesauce (one of the cups that you can buy for lunches which was almost 1/2 cup) everything else was as stated on the recipe. Wonderful Bars. They smelled good while ...

I took others advice and added raisins. This made ALL the difference! It is a very plain breakfast bar, and needs a little something. I will use this recipe again because it was so easy and q...

Really good, easy recipe, but not a whole lot of flavor. On the second batch I made, I toasted the rolled oats in the oven for about five minutes and added walnuts and a little nutmeg.

Love this! I was looking for something lower in sugar and full of nutrients and this fits the bill and is SOO tasty and moist. I like to make them as muffins because it's the perfect serving siz...

These turned out better than I expected! Like a hybrid of banana bread, peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies. I used a heaping 1/3c. peanut butter; crunchy-style gave it nice texture. I als...

I made them exactly to recipe, and I think they're great. Also, they were very easy to prepare.

Very simple and tasty. More cake-like than bar-like. I used chunky peanut butter, whole wheat flour and added a little cinnamon.

I was pleasantly surprised by these. They had a great flavor. My complaint was that they didn't keep very well at all.