Once upon a time, I had a baking blog. I made it for my Writing in Online Environments class while at Colorado State University. (I got an A+, just sayin’!) I loved how cute it looks and how it forced me to bake and/or write every week. And I told myself at the end of the semester that I would keep it up after the class was over.
Well, that didn’t quite happen. Even though I continue to bake, by the time I remember to take pictures of the process, it’s too late! So while this is not a baking blog, I am testing out a baking post, to see how it does. Maybe it will inspire me to revamp the baking blog!
This recipe is something that I came up with in the shower last night. I knew I had an over-ripe banana, but only one. I have been obsessed with honey lately. And after I thought of bananas and honey, peanut butter just came naturally. And after that, I knew I had to add some chocolate in there. So here is my completely improvised recipe for Chocolate Banana Energy Bars. (Which were going to be clusters at first.)
*Please note that these “measurements” are approximate, as I just added what I felt looked — or tasted — like the right amount. Feel free to customize and come up with your own proportions!
1 ripe banana
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 – 2 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 chocolate chips
First, I mashed the banana. Add the honey, and stir. At this point the mixture is wet and sticky. Next, mix in the peanut butter. Even stickier. Then I worried that it would be too sweet, so I added salt. And then the oats. You can add more or less, depending on how sticky and wet your mixture is.
At this point I stood there and just looked at the mixture. I had a couple different options. I could mix in mini chocolate chips. I could roll the mixture into balls and chill them. Then I could drizzle chocolate over the balls. I could roll the mixture into balls and bake them. And then drizzle with chocolate. There were so many choices!
My dad made the suggestion that I make it into bars. So I flattened out the mixture on a foil lined baking sheet and added chocolate chips. (I used dark, but milk, or semi-sweet chocolate would work as well). You can also put the chocolate chips down first, and then flatten the mixture.
I put this into the oven at 350 degrees. In total, it cooked for 15 minutes. About halfway through, I spread the melting chocolate chips out using a rubber spatula. I decided it was done when the edges started to crisp up. However, the bars themselves are still moist, and chewy!
I cut them up into bars and refrigerated the leftovers.
Thanks for being my guinea pigs on this baking post! Let me know if you try the bars!