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My “Dangerous” Yet Healthy Banana Bread Peanut Butter Bars



Our prompt for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “dough/d’oh.” Linda said, “Use one, use both, use ’em any way you like. Enjoy!”

Okay. Here goes. I’ve had plenty of d’oh moments if I’m reading that right. Too many to count. I’d rather talk/write about dough. If you take the u and the h out, you’ve got dog. I write about dogs a lot, because I love dogs. Know what else I love, besides dogs and trees? Cookie dough. It’s one of my favorite things. Raw cookie dough is better to me than cookies baked, unless they’re warm and doughy.

Right now, if I were to eat cookie dough, it would have to be vegan since I’m being vegan for lent. Doing pretty well on that most of the time. I have to read labels though since a lot of things have milk or eggs. I was going to buy some granola that said, “May contain  milk or eggs.” What does that mean? Then there are times when I don’t want to read the label, but we won’t go there.

Do you like to experiment with food? I’ve been experimenting with what to do with very ripe bananas. I’ve created a recipe except I haven’t written it down and don’t measure. That’s the experimenting part. I mash up a ripe banana or two and add peanut butter (crunchy) and almond milk if I have it, sometimes apple sauce, and mix all this together. Then I add in flour (sprinkling baking powder and baking soda on top of the flour and mixing that on the surface and/or oatmeal. Raisins might be good in there. Hmmmm. I add the flour and/or oatmeal until I like the consistency.  Am I forgetting something? Who cares? I don’t think so, but you could add any kind of fruit. Then I bake it. Yesterday it turned out like very moist banana bread brownies, and I got this idea to put peanut butter in between two brownies. I guess they’re more like bars than brownies because there’s no chocolate. Though I have used cocoa before, but then I can’t give any to the spoiled dogs. Anyway, so they turned out like banana bread peanut butter bars. And they were really good! My husband said they were dangerous (as in dangerously good.) Not exactly dough, but batter I suppose. That’s where my stream of consciousness flows.

peanut butter banana bars

JoAnna’s Banana Bread Peanut Butter Bars


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

25 thoughts on “My “Dangerous” Yet Healthy Banana Bread Peanut Butter Bars

  1. Good Lord that looks delicious – I think I need to storm my kitchen now. See you later:)

    All the best

  2. I drink only Almond Milk, yummy!

  3. So wonderful on your veganism for Lent. Those banana bread pnut butter bars look so YUM and healthy! You may be able to market those to health food stores or set up a booth at your farmer’s market! Almond milk is what I use now in coffee rather than powdered or flavored creamer as it is a much healthier choice. Happy Saturday!

  4. My goodness, yes this is a good recipe but what are the proportions? And yes, I’ll take your husbands word. I am pretty sure that the taste is addictive and fattening. After all, rescue foster people add peanut butter to a dog’s food to help it put on weight fairly fast, but is done with discretion. 🙂

    • Discretion is important. The dogs help me eat these. 🙂 As to proportions, I’d have to guess. I usually use a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and one large or two small bananas. Then I add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of almond milk. (though I’ve made it without the almond milk too.) Then I add about a cup or flour or oats, but I’m just guessing. I add until I think the consistency is similar to traditional banana bread. A lot of times it’s very moist, almost too moist, but I like it like that. You can put however much peanut butter in between the baked pieces as you want. I was happy to see your comment, Yvonne. I hope you are doing okay.

  5. That sounds interesting. I have bananas but no peanut butter…. 😥

  6. The banana bread peanut butter bars look amazing. My wife is a vegan during Lent, I was just asking her today if an item I was going to bring home with dinner might have eggs in it.

  7. That sounds yummy! I’d want the raisins, sure, but not cocoa. What a great invention!
    I could not be a happy vegan. I love dairy. Dairy is my bestie. Vegetarian I did for six years. Still not so much on the meat. It’s good to me in small doses, but consumed in portions others eat, I feel ill. Certainly can’t eat it daily. Not like dairy 😉

    • It makes sense that small amounts of meat work for you. Our bodies were not designed for as much meat as most Americans consume. Dairy has been hard for me to give up, but I’ve come to really like almond milk and almond milk Froyo. After lent, I might occasionally make something with humane certified cheese like my Christmas Eve lasagna or pizza. I’m going to try raisins next time in my BBPBBs. The more I think about that, the better it sounds.

  8. Wow, those sound and look so good, JoAnna, and something I could eat. I admire you for being a scratch vegan baker. That takes talent.

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