Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies – Fill the Cookie Jar

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Oh my gosh, is it almost fall???  And where the heck did summer go?  I spent most of my summer broken.  Literally.  I broke my little baby toe on a baby gate the morning of my oldest son’s 6th grade graduation!!!  I literally hobbled around on crutches with my toe buddy-taped until the ceremony was over so I could get to the doctors.

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And then, wouldn’t you know, they just buddy taped it again.  Of course, after they “set” the bone.  Did you know they could do that for a toe?!  Then after a week of it feeling a bit better, I finally get to see the podiatrist, only to hear I had to have surgery on it because it was that bad!

So ten days after this little toe stub, which led to a darn LETTER L toe, which led to a reset toe and then surgery, I had a pin sticking out of my toe.  It was broken AND fractured in 3 places.

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I’m all better now.  But my toe is a bit crooked.  And it swells randomly.  And then I remind myself that at least I have a toe.  So I basically went from the end of the school year to the beginning of the school year, with no fun to be had all summer.

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I’ve been missing my kitchen and baking, and I may have lost some of my creative mojo.  Hey, I said some.  These Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies had my kids returning to the kitchen over and over and over and over and …well you get the picture.

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And the icing on top (literally the icing on top-badumcha!) tastes like a peanut butter cup.  So much so, that my oldest decided to have more bars after school with a side of actual peanut butter cups.  Boy, I hope he runs that off tomorrow during gym class.

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I had one of these after they came out of the oven and they were so tender and moist.  I especially love how the icing sets up on the top. I decided on these bars because I really just wanted to make something with brown sugar and brown butter. And then I had ripe bananas. And I love peanut butter. And I have lots of granola from last year’s winning of Golden Girl Granola. (I’m in the top 8 again this year!) And of course fall brings school lunches, which brings PB sandwiches and granola bars. So yea, that’s what I came up with.

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But today my son let me have a nibble of them straight from the fridge.  Oh-my-word!  The banana flavor was insane!  After a night of sitting in the refrigerator, that banana really took center stage.  So delicious!!!  I could eat these warm or cold, but either way I gobble it up, I’ll take it with a cold glass of milk.

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And now, my contribution to this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar, led by the lovely Cynthia.  Check below for more fall cookie and bar recipes from other bloggers too!

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Pour browned butter mixture over brown sugar.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 226 calories

Fat 10 g

Carbs 31 g

Protein 4 g

16

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies

Ingredients

    For the Blondies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick)
  • 2 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 large over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup honey granola
  • For the Peanut Butter Icing

  • 2 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tb milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8"×8″ baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter with the peanut butter and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the honey and continue to stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes, over medium low heat.
  3. Add the brown sugar to a large bowl and stir in the butter mixture. Mix well. Add the bananas and mash well with a fork to incorporate. (A few chunks are okay.) Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and granola and stir until combined. Pour the batter into the foil lined pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until set and golden just around the edges. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  5. In a small bowl melt 2 Tb peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in 3 Tb milk. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Spread onto slightly cooled bars. Cool completely before cutting into 16 bars. Note-lift foil out of pan to cut easily.

Notes

Store in refrigerator up to one week, in a covered container.

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If I feed my pregnant sweet tooth anymore, I think my baby girl is going to enter the world asking for chocolate milk. I mean, my 3 year old is an addict to milk and Ovaltine, why not the rest of the kids?

This month for The Secret Recipe Club I was assigned such a delectable blog that it sent my cravings through the roof! I mean Slutty Cheesecake Bars!!?!! Who thinks of these things?!?!

Tracy at Pale Yellow is a science teacher by day and a baker by night. Science and baking go hand in hand right? The catch phrase on her blog even says “Cream together butter and sugar until Pale Yellow“. Yep, that’s science right there!

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I would love to be a teacher at her school and enjoy the treats she shares in the lunch room. She has such a strong passion for baking that one day she decided, heck, put it on a blog and share some love.

I’m so glad she shared these Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars. They are so addicting that I had to stash some in the freezer to keep from devouring them all in the same week!

If you happen to have these ingredients at home, please go make some now! I only made two changes with these bars. Instead of crushed graham crackers and cocoa powder, I used my son’s chocolate graham Avenger cookies. He didn’t mind at all, cuz he got to enjoy these peanut butter goodies. And I used milk chocolate chips instead of bittersweet, because that is what I had on hand.

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Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars

Ingredients:
Crust-
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs or chocolate graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/3 cup cocoa powder (omit if using chocolate grahams)
Filling-
1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
5 Tb unsalted butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
Chocolate Topping-
8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
2 Tb unsalted butter, cut into pieces

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First preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 13×9″ baking pan with parchment paper. Hang the parchment paper over the edge of the pan for easy cutting later.

In a food processor, combine the graham crackers and coconut and process until they are fine crumbs.

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Melt the butter in the microwave, then blend it quickly with the sugar.

Oh look, creaming together butter and sugar does make it pale yellow!

Mix in the eggs one at a time until completely blended and creamy.

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Add the coconut graham mixture. Mix well and pour into the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until baked through. Mine were a bit soft in the middle and I didn’t realize it, but they were still yummy!

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While the base cools off, prepare the addicting peanut butter filling.

Melt the peanut butter and butter in the microwave until smooth.

Then mix well to combine.

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Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and the milk a little at a time, mixing well and scraping the sides of the bowl in between intervals.

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Spread or press the peanut butter filling on top of the cooled chocolate crust. Mine was a bit thick and didn’t cover the pan completely. I think my pan was slightly larger than 13×9″, but it didn’t take away the goodness of the bars. 😉

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Refrigerate the bars for about an hour.

Then prepare the chocolate by melting in a double boiler with the butter, or microwaving at 50% power for 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between, until chocolate is a smooth consistency.

Carefully spread over the peanut butter filling.

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Chill the bars completely before cutting into squares. The serving says 24. I don’t know how many I made. Some I cut into fancy fudge shop sizes and others I cut into big Reese’s cup sizes.

A little tip, when cutting, lift the bars out by the parchment paper handles you made earlier and place the whole block on a firm cutting board. (See that crack down the middle of my bars? These babies are heavy, so grab a good hold of your parchment paper handles!)

Cut by pressing straight down with a sharp knife and serve immediately or refrigerate.

These may also be cut and frozen, with wax paper strips between the layers.

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Now you really don’t want to forget the milk with these bars!

Let me know what you think and don’t forget to check out Pale Yellow.

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Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars

Prep Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 24

Per Serving 420 calories

Fat 26 g

Carbs 44 g

Protein 6 g

24

Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 12

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Crust

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs or chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (omit if using chocolate grahams)
  • For the Filling

  • 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 5 Tb unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • For the Chocolate Topping

  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tb unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 13×9″ baking pan with parchment paper. Hang the parchment paper over the edge of the pan for easy cutting later.
  2. In a food processor, combine the graham crackers and coconut and process until they are fine crumbs.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave, then blend it quickly with the sugar.
  4. Mix in the eggs one at a time until completely blended and creamy.
  5. Add the coconut graham mixture. Mix well and pour into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until baked through. While the base cools off, prepare the peanut butter filling.
  7. Melt the peanut butter and butter in the microwave until smooth.Then mix well to combine.
  8. Add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and the milk a little at a time, mixing well and scraping the sides of the bowl in between intervals.
  9. Spread or press the peanut butter filling on top of the cooled chocolate crust. Refrigerate the bars for about an hour.
  10. Then prepare the chocolate by melting in a double boiler with the butter, or microwaving at 50% power for 30 seconds at a time and stirring in between, until chocolate is a smooth consistency.
  11. Carefully spread the chocolate over the peanut butter filling.
  12. Chill the bars completely before cutting into squares.
  13. Lift the bars out by the parchment paper handles you made earlier and place the whole block on a firm cutting board. Cut by pressing straight down with a sharp knife and serve immediately or refrigerate.

Notes

These may also be cut and frozen, with wax paper strips between the layers.