Monkey Bars

by Ann on May 9, 2009

Monkey Bars

Just for kids!  I would not make these for myself, but of course, since they’re around, I eat them.  These bars are full of banana flavor with the additional nutritional bonus of sweet potatoes!  These are based off of Missy Chase Lapine’s book, The Sneaky Chef.  I love her book but my problem with it is, I don’t want to make a puree of something and keep it in the fridge, and then have leftovers if I don’t use it all and toss it out.  It’s all too much possible waste for me to handle so I never really attempted making her recipes.  Then I decided, that’s dumb.  Like usual, why not just throw in what I feel like putting in if it’s close and it’ll probably work.  It usually does!  I’m actually really excited to try her PB&J muffins my way. 


  • 5TB butter (I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 jar stage 2 organic sweet potatoes (I used Earth’s Best)…Stage 2 is closer to the amount you want, 1 is too small, if you have stage 1, just use 1 1/2 or 2 jars
  • 2 large mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3-1/2 cup oat flour or oats…I used oat flour this time because I ran out of oats
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 325 and spray 8″ square pan or 11×7 pan
  • Melt butter & coconut oil if you are using it over medium heat along with agave nectar and stir with whisk.  Remove from heat and let cool while doing the next step
  • In a large bowl, mash bananas, add the beaten eggs, baby food, and vanilla.  Add the slightly cooled butter and agave nectar mixture
  • Add oats/oat flour and spelt flour and salt.  For less moist bars, add more oats.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes until they don’t jiggle in the middle anymore and turn slightly brown around the edges
  • Allow to cool and then melt chocolate chips and spread on top.  You may also drizzle but to be honest, I think spreading is much easier.  I always make my drizzle chunk or somehow lose control of my hand and make a gorgeous splot on top of whatever it is that I’m making.  I prefer not drizzling but wish I had the skill.  Drizzles are pretty.

My toddler loves them!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bonnie May 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Um…. how long do these bake for?


2 Ann May 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Oops! I just added it. 25-35 minutes. My oven seems to cook much faster…along the 25 minute range where most ovens would probably be around 35 minutes

3 Bonnie May 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm



4 Ann May 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Thank you for letting me know!

5 Kendra May 10, 2009 at 1:49 am

Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

6 pigpigscorner May 10, 2009 at 7:00 am

They look so delicious and sound relatively healthy!

7 Lauren B May 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Sweet potatoes in snack bars! That’s a first. They certainly look outstanding!

8 Bridget June 30, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I love these!! Thank you for a beautiful post.

I’ve included this recipe in my Ultimate Top 30 Healthy Recipe Posts on the Internet

Thank you for sharing!!

9 joy September 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Hi, I was wondering if you could put down actual measurements for the recipes. One jar of stage 2 sweet potatoes means absolutely nothing to me. I live in Australia and we don’t have the same brands or products as you. I notice this on a lot of other blogs… people putting down brand names but not actually giving the measurements. Love your recipe. Thanks. :)

10 Ann September 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Oh, sorry, I hadn’t thought of that - I’ll try to do that in the future! I think it’s a scant 1/2 cup if I remember correctly- think I’ll have to make those again sometime soon.

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