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Banana Oat Bars

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Banana Oat Bars

These banana oat bars is another favourite quick breakfast of mine. I have quite a collection by now, which you can check out under breakfast category. These bars are also very similar to banana oat protein muffins but without protein powder.

I love having oats for breakfast because they are not wheat (everything in moderation) and cook quickly. I usually would pour boiling water over quick oats for a few minutes, then top with yogurt and fruits.

These banana oatmeal bars are a baked alternative to traditional oatmeal. Naturally sweetened with bananas and any dried fruit you have got on hand. Raising, apricots, cranberries and prunes would work great. Made healthy with applesauce and flaxseed.

mashing bananas in a red bowl

And I’m pretty sure if you have got two large ripe bananas (just yellow are good enough) on hand, you can pull this breakfast off right now. Super simple ingredients. Any nuts would be great – almonds, cashews, pecans or even hazelnuts.

This oatmeal was almost like a banana nut bread. I sprinkled one half with chocolate chips for children and left the other one plain for the adults.

Banana Oat Bars batter in red bowl

I usually make a double batch, bake in 9″ x 13″ baking dish, refrigerate half in a glass container and freeze the rest. I absolutely love to have breakfast ready for me in the fridge.

We do not have anyone with gluten intolerance in the family, therefore I consider these oatmeal bars gluten free for myself since oats are naturally gluten free. But if you have a gluten intolerance, just make sure to buy certified gluten free oats. These banana oat bars are also vegan. You do not need any eggs here…Enjoy!

Looking for more baked oatmeal goodies? Try my baked oatmeal breakfast bars with carrots and carrot oatmeal muffins.

Banana Oat Bars

Banana Oat Bars

Banana Oat Bars

Banana Oat Bars are healthy oatmeal bars recipe with oats, applesauce, flaxseed, nuts, no added sugar and are great for children.
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 bars
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Olena Osipov



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, line 8 x 8 square baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.*
  • In a large mixing bowl add bananas, applesauce, milk and stir to combine. Add oats through salt and mix well to combine. Add dates and walnuts, stir enough to incorporate.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish, level with spatula and top with chocolate chips if desired (I usually sprinkle half for the kids). Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes and cut into 8 bars. Serve hot, warm or cold with yogurt, peanut butter or whatever you like for breakfast.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 - 4 months.


    • *You could also use a non-stick muffin tin or BPA-free silicone baking cups.
    • I also like to double the recipe, bake in 9" x 13" baking dish and freeze for later.
    • Please note, baking time will increase by about 15 minutes, depending on your oven.


    Serving: 1bar | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg
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    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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