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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (nut-free)

February 4, 2020

Healthy Banana Bread Oatmeal Breakfast Bars made with all gluten-free, nut-free and vegan ingredients and NO added sugars. These are an easy go-to breakfast for the whole family and they are perfect for kids too!

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There is no such thing as too many banana bread recipes. Am I right?

We have made oh so many banana bread recipes here on the blog over the past few years. And I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. They are always the most popular recipe and the most searched for here on the blog. Especially that The Dreamiest Vegan Banana Bread Crumb Cake (gluten-free)Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (Nut Free) and Vegan Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread (gluten-free + nut-free).

These banana bread oatmeal bars are healthy, delicious and a recipe for the whole family.

Preparing food for our small but hungry family of 3 hasn’t been too challenging so far. It is a lot more than I was used to making a few years ago, but we all pretty much eat the same thing. I try to make as many recipes that can feed us all and these banana bread bars are one of those easy ones to whip up when I have extra bananas on hand.

They are perfectly moist, a little cakey and they are easy enough to grab and go and bring with you to work or school.

Now let’s run through the key ingredients needed for these gluten-free, nut-free and vegan banana bread bars..

  • Bananas (of course). The more spotty the better. Since bananas are our primary source of sweetness/sugar in this recipe, the spottier the banana the sweeter it will be.
  • Flax egg or pasture-raised eggs
  • Melted coconut oil. Or you can use melted butter of ghee if you’d like to use a dairy-based option. All work perfectly!
  • Rolled oats. You can use sprouted or quick oats too. I haven’t tried steel cut but they’d likely work too.
  • Coconut flour. I haven’t tested another flour here, please sub at your own risk.

You’ll notice there is no added sugar in these banana oatmeal bars.

I try to limit added sugars for most of Ezra’s food. Of course there is a time and place for sugar (hello all I do is bake cookies and brownies for my own consumption). But I have found that these bars are sweet enough on their own for breakfast and Ezra loves them. You can absolutely add some maple syrup if you wish. I also make these Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oatmeal Bars (vegan) when I want a sweeter one with some extra chocolate.

Feel free to store these in the fridge for a week or you can freeze them for longer. I love adding some nut butter on top or some yogurt with a sprinkle of granola for breakfast or snack.

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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (nut-free)

breakfast banana bread bars

Healthy Banana Bread Oatmeal Breakfast Bars made with all gluten-free, nut-free and vegan ingredients. These are an easy go-to breakfast for the whole family and they are perfect for kids too!

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3 medium spotty bananas
  • 2 flax eggs made with 2 tablespoons ground flax + 5 tablespoons water (or sub 2 pasture-raised eggs)
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or sub ghee or butter for dairy version)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour**
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish well
  2. Mash the bananas in the large bowl then mix in the flax eggs, oil and vanilla and combine until creamy
  3. Mix in the oats, coconut flour, baking powder and cinnamon until fully combined
  4. Add to baking dish and bake for 20-22 minutes
  5. Slice into 9 bars once cooled and enjoy!

Notes

*Top with creamy nut or seed butter or yogurt if desired

*Store in fridge for 1 week or freezer for longer

**I haven’t tested other flours

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Rachel!! I am wondering if u think I could add some vital proteins vanilla collagen powder in this — not sure if you think the flavors would clash or not — Just thought I could try and sneak some extra protein and nutrients in for the family.

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