These Easy Banana Oat Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly and make the perfect snack. Grab the kids and try this recipe today!
*Originaly published in Jan 2017. Updated Mar 2021*
These Easy Banana Oat Bars are a kid favorite around here and they’re so darn easy. Plus they’re the perfect recipe for having the kids help! You guys know I’m a huge proponent of kids in the kitchen! I’ve got a whole roundup of Kid-Friendly Baking Recipes if you’re looking for a place to start.
We make these Banana Oatmeal Bars fairly frequently because they’re pretty forgiving. They don’t require exact measurements and always taste good. Plus I always have ripe bananas on hand. Looking for other banana recipes? These Lentil Banana Muffins are another favorite.
So what ingredients do you need for these banana breakfast bars?
- Bananas – The riper the better because we don’t add a ton of added sugar to this recipe.
- Oats – Rolled oats work best. Instant oat will change the texture.
- Peanut Butter – Adds some healthy fats and boosts the protein content.
- Maple syrup – Depending on how ripe your bananas are, you can adjust how much maple syrup you need.
- Egg, Baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate chips
As you can see, there’s nothing fancy and you probably have all these ingredients on hand already!
Banana Oat Bars
My hope is these posts and videos will encourage you guys to grab your kiddos, head to the kitchen to make these healthy banana oat breakfast bars and make some beautifully messy memories!
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Easy Banana Oat Bars
These Easy Banana Oat Bars are gluten-free, kid-friendly and make the perfect snack.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 8x8 or 9x9 pan 1x
- 3/4 cup ripe bananas
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2–4 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Mash bananas in a bowl.
- Add oats, peanut butter, maple syrup and egg and mix well.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
- Pour into a 9×9 baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 375 for 18 minutes.
- Let cool, cut and serve.
This recipe is very forgiving. A little extra banana or oats won’t hurt. You can leave out the maple syrup or chocolate chips if you want.
Super easy. This recipe is very forgiving. I usually just use 2-3 bananas and don’t measure. Anywhere from 1.5-2 cups of oats is fine, it doesn’t have to be exact. You can leave out the maple syrup if your bananas are super ripe.
Do your kids help you in the kitchen? What’s your favorite thing to make?