Banana Oat Bars

If you’re anything like me, you have a bunch of overripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter at the moment. I’m the only one who eats bananas around our home so occasionally I forget about them until they’re a little too brown to be eaten. Therefore, I find I am constantly looking for recipes to use the last of those nobody-wants-to-eat-bananas!

banana oat bars copyI came across this recipe from The Lean Green Bean and have now made these bars a handful of times! I love it! They are easy and quick to make and they offer a lighter alternative to banana bread. Oh, and they are gluten-free! I have passed this recipe onto many friends who loved it! One friend uses these bars as a replacement for store-bought granola bars in her kids lunches! So it’s kid approved too! My favourite way to enjoy these bars? Fresh from the oven with a little Nutella drizzled on the top, need I say more?



Banana Oat Bars


1 cup mashed bananas (I find I typically use 3 small ripe bananas)
1 + 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
2-4 tbsp maple syrup
1 large egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas.
  3. Add in the oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, and egg. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add in baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate chips. Mix until well combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Let bars cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Recipe Source: The Lean Green Bean


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