Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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I hate doing the same things over and over again.

Repeating myself because you didn’t listen to me the first time I said that awesome thing I said. Getting up after just having sat down because I forgot my water on the counter. Painting my nails AGAIN because I always seem to paint them when I am the most antsy I could ever possibly be. Laundry. Hearing the same commercial on three different radio stations, play some tunes man!

But, there are exceptions.

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Playing my song obsession of the moment twice in a row. Or three times, who’s counting? Finding an adorable outfit and wearing it twice in the same week. Rewinding a part in a movie that made you laugh so hard you almost peed just so you can almost pee again! Playing that level of Angry Birds until you get all three stars.

And most importantly, making a recipe that you just LOVE over and over again. And in my kitchen, that’s a pretty big deal. Recipes rarely get a repeat performance. So many recipes, so little time.

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But once in a while I make something delicious that I can’t stop thinking about. Like these bars.

Soft and chewy oatmeal bars with a great hit of banana flavor, speckled with chocolate chips, baked and served warm. Don’t let the oatmeal fool you, these are breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, if you ask me! Customize them to your liking: add peanut butter cups/chips, toss in some nuts, top with ice cream, whatever you like!

Make these and eat them. Then make them again. Then eat them again. Again. What a lovely vicious cycle.

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Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Yield about 12-16 servings


1 very ripe banana (mine was 115 g)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup all purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8″ glass baking dish with foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork and then add the oil and brown sugar. With a whisk, mix well until there are no sugar lumps left.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and oats until combined. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients with a rubber spatula until combined. Fold in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

Pat batter down evenly into the prepared pan with the rubber spatula. Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges are golden and the center looks set. Let cool before cutting into squares. Or throw caution to the wind and eat them warm straight from the pan. Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from Eat, Live Run


19 thoughts on “Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

  1. Oh yum! Definitely trying these. I love the simple ingredient list, the recipes with basic ingredients that I’m sure to always have on hand are the most popular in my kitchen. Hopefully I can add this to my list of go-to’s 🙂

  2. A says:

    I made these today with whole wheat flour and added peanut butter (melted, stirred it in with the sugar/oil/banana mixture)–delicious! I think I can even substitute the oil and sugar for peanut butter and call it a healthy breakfast!

    • Jen, I think a metal pan will work great! I just prefer to use a glass one for this recipe. I’m weird 😉 It shouldn’t yield any different results!

  3. MrsBucket says:

    Substitute unsweetened applesauce for the oil, and 1/4 cup of honey plus two Tablespoons of molasses for the brown sugar, use whole wheat pastry flour, and the rest of the ingredients the same for a healthier version. Maybe some dried fruit next time. And I love the idea of adding peanut butter!

  4. I was looking for an oatmeal banana bar recipe and I’m so glad I found yours! I did substitute almond butter for the oil, and it worked out nicely. This will definitely be a new favorite in the house. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I made these over the weekend because I happened to have everything on the ingredient list and these came out amazing! The cooking time was accurate, they didn’t dry out or were mush in the middle. Adding some dried cranberries to my batch (along with the chocolate chips) worked out well too. I will be making these again soon!

  6. christine mayfield says:

    I just made these with applesauce instead of oil and quick oats because it was all I had. The kids love it! They said it tastes like banana bread.

  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It’s so quickly and easily done, moreover it’s quite healthy with the rolled oats, and it’s delicious! Everybody loved it 🙂

  8. eva says:

    I add blueberries, cut them, and store in the freezer; they don’t get hard but are refreshing and the flavors really come out!

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