Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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These healthy bars can be made ahead of time, making a convenient and nutritious “on the go” breakfast. The original recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction – she uses chocolate chips and more peanut butter, but I wanted something a bit more “breakfast-y” and less “chocolate-y”. You could easily add in chocolate chips, raisins or any kind of nuts, if you want something a bit more exciting. However, they are still uber-delicious with plain-jane banana and peanut butter.

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Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter


1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a food processor, process 1 cup rolled oats until the oats are in small pieces (stop short of it making oat flour).

3. Combine all ingredients and stir well. Let mixture sit for a few minutes, so oats can absorb the liquid.

4. Pour into parchment-lined 8 x 8 pan.

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let it cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.


Bars will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.



  1. This looks amazing. Do you think it’s okay to substitute the molasses for maple syrup or agave?

    1. Maple syrup will definitely work – I use that often. i haven’t try agave, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t. Honey would work for non-vegans.

  2. What a great dish – great for on-the-go breakfasts or mid-run snacks!

  3. Yum! These look great. I made oatmeal and banana cookies recently that are similar in ingredients, but I love the idea of making them as bars for breakfast!

    1. I’ve tried a few different variations, including vegan breakfast cookies. But I really like the bars.

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