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Banana Breakfast Bars are an easy breakfast or snack with real ingredients and flavor. They’re a copycat of the bars you buy, but homemade so they’re better for you and cheaper too!

This time of year I’m really trying watch what I eat…and not just as I’m eating it. These Banana Breakfast Bars are helping me do that!


Banana Breakfast Bars are a combination granola bar, banana bread, and blondie all in one. Lighter than all 3, it's a perfect snack!

I don’t believe in the word “diet”. I’ve done so many diets and they all fail, which ultimately leads me to feeling bad about myself. For me it’s about lifestyle: exercise, portion control, making good choices, and satisfying cravings (within reason).

Some people are able to cut full food groups out of their diet with seemingly no problems. My husband has done Whole 30 or some variation off an on for almost a year now. I know some people that give up carbs or dairy or wheat or whatever and are perfectly happy. Others can do juice cleanses and fasts to reset their bodies. I’m not one of those people.

I’ve tried to say “I won’t eat dessert” or “I won’t drink during the week.” Those fail within 2 days, and then I’m angry at myself…again. And giving up carbs? No one wants that. My family encourages me to eat carbs. Carb-free Dorothy is not a very nice person. Also? Why live if you can’t have a cookie now and again? I don’t understand why someone would want to live a life without what they love. Everything in moderation is how I like to live.

Unfortunately, my definition of moderation has changed over the last few months. Ahem.

Therefore, as we get into a new year and the inevitable weight loss and resolutions hit, I’m going to resolve to cut myself some slack. I’m going to try and eat more fruits and vegetables. I’m going to try and eat more protein. And I’m going to try and limit how many desserts I have in a day (hard, with this job).

But the one thing I can’t limit? My after workout snack. And breakfast. I need breakfast, and after my workout I need to eat. That’s where these breakfast bars come in.

Banana Breakfast Bars are a combination granola bar, banana bread, and blondie all in one. Lighter than all 3, it's a perfect snack!

For a long time I bought breakfast bars at the grocery store. Then I realized that I was paying $4.50 for 5 bars or some ridiculous amount, and the bars weren’t even that good. Also? They’re filled with ingredients I don’t recognize. I’m much more satisfied if I eat something I like, that’s homemade, than something packaged.

So I decided to make my own.

Why You Need To Make Banana Breakfast Bars

These bars are a cross between a granola bar and a banana bread/blondie. I actually combined my mom’s banana bread with my base blondie recipe to create something a little bit on the lighter side of both.

I reduced the amount of butter and used oil instead. You can also use vegetable or coconut oil. Combined with 2 overripe bananas and an egg, you get a good bar base. A little brown sugar goes in for sweetening, and the binding is done with whole wheat flour and old fashioned oats.

Yes, these have sugar and carbs. But even though my husband does whole 30/paleo, I don’t and I don’t think you come here expecting that. These bars are a great way to satisfy a little carb craving without breaking the bank. I mean…if I wasn’t trying to be good I’d reach for a doughnut or a scone. These are way better than that!

Banana Breakfast Bars with a peanut butter drizzle in a single layer on a platter

How To Make Breakfast Bars From Scratch?

  1. By substituting butter for oil, I’ve made these a bit heart healthier. Vegetable oil is recognized as a healthier fat than butter by the American Heart Association.
  2. Using whole wheat flour makes these better than anything with white flour.
  3. The old fashioned oats give a nice texture.
  4. The bars you buy have a peanut butter drizzle, so I added that to these. You can skip, of course, or add some peanut butter chips or mini chocolate chips to the bars for extra flavor.

How to Store Breakfast Bars Recipe

They last about 2 days on the counter, or you can freeze them for a quick snack. That’s what I like to do, after my workout, with a cup of coffee and some apple slices. It gets me to lunch, where I’m not so hungry I eat the kitchen.

I don’t think eating the kitchen constitutes moderation. Oh, how I wish it did. I have lots of chocolate hidden in there…

Stack of Banana Breakfast Bars

Banana Breakfast Bars

3.96 from 153 votes
An easy, fast, healthy breakfast or snack! These banana breakfast bars are a cross between a granola bar and a banana blondie! Banana Breakfast Bars are an easy breakfast or snack with real ingredients and flavor. They're a copycat of the bars you buy, but homemade so they're better for you and cheaper too!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 9 -12 bars, depending on size
Serving Size 1 bar (1/9 of recipe)


  • 2 medium bananas spotted ones that are a little past their prime
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips optional
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8” or 9x9” pan with nonstick cooking spray. (Line it with foil first for easy removal, if desired.)
  • Place bananas in a large bowl. Mash them with a fork or potato masher until just small chunks remain. Stir in oil and brown sugar with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. Add egg, vanilla, and salt, and stir until combined. Stir in baking soda. Add flour and oats and stir until mixed, some lumps will remain. Spread in prepared pan.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes until browned around the edges and not jiggly in the center. Cool completely. Slice into bars.
  • Optional drizzle: melt white chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small microwave safe bowl (on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring between each). Place melted chocolate in a small ziploc bag with the tip cut off and drizzle over bars.
  • Enjoy within 2 days or freeze for up to one month. I like to freeze them and then reheat as needed, since they don’t last very long on the counter.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1bar (1/9 of recipe) | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 148g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Fiber: 28g | Sugar: 2g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

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Last Updated on December 22, 2020

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  1. Wow!!!! Your banana breakfast bars are sensational! I just made them for the first time, gave my husband a couple of squares and he said, “are these for dessert?”
    They are so good they may not last until breakfast!
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  2. These are delicious! I don’t add any extra sugar at all because usually my bananas are so ripe they’re sweet enough! Then, I add a generous serving of pumpkin pie spice (a mix of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg) to the batter and mix well before baking. My husband keeps asking for more! Thank you 🙂

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  3. I’ve been using this recipe for whole summer now. It’s great and super easy to follow. Thank you very much. The only tweak that I did is substituted sugar with erythritol. Same amount, and it tastes just right.

  4. WOW these are delicious! I feel bad for people who have never tried lol. Needless to say, they are my go-to!! My 4 year old son loves them as well.

    Thank you!

  5. Excellent recipe! Delicious!! 🙂 It reminds me of the banana bread that my Mom makes every year for the holidays. I love the added touch of the melted, drizzled white chocolate and peanut butter on top.

    I also added 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

    I’ll definitely be making it again! Thanks for posting this recipe!!