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Banana Breakfast Bars Recipe

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 Time15 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 5


  • 2 medium bananas spotted ones that are a little past their prime
  • ¼ cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup (62g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (80g) old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup (43g) white chocolate chips optional
  • 1 tablespoon (17g) 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.


  • 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.
  • Using whole wheat flour makes these better than anything with white flour.
  • The old fashioned oats give a nice texture.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1bar (1/9 of recipe) | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg