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Banana Nut Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-28 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes
  • Yield: 9 Bars 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Diet: Vegan


Healthy and brimming with feel-good ingredients, these delicious Banana Nut Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are the perfect on-the-go treat when you need something fast and satisfying.



Dry Ingredients:

  • 3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons maple sugar (or date sugar, coconut sugar) *
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon (+/-)
  • Pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • Pinch ginger powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt * 

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 medium ripe bananas (2 cups mashed)
  • ½ cup natural unsweetened peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon molasses * 

Other Optional Ingredients:

  • ½ to ¾ cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the oven rack in the center position.
  2. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Place all the remaining Dry Ingredients into the bowl, whisk until well combined.
  4. Place the bananas into a medium-sized bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. It’s perfectly fine to have some very small chunks of bananas remaining. The bananas should look like pudding after thoroughly mashing.
  5. Add the all the remaining Wet Ingredients to the mashed bananas and mix well to evenly distribute all the ingredients.
  6. Add the Oat Mixture to the Banana Mixture, stir well for several minutes until all the ingredients are well mixed and incorporated.
  7. Stir in the chopped walnuts (see notes)*, then transfer the mixture to the parchment paper lined 8×8 baking pan.  Press down to create a level, even surface.
  8. Place in a preheated 350 F oven for 25 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for at least one hour to firm up, then loosen the edges not covered by parchment paper using a thin-bladed knife, score, cut, serve, and enjoy.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used. 

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  9