These banana oat bars are packed with flavor and have the most amazing texture. They are low in fat and make for a balanced and tasty grab-and-go breakfast or snack!
If you love oats and you love bananas you are about to go BANANAS over these oat bars. Too punny? No such thing? 😂 I’ll stop while I’m ahead. I don’t know why I haven’t thought about combining two of my favorite breakfast items together before. How you can you go wrong with oats and bananas?
Out of all the other oat bars I have made before (like the Bo-Berry Oat Bars and the Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake) I was surprised to find that these were a bit less “cakey” and therefore, less crumbly than the others I had made. I have a good feeling a lot of it has to do with using the yogurt instead of the applesauce or pumpkin, which was interesting to see. But also a cool find because the fact that they ARE less crumbly means they make for a killer grab-and-go breakfast or snack. One that doesn’t leave crumbs all down your lap and down your shirt that is. 😂
WHAT YOU NEED
- Quick oats
- Protein powder – I used PEScience Snickerdoodle (You can save 10% on PEScience products with my affiliate code LaurenFitFoodie)
- Nonfat Greek yogurt
- Banana extract – you can replace with vanilla if you must, but the banana flavor is SO GOOD!
- Sugar-free pancake syrup – I used Walden Farm’s pancake syrup
WHAT TO EAT WITH
I am a huge fan of slathering on a huge blob of nut butter on top of these bars. Nut butter + banana + oats is just straight up heaven to me! Here are some of my suggestions:
- With nut butter on top
- With cream cheese or whipped cream cheese on top
- Adding chocolate chips (or PB chips!) to the mix or topping before putting in the oven
- Crumbled up on top of a yogurt bowl (totally underrated combo here)
- Pancake syrup on top – sounds weird but trust me 😉
- With pbfit and sugar free jelly on top – kind of like a Pb&jelly oat bar!
- Eating alongside your eggs, yogurt, and fruit for breakfast!
CAN THESE BARS BE MADE VEGAN OR GLUTEN-FREE?
For gluten-free oat bars, it’s easy, just sub normal quick oats for gluten-free oats.
For vegan oat bars:
- Sub protein powder for a vegan protein powder, like PEScience Gourmet Vanilla
- Sub sugar-free pancake syrup for pure, organic maple syrup
- Sub yogurt for coconut milk yogurt or even pumpkin/unsweetened applesauce!
- Sub egg for flax egg
HOW TO STORE
Once bars have cooled, place them in the refrigerator overnight. This will allow the flavors to come out more and bring about a more banana cinnamon flavor. The moisture also allows the bars to become more dense and moist, which makes them taste best in my opinion!
CAN YOU FREEZE?
Yes! If you plan to freeze, let the bars cool, then cut into 8 bars. Wrap each bar individually in wax paper then place all the bars in a freezer-safe ziplock bag. The bars will stay good for 3-4 months.
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