Healthy Banana Oat Power Bars

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Banana oatmeal energy bars made with chopped walnuts and raisins. These bars made for a perfect pre-workout snack.

Have you ever made a “healthy” bread/bar/muffin recipe and after one bite said, “hmmm… this is good but it’d be much better with some almond butter.” Yeah… I’m pretty sure we’ve all done it. Am I right?

Nut butters do make everything better, but I’m going to start this by saying that this is not one of those recipes. These bars are delicious — no peanut/sunflower/almond butter necessary.

Healthy Banana Oat Power Bars.

I made them for two reasons: 1.) I’m going glamping this weekend for a friend’s bachelorette party and wanted to bring a little snickety snack to share with the girls and 2.) Isaac will be on his own this weekend and sometimes he forgets to eat. <— I know, I don’t understand it either. That said, I thought it might be a good idea to leave him with a few bars to snack on while I’m away. Such a good wife.

Healthy Banana Oat Power Bars on a piece of parchment paper.

I first learned about this amazing recipe at the Runner’s World Half & Festival. For one of the blogger lunches we ate a bunch of different things from The Runner’s World Cookbook and these Banana Oat Energy Bars were on the menu. They were one of my favorite things I ate that weekend! Once home I made a batch of the bars for my cousin right after she had her baby since she and her husband needed all the energy they could get.

Healthy Banana Oat Power Bars on a piece of parchment paper.

Despite the changes, the bars turned out to be just as good as the original recipe. They have a nice hearty texture and thick (almost crunchy) edges, yet they’re still plenty sweet and moist. Speaking of the crunchy edges — they’re my favorite part about these bars. I’m almost tempted to buy a just the edges brownie pan so I can make them in it.

Like I mention, these bars are absolutely delicious on their own (no toppings necessary). And they’re great for snacking or fueling a workout because they’re portable and packed with healthy ingredients (unlike many store-bought energy bars). While I don’t have any children around to test out this theory, I’m almost certain that kids will gobble them right up. If you make them and share them with your kiddos, be sure to let me know if my hypothesis is right. 🙂

Banana Oat Power Bars

5 from 1 vote
Banana oatmeal energy bars made with chopped walnuts and raisins. These bars made for a perfect pre-workout snack. 
Healthy Banana Oat Power Bars.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted, (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar, (or cane sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour, (or 1/2 cup whole wheat flour + 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Prep oven: Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat an 8" x 8” square baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Toast walnuts: Spread the walnuts on an ungreased baking sheet or stone and toast in oven for 5 to 8 minutes, or until toasty and fragrant.
  • Mix wet ingredients: While the walnuts are toasting, mash the bananas in a medium sized bowl. Add the remaining wet ingredients: oil, apple sauce, sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  • Combine dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oats, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda. Add the banana (wet) mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the toasted walnuts and raisins, being careful not to overmix.
  • Bake: Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is browned and a toothpick inserted comes out nearly clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar Calories: 172kcal Carbohydrates: 24g Protein: 3g Fat: 8g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 13g
Cuisine: American
Keyword: power bars

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    32 comments
    1. Jennie
      October 16, 2020 AT 8:49 pm

      5 stars
      Banana Oat Power Bars Are delicious. I didn’t have applesauce so I used pumpkin and they still are moist and tasty.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 17, 2020 AT 3:20 pm

        Yay!! So glad these bars were a hit. Thanks for making them and for sharing that pumpkin worked as a sub for the applesauce. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it!

    2. Lisa
      April 1, 2020 AT 6:57 pm

      I would love to make these, curious though, can they be frozen? thanks!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 1, 2020 AT 9:37 pm

        Hey Lisa! Yes, they are freezer-friendly!

    3. David
      July 26, 2014 AT 8:57 pm

      I made this with my 4 year old niece. We added coconut flakes, used almonds as well as walnuts, used wheat germ as well as flour (which she and I both like), and went heavy on the applesauce and banana. She (and I) absolutely loved it in the mixing bowl, and afterward when it had cooled from the oven!

    4. Grace
      July 10, 2014 AT 4:46 am

      Used the beautifully browned bananas that have been sitting on my counter to make these tonight! Love the combination of nutritious vegan ingredients you chose – coconut oil, oats, applesauce, and my new favorite find… coconut sugar! They came out thick and moist with a wonderful caramel-y flavor. I didn’t have any raisins so I put in a tablespoon of dark chocolate chunks and a few peanut butter chips, which I know the kiddos won’t mind 🙂 Perfect energy-packed snack for my daughter to take to her 6 hour gymnastic practices. Thank you!

    5. Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 8, 2014 AT 10:38 am

      Lee told me to come by and I’m so happy I did! These look awesome. Also I totally feel ya on feeding the boys when you’re not around. Like it actually blows my mind when my bf tells me he forgot to eat lunch that day. I’m like whaaaat? I think I would die if I ever did that!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 8, 2014 AT 11:18 am

        Thank you Davida! It’s great to “meet” you.

        Oh boys! 🙂

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