Banana Oat Bars

One of John's coworkers has taken notice of all the random baked goods he brings to work with him for snack time, and asked when I was going to make something for John to bring in and share. He gave me a challenge.

I challenge you to make me something that's tasty and ridiculously healthy. Pack it full of fiber so that I don't realize it until its too late!

I can't not take a challenge!! So I think I'll be making a batch of these to send in with John next week... what do you think... enough fiber for him??


I'm in love with this recipe and this has been tweaked thanks to my friend Niki (not the original Nikki of the recipe...), she was out of almonds to make almond flour so she used whole wheat, and she didn't have rolled oats so used quick oats... they came out with a better texture than the original if you ask me! I can't wait to send them in with John and see how everyone likes them :D

Banana Oat Bars
These are adapted from 101 cookbooks Nikki's cookies.

3 large, ripe bananas (the browner the better!), well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 cups quick oats
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup flax seeds
1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & sweetened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cherries or other dried fruit of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the top third.

In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, and apple sauce. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, flour, flax seeds, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks and dried fruit. Press the mixture into a greased 8" stoneware pan and cooked them for about 30 minutes. I cut them into 12 bars.

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23 chews:

Stephanie said...

Fiber packed, for sure...and delicious, too, I'll bet!! Peace, Stephanie

Lisa said...

I made the cookies last month and thought they turned out well. Unfortunately I only had semi-sweet chocolate, and definitely think dark would be better!

Thanks for sharing this recipe, I think I'll have to try it!

Sunshine said...

These sound yummy, but could the banana be substituted out? Maybe pumpkin? I'm just not a banana eater unless it's in banoffee pie.

stephchows said...

Stephanie- they are so tasty too!

Lisa- I love the dark chocolate in them for sure! And I'm loving the texture of this version!

Sunshine- funny you ask! I was wondering the same thing, but we are out of pumpkin here!! So I haven't had a chance to try, as soon as I find some I'm going to make them that way for sure :D

Megan said...

These look awesome! I bet you could add some bran and pack even a little more fiber in there! Fiber and protein are probably the only two things I pay attention to when picking out snacks and such.

Jennifer said...

These sound like the perfect snack bar! whole grain galore! Im thinking a great preworkout snack!

Megan said...

I'm always looking for a healthy snack I can pick in the teenagers lunch. This looks perfect!

Mags said...

These look so delicious Steph! There's enough fiber in those to move anyone (if you catch my drift)

Cherine said...

These looks deliciouuus!!! thanks for sharing

Kat said...

these look so good, and nice and sneaky, packed full of all this stuff that's good for you, I think they'll definitely do the trick :)

They sound excellent! So thick and chunky and packed with goodness.

Wow, they look and sounds yummy! Did you analyze how much fiber is in them? If you want, I can run it on nutritional analysis software and let you know the breakdown. :)

Nice creation!

Georgie Fear, RD
www.AskGeorgie.com

Maria said...

Love this recipe. I always have bananas to use up!

Special K said...

I am making these, but grilling the naner first...giving it a carmelized taste!

stephchows said...

glad you all are liking these!! sorry i've been bad at responding to comments life has been a bit crazy!!

Georgia I'd love you to run an analysis on these! I'll go hit up your site!!

Okay, I am not sure if you used ground flaxseed or whole...

If you used whole flaxseed: 179 calories, 6 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 30 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 4 g protein

If you used milled flaxseed: 172 calories, 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 29 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 4 g protein.

Other highlights: each bar provides 42% DV manganese, 11% DV selenium, 11% DV magnesium, 9% DV vitamin B6, 9% DV thiamin, 9% DV phosphorus, and 7% DV iron.

So they are vitamin and mineral rich too, and of course zero cholesterol.

:)

Georgie Fear RD
www.AskGeorgie.com

stephchows said...

Georgia!! You rock! Thanks so much! I used whole flax seeds so it would be the first one you wrote. thank you!!

Anne said...

These banana bars were DELISH and a nice change from my usual banana bread. My kids asked for seconds and thought I was so awesome when I told them to go for it. ;) Thanks for the great recipe.

stephchows said...

anne i'm so glad you and your kids loved these!!

stephchows said...

anne i'm so glad you and your kids loved these!!

Anne said...

These banana bars were DELISH and a nice change from my usual banana bread. My kids asked for seconds and thought I was so awesome when I told them to go for it. ;) Thanks for the great recipe.

Special K said...

I am making these, but grilling the naner first...giving it a carmelized taste!

Cherine said...

These looks deliciouuus!!! thanks for sharing

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