Cinnamon Oatmeal Banana Bread Bars

Updated: May 10

Recipe by Sarah Ottino (@veganrecipesandvibes). This post contains Affiliate links.

Yield: 16 bars | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 45 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

The perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert for your whole-foods-plant-based or vegan diet! I ate these all weekend during my camping trip and the extra calorie and protein boost really came in handy during my 14 miles of hiking. These are gluten free, oil free, soy free, and refined sugar free. You can even leave out the maple syrup or agave nectar if your bananas are ripe enough, especially if you choose to use some flavored vegan protein powder. These oatmeal banana bread bars are pretty dense but still fluffy, and are packed with lots of beneficial nutrients!


Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened nut milk

  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave nectar

  • 2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsbp cinnamon

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (optional)

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts

  • Protein option: add a serving of your favorite vegan protein powder (I used 2 scoops of Orgain Vanilla Protein Powder)

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.

  • Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.

  • In a large mixing bowl, smash the bananas with a fork.

  • Whisk in the plant milk and syrup.

  • Add the dry ingredients and mix evenly.

  • Pour the batter into the prepped baking dish.

  • Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is browned.

  • Remove from the oven and let it rest in the baking dish for 30 minutes.

  • Remove from the baking dish and slice into 16 bars.

  • Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:

  • You won't be able to use the "toothpick trick" for these since the middle will be slightly gooey. It'll harden up as it cools.

  • Even though it's an added dry ingredient, the protein powder doesn't really affect this recipe - I tried it both ways and they turned out very similar.

  • This is a fairly fool-proof recipe, so you can play around with the ingredients! Don't care for sunflower seeds? Try using pumpkin seeds instead, or simply leave them out. Not a fan of cacao? Try using a big scoop of natural peanut butter.

  • Store these in an air-tight container for up to 5 days (I like to store mine in the fridge since I prefer my banana bread to be chilled).

Nutrition & Servings: (calculated by MyFitnessPal)

With Orgain Protein Powder:

  • Servings: 1 bar (yields 16 bars)

  • Calories: 107

  • Total Fat: 3g

  • Carbs: 17g

  • Protein: 4g

Without Orgain Protein Powder:

  • Servings: 1 bar (yields 16 bars)

  • Calories: 97

  • Total Fat: 3g

  • Carbs: 16g

  • Protein: 2g

^ Nutrition facts include the ingredients listed above. Nutrition facts may change slightly if different quantities of ingredients are used or added.


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