Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

It’s an exciting day! I have another recipe video for you, this time for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with Banana and Honey. Healthy, filling, and absolutely delicious!

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with Banana and Honey are actually one of the oldest, best-loved recipes on my site, so much so that I wanted to show you them in action. Watch the below video for a step-by-step of how to make this recipe!

These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are healthy, ultra filling, and so easy to make, many of my readers have written to let me know they often bake them with their kids.

The origin of this recipe is my friend Elisabeth, who created it in a desperate quest to find an oatmeal breakfast bar that would keep her first-year medical-resident husband full for the hours he had to endure between breaks at the hospital. She offered me one while Ben and I were visiting her in Nashville, and I was simultaneously hooked and FULL. Oatmeal Breakfast Bars been a regular in our recipe rotation ever since.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with Honey. Healthy and will keep you FULL for hours.

These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars combine the three musketeers of peanut butter, banana, and oatmeal. I also took the liberty of swapping out the agave Elisabeth uses for honey, because I love its flavor with the peanut butter and banana. It’s a combo that’s comforting, homey, and classic in the best possible way.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with Peanut Butter Banana and Honey
The texture of Oatmeal Breakfast Bars is noticeably denser than banana bread, but they are not dry or crunchy like a granola bar either. They are hearty, filling, and absolutely delectable. I love eating one warmed up for breakfast with extra sliced bananas on top, and a few bites post-workout keep me going until dinner.

Final selling points: Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are easy, fast, and flexible. Elisabeth is a busy mom with two toddlers and the last person you will find fussing over a recipe. Simply stir together the dry and wet ingredients, pour them into a pan, and bake. You can swap the banana for different fresh or dried fruits or try a different nut butter instead of peanut butter (I used this same base recipe to make Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars). Oatmeal Breakfast Bars can also be frozen for up to four months. Go big and bake them in bulk.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with Banana and Honey. Healthy, filling, and absolutely delicious! Kids love this easy recipe!

Whether you are seeking to survive a shift at the hospital, your 8 a.m. meeting, or looking for an easy snack your kids will love, these portable, tasty, and super-satisfying Oatmeal Breakfast Bars will keep you powered for hours.

Thanks for reading and watching! Like seeing recipes in action? You can subscribe to Well Plated on You Tube. Don’t miss my video for Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and my blog’s intro video too!

Tools I used to make this recipe:

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are a healthy, filling, and absolutely delicious! With peanut butter, banana, honey, and oatmeal, these yummy bars will keep you powered for hours. These breakfast bars are easy to make, can be frozen for up to four months, and are great for snacks too.

Yield: 8 large bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond, but any kind will do nicely)
  • 3 tablespoons honey*
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (creamy or crunchy—I used natural creamy)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium banana, quartered and diced

Directions:

  1. Place rack in the center reheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat an 8x8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In a separate large bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, egg, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir to combine . The batter will be very wet. Fold in the diced banana, then pour into the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes or until thickened and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool, cut into bars, and serve.
*As the recipe is written, these bars are very lightly sweet. If you prefer a sweeter bar, increase the honey to 4-5 tablespoons. Storage: Once cooled, bars can be wrapped individually in plastic and kept in the refrigerator for 5 days or frozen in a zip-top bag for up to 4 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours before serving. For a larger yield, increase the ingredient quantities by 1.5 and bakes in a 9x13 inch pan for 25-30 minutes. Nutritional Information: Servings: 1 (of 8) | Calories: 210 | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 407mg | Carbohydrates: 37g | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 5g | Protein: 7g
Recipe adapted from my friend Elisabeth

Once again, a huge thank you to my videographer Andrew. If you live in the Milwaukee area and need production assistance, check him out!

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

191 comments

  1. I am going to have to make a batch of these. They look perfect for an ever on-the-go person like me!

  2. I NEED THAT BBQ. The fact that it’s in styrofoam and eaten at a picnic tables makes it 100 times better!
    I also need these oatmeal bars. The whole “i forgot to eat” thing is totally a foreign concept for me too. I need all the snacks. At hourly intervals. It’s ridiculous.

  3. These look delicious! I’m with you on needing food every couple hours or I transform into a cranky beast!

  4. Love your Nashville highlights! I’m taking my boyfriend for the first time soon, definitely going have to hit up that BBQ to give him an authentic American experience ;)

  5. These bars look delish! They are the perfect on the go breakfast!
    It looks like you had fun in Nashville!!

  6. I’ve never understood people that “forget” to eat. How??? Mind-boggling. These are perfect for me right now, as I’m currently on a health kick, especially when it comes to breakfast, lunch and snacks. (I tend to still eat whatever I want at dinner!) Lately I’ve just been having whole-wheat toast with avocado and a soft-boiled egg, but something a little sweet would be a much needed change. Pinning and making these this weekend!

  7. LOVE the photo of the two of yall fooling around in front of the guitar! Yall are an adorable couple Erin! Thanks for shairing these bars – 6hrs of feeling full is enough for me to give these a go! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    xxx’s

  8. I know exactly what you mean about needing to eat *all* the time! I feel like I’m always hungry and am packing multiple snacks (because the absolute worst thing is being hungry with no food, right?!). These oatmeal breakfast bars look amazing and if they would actually fill me up…even better! Thanks for sharing, Erin!

  9. Six hours? I must try these. Bananas and oats is where it is at for me!

  10. Whenever I watch “stranded” movies I think, there is NO way I would make it past a few days. Even watching Survivor makes my stomach start growling. These breakfasts bars sound amazing. Can’t beat the banana, peanut butter & oatmeal combo : )

  11. These look so good…my daughter would love grabbing one of these on her way out over the boxed ones she takes now! Any chance either you or your friend have made these with quick vs. old fashioned oats? I have a ton to use up if they would work. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Julie! Great question: quick oats will be totally fine. Your bars will be a bit softer (rolled oats have a heartier texture), but they will still taste great. I hope you and your daughter both loved them! Now that these are in my life, I’ve called off the box too :)

      • For the breakfast bars how long should I wait to serve them?

        • Hi Rachel! They longer they cool, the cleaner they will cut. If you don’t mind risking a few crumbs, you should be fine after about half hour. Placing them in the refrigerator once the pan has cooled off a bit will speed up the process too.

  12. I need these in my life! These look so good and healthy! Looks like you had a fab time in Nashville!

  13. could i leave out the peanut butter? my boys are allergic, it looks as though it’s only there for flavor……but these look yummy

    • Hi Cathy! You can definitely leave out the PB. It’s completely optional and there for flavo + a bit of extra protein. If you like, you can stir in other mix-ins your boys enjoy, such as dried fruit, chocolate chips, or another nut to which they might not be allergic. Hope you guys love them as much as we do!!

  14. Breakfast bars that keep you full all morning long?! Sign me up!

  15. Pinned! One of my favorite sandwiches is an open faced one with peanut butter, banana, and honey. What a perfect snack!

  16. Hahahaha Erin, I was laughing during the beginning of this post because I’m the exact same way! I am always so confused when people “forget” to eat. I don’t understand! Every word you said was my life. Haha these look awesome! I definitely want to make them ASAP! They would be perfect for my post-marathon training long runs! I love the flavor combo! :)

    • Erin, these would be amazing for marathon training! You could even throw in some extra PB for an additional boost. If you try them, I’d love to hear what you think!

  17. Okay so obviously during my future life as a medical resident, I need these bars!! Because no patient wants me to treat them while I’m hangry…it will not end well.

    • Joanne, you definitely need these bars in your future life (and I might put in a plug for your current life too!) They’ll give you amazing stamina :) I know the “hangry” feeling too well–it’s out of our control, so let’s pack snacks!

  18. These look like the perfect pick me up snack. Especially for those of us who need to eat every 2 hours. You’re not the only one, but for me it’s just more of the fact that I can’t stay away from food. :)

  19. Hi there,

    What size pan do you bake these in?

    • Hi Lindsay! It’s an 8 x 8″ pan (see step 1). If you would like to make more bars, you can multiply all the ingredients by one and a half and bake in a 9 x 13″ pan (more details in notes). I know the egg is a little tricky to multiply by 1.5 :-) You’ll be just fine if you use two (or one egg plus one egg white). Let me know if you have any other questions and hope you enjoy!

  20. i don’t know how people “forget” to eat either. i just can’t! these bars sound so good. i’m glad you had fun in nashville…we moved here in october and there is so much to see/do/explore here. love it! i learned about some new places from your list :)

  21. Oh, if you were stranded with me we’d deffffinitely need to eat every couple hours. I would be a mess. These bars sound like such a delicious breakfast!

  22. These ARE being made for breakfast this week. MUST HAPPEN.

  23. That looks like so much fun! Was it great to get out of the cold???

    These bars are right up my alley I’m a huge fan of make ahead breakfast for early morning workout days.

  24. These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars look amazing, can’t wait to try them. And I’m totally with you on the concept of ‘forgetting to eat’ being foreign lol.

  25. These breakfast bars sound awesome! I’m always looking for a great snack that is more healthy to keep me full longer. That way I’m not constantly reaching for the sugary goodness I bake! ;)

  26. I love that pic at the Grand Ole Opry! That’s awesome! You should totally make that your Christmas card for next year – Have a Rockin’ Holiday! LOL!!

    These bars look so good! The hubs would love these before a long run (if the snow ever melts) or a big workout. I would love these before a medium-sized run to keep me fueled the whole time. And I might just send one of these genius little bars with my oldest for lunch. Lunch is at 10:20am (can you believe that?!?) – so I’m sure you can imagine how starving a pre-tween is after school! Now that sports season has started, we need something to get through the afternoon, too!

    • I LOVE that idea Gretchen! Our Christmas cards are always goofy and necessarily involve puns, so that would be completely perfect! Thanks for the inspiration :) Thanks for your kind words about the bars too–I hope you and your family love them!

  27. consuelohoneyandfigs Reply

    “So busy that I forgot to eat?” Do you mean… that there are people like that out there?????
    I’m not one to forget my snacks, and I certainly get super angry when it happens.
    And I want these bars. Right now. Oh, they’d make such a perfect snack!

  28. Hey Erin! I just made these today and they came out like bread not bars in your photo. not sure what I did wrong! :(

    • Hi Sarah!
      I’m so sorry to here this. First of all, these are not crunchy like a granola bar–they are more like a cross between a granola bar and a dense, hearty oatmeal banana bread, so you may have created better bars that you think! Were yours still very light and bready? If yes, it could have been that you measured the ingredients differently (for example, did you carefully spoon, then level off your flour?), or you may have added a different amount of baking powder by mistake. Did you try to increase the recipe and add an additional egg? That could cause it too. I have had a few readers try these already and report that they turned out, so I’m not sure what the issue might be :-(. Were there any other substitutions you used? Sorry I can’t be of more help–it’s so hard when I’m not standing in the kitchen right with you!

      • I carefully measured everything the only differences from your recipe is that I used plain silk and an extra half tbsp of peanut butter! They’re still delicious just not as beautiful as yours, haha! I did not document the outcome, the photographer in me was bummed, but my belly was happy. Thanks for the response! :) Sharing my goodies with my bff.

        • Sarah, I’m happy to hear that they at least taste great! People say we eat with our eyes, but I’d WAY rather be concerned with my tummy :)

        • Mine didn’t turn out either! They were more like a dense cake or a scone. I was wondering if maybe the 1 tsp of baking powder was too much.

        • Hi Lauren, I’m sorry these bars weren’t what you expected! I’m not sure if you were after something more like a granola bar, but these are actually more like a super hearty piece of banana bread. They definitely should still be nice and moist though. Whenever I make them, it is with the 1 teaspoon baking powder, and they turn out as I described. I wish I could be of more help!

  29. I’m very glad that I travelled back through the posts I missed to read this one! I’m another hungry hobbit like you… snacks are always stashed in my handbag or desk drawers, I usually crunch through something inappropriate in meetings (last week was an apple, I had to apologise to the doctor I work with as my crunching was as loud as his talking) and I get grumpy when my stomach acid starts to eat my insides (well, at least that’s what it feels like!). I will definitely try making these bars. Love the addition of the egg for extra protein! Oh, and your travel snaps? Awesome. Nice to see that law student unearthed from his mound of books and case notes! Xx

  30. These look wonderful! Do you think I could substitute canned pumpkin for the peanut butter? My kids would love the PB ones but I’m not a big fan of PB in the mornings :)

    • Hi Jacquie! I’m so happy that you like the look of the bars! If you want to give them a pumpkin vs. peanut butter flavor, I would actually recommend substituting pumpkin for the applesauce (since they have a similar consistency), then replacing the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with two tablespoons of brown sugar (or honey if you prefer), because the pumpkin will need a bit of extra sweetness. You could even throw in a bit of extra cinnamon or nutmeg with the pumpkin too. Yum :) Other ideas: You can leave the banana in or swap it out for a 1/2 cup of your favorite chopped nuts (pecans and pumpkins are great together) or dried fruits. Or you could leave the recipe as is (no pumpkin), omit the peanut butter, and swap in other dried fruits and nuts you like at breakfast. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  31. These look delicious Erin! Haha I am no fun to be around when I’m hungry too so love the sound of oatmeal bars that will keep me full longer :) Such awesome pics – it looks like such a fun trip :)

  32. We have made these THREE TIMES now. The first time I followed the recipe as directed, and they were delicious. The next time I added chocolate chips, and the third time I added walnuts instead of peanut butter. Every time there were so yummy and so easy to make. My family and kids love these bars. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Hooray Sandy!!!! I’m thrilled that you and your family love these bars, and all of your combinations sound delightful! Thanks for taking time to share your comment. It means a lot

  33. I caught your segment on channel 27 this morning–so glad I did! I am always looking for a quick, healthy and filling way to make breakfast count. I made them right away. They are outstanding. I added a few heaping teaspoons of flaxseed meal, but otherwise followed exactly. This will be my new go to breakfast/post workout snack. Thank you so much!

    • Great to hear from you Katie! I’m so happy that you tuned in, and I’m pumped that you loved these bars! Thanks for trying the recipe and taking time to share your review. I love that you added flax and will be trying that myself next time!

  34. Pingback: Roasted Garlic Potato Rolls - The Law Student's Wife |

  35. Pingback: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bars | twocrazykids

  36. Why can you use as a substitution for the applesauce?…have everything I need except that!

    • Hi Crystal–to be honest, that is kind of tricky, because the applesauce both binds and moistens the bars. It’s an important ingredient! The closest thing I can suggest is pumpkin puree, though that will have an effect on the flavor (I’d add a bit more honey or even try swapping maple syrup for sweetness and maybe extra cinnamon for fun). Another idea is to try replacing it with half oil and half yogurt, though I haven’t tried it this way (or with pumpkin puree), so I’m afraid I can’t guarantee the results. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful. The applesauce is just a key component.

  37. Pingback: Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars - www.thelawstudentswife.com |

  38. Pingback: 45 Easy Camping Recipes - One Sweet Appetite

  39. Do you think these bars would work without the bananas. As much as I’ve tried, I absolutely can not stand the taste of bananas. Thank you and I really enjoy your blog.

  40. Pingback: 30+ Camping Recipes For Your Next Camp Out

  41. These look like the perfect breakfast! I will be making them ASAP! Would steel cut oats work here or is rolled oats a better choice?

    Thanks for posting such delicious recipes – I have loved all that I have tried!

    • Hi Anne! I’m SO SORRY for the super late response. We’ve been traveling, and internet access has been hit or miss. To be honest, I would stay away from steel cut oats in this recipe. Because they are much harder than rolled oats, I think the bars might fall apart or be hard to eat.
      Thanks so much for your kind words about my recipes too. It absolutely makes my day!!

  42. Finally, a recipe I can adapt slightly and it will fit my caloric and nutrition profile! These would make an excellent snack for me. You are smart replacing the agave with honey – from what I understand honey is much healthier. If nothing else, honey is way less refined. I’m definitely going to have to check your blog out further.

  43. These sound great for our upcoming camping trip. I was thinking about using almond flour instead because I am gluten free. Any thoughts on whether that will work? I usually stick to already gluten free recipes, but these sounds too yummy.

    • Hi Cindy, I’m sorry, but to be totally honest, I have no idea! I’ve never tried the recipe with almond flour, and I don’t bake with it much, so I am not experienced enough to say how these bars would turn out. I think that you would definitely end up with a heavier, more dense bar (which may or may not be a good/bad thing), but other than that I’m not sure.

      • I’ve been making these for my daughter who is gluten free and have found that subbing oat flour works great. Tried almond flour….tasted good but the finished bars were very crumbly. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

        • Hi Denise, thank you so much for letting us all know about the oat flour! That will be so, so helpful for anyone who is gluten free. I’m thrilled that you and your daughter are enjoying these. Have a wonderful day!

  44. I made these twice this week. So good and easy!

    • This makes my day! I’m so, so happy that you enjoyed them AND that they made an appearance in your household not once but twice in the same week. Thanks for letting me know and happy munching!

  45. Pingback: 20+ Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids and Adults | Brunch Time Baker

  46. Pingback: 20+ Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids and Adults | My Recipe Network

  47. My daughter is training for and competing in the BC Summer Games 3×3 basketball. Takes tons of energy but they can’t be full. They also have long travel days. I’ve made her a batch of these and added raisins to keep her energy steady. Thanks s for the quick and easy recipe!

  48. Just bought 10 pounds of oats from Costco, have to make something.

  49. I made these today. I added flaxseed to it, used crunchy natural peanut butter so it had a little crunch, unsweetened almond milk instead of milk and a mashed ripened banana instead of the applesauce. I also baked them in muffin tins which gave me 12. I like that size for me on the go :) I loved them. Next time I may use a tad more honey.

    • Hi Tanya, I’m so excited that you tried and enjoyed this recipe! I love the idea of adding flaxseeds and baking in the muffin tin. What a perfect, portable treat. Thanks for taking time to share your review and for some fun ways to customize the recipe too.

  50. Made these this week – and they are AMAZING! I was very skeptical that they would keep me full (I pack more snacks for myself than friends that have two toddlers….) but after having one for breakfast it was 1 before I was even thinking about lunch! Thanks for a great breakfast recipe! Love the blog – you have made meal planning so much easier!

    • Anne, I am so happy not only to hear that you liked these, but that they lived up to their promise of keeping you full! Seriously, comments like this absolutely make my day. Thanks for trying the recipe and taking time to share your thoughts. It’s great having you as a reader!

  51. [email protected] Reply

    I’m going to have to say these were not good at all. They looked so good in the picture, I really wanted to like them but…..sorry.

    • Hi Gwen, I’m sorry to hear that you did not enjoy these bars! While many people have enjoyed them very much, I understand that different people have different tastes. I know it’s a bummer to try something new and not have it work out, so I really wish that weren’t the case for you! Let me know if you would like me to help troubleshoot the recipe with you.

    • I have to agree, these were the worst things that I have every made in my life. My whole family was disappointed and I wasted multiple ingredients making this inedible dish.

      • Sammy, I wish these bars had been to your liking! As I shared, they are not sweet, so if you prefer a sweeter bar, I recommend adding more honey. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not enjoy it, so I do wish that had not been the case.

  52. Pingback: Back To School Recipes for the Busiest Moms

  53. Pingback: Skip The Cereal, 7 Back To School Breakfast Ideas! | Tampa Bay Moms Blog

  54. Erin-

    Thanks for this great recipe. My 6 year old and I made them together – a good activity and way to get hime excited about healthy snacks. So that he could take them to school, we substituted sun butter for peanut butter, making them safe for the many nut-free zones.

    Next time we might throw in dried cranberries (for color and added flavor).

    • Hi Mike, I am so happy that you and your son liked these bars, and I love that you made them together. The sun butter is a fantastic idea, and I bet the dried cranberries would be delicious. Thanks so much for trying this recipe and letting me know how it turned out for you!

  55. Pingback: Sunday food prep (3) – what went down in my kitchen | A Hungry Runner

  56. These are currently in the oven!! I am so excited to try them! I will DEFINITELY be eating them before school! They seem like a great, wholesome breakfast. I was looking for a recipe like this but all of them either are hard granola bars or have nuts in them. Thank you so much for sharing! This is a must have for early mornings. (:

  57. Do you have nutrition data such as fat, fiber and carb content?

    • Hi Michelle! I don’t actually calculate nutritional information for any of my recipes. If you would like to, there are a variety of free resources available online. I can, however, tell you that all the ingredients in this recipe are good for you, and personally I feel much better making these from scratch than buying processed food. I know that might not be the answer you are looking for, but it is my honest approach to cooking.

  58. Pingback: Monday Madness- Tips for Making your Monday Less Stressful | savoring saturdays

  59. Pingback: 25+ Healthy Back To School Recipes! #HorizonB2S - Alida's Kitchen

  60. Pingback: Strawberry Mango Fruit Leather |

  61. Hello! These look awesome. I am always looking for on-the-go breakfast stuff because I never seem to get up in time… and I am ALWAYS hungry! Could you suggest an alternative to banana? I hate the fruit and the smell makes me nauseous, so I want to make them with something else. More applesauce?

    • Hi Jessica! We both sound like hungry hippos :) The great thing about these bars is how versatile they are. You can substitute any other diced fruit you like (I’ve made them with both strawberries and blueberries), use dried fruit, or even mix in chocolate chips or nuts. You could also add 2 extra tablespoons of peanut butter, but I would not add extra applesauce, as I think it would make the bars too liquidy. I hope you enjoy the bars. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  62. I notice you say old fashioned oats, could it be made with quick oats? What is the difference?

    • Hi Kristen! Quick oats are essentially rolled oats (which are also called “old fashioned oats”)that are a bit ground up for faster cooking. I prefer rolled oats because they are a little heartier and sturdier, but quick oats will work in this recipe just fine. Great question and enjoy the bars!

  63. Love the Oatmeal bars and cant wait to share with family on our vacation!

    • Hi Paula! I’m so happy that you love these bars, and I hope that your family loves them too. What a perfect vacation breakfast or snack. Have a wonderful trip, and thanks so much for letting me know your thoughts!

  64. Came across these on Pinterest and had to look at the recipe. I get disheartened when I found a delicious recipe and it has products that aren’t available in Australia. This was perfect, all the ingredients were in my pantry! Jumped up early this morning to make these for my girls before school. What a super easy recipe! The girls love them and I think they will become a staple in our house for breakfast on the run! Thank you so much!

  65. These looks great – thanks for sharing! Am going to make a test batch with gluten free flour (I have one kid who is allergic) but I am with you – always starving. I forgot my snacks/lunch today and was just counting the change in my wallet because it’s 10 am and even though I ate a good solid breakfast at 7:45 I am absolutely famished and getting that shaky “hangry” feeling like everything needs to stop.now.or.else. I usually have raw almonds in my desk but those are gone.

  66. i have made these bars 3x now differing the ingredients slightly…and the version that we love the best swaps freshly ground almond butter for the peanut butter adds 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips and uses an entire cut up banana. the extra banana makes the bars a little more moist. thanks for sharing!

    • I am so happy to hear that they are a favorite, and I love the different ways you’ve customized them!! Thanks for the tip on the almond butter, banana, and chocolate chips too. I want to try it myself that way next time!

  67. Pingback: Who Owns the Sun? FI♥AR

  68. Pingback: Healthy Breakfast Bars Oatmeal | kscfood

  69. Thank you so much! Made without bananas but was awesome. I’ve tried making granola bars but these are so much better and the kids love them!

  70. my bars were chewy and not baked inside( I baked then 10 minutes more)..mhm…anyway, I will eat them on the way to school, since I never have a time to eat breakfast ;)

  71. Very good! I was looking for a tasty, sustaining breakfast oat bar, and these fit the bill perfectly. I made a few changes which worked well:
    *I had some Fugi apples kicking around, so I quartered and baked those for around an hour, then I puréed them instead of buying sauce (3 apples yielded about 1 cup), yum!
    *To suit personal taste, I blended the banana in with the liquid ingredients
    *I used Silk, vanilla soy milk
    *I added a handful each of chocolate chips and dried cranberries

  72. I made these and keep some on hand for a quick “bring me through the morning” treat at work. I did substitute the applesauce with unsweetened pumpkin butter made by a local farmer in my community. The pumpkin spices brought another level of flavor to the mix. It added a nice a fall element to the bar. Kudos to you for a wonderful recipe!

    • Beth, I can only imagine how delicious pumpkin butter would be in these breakfast bars! Thank you so much for letting me know how they turned out for you, and for sharing your recipe idea too.

  73. I found this today and just had to make tonight, they just came out of the oven and look amazing. They smell terrific… Can’t wait to try them in the morning… I used a can of coconut milk and no other changes. My oldest daughter, she’s 11, is ridiculously hungry when she gets home from school and she takes ballet lessons in the evenings so we really need good, healthy, filling treats for her.

    • Theresa, I’m so glad that you found and tried this recipe. I bet the coconut milk will be just delicious. I hope you and your daughter enjoy them, and thanks for your note!

  74. These Look great! However, I have a wheat intolerance, would it still work if I substituted the whole wheat flour for something else, like oat flour? Thanks!

    • Hi Danielle! I’m going to be honest that I have never tried that substitution, but I think that oat flour is worth a shot. I would think that it will make the bars more dense, but they are pretty hearty anyway, so you will just get an extra boost. If you do experiment, please let me know how it turns out! This is a great question and I’m sure would be helpful for others too.

  75. These look amazing! Any idea on what the calories per serving would be on them? Thanks!

  76. Pingback: Readers’ Top 14 Recipes of 2014 |

  77. About how many calories are in each bar?

    • Hi Jennifer, I don’t do calorie counts for my recipes (you can read the reasons why in detail on my FAQ page), but I do know that there are many free calculators available online. A quick Google search should give you a few good options.

  78. Pingback: Sunburst Spring Vegetable Quiche with Puff Pastry - The Law Student's Wife |

  79. Pingback: Easy and Delicious Brain Bars | The Not Quite Adult

  80. Holy cow, reading this I thought…she is describing me to a T! It makes me happy to know I am not the only one that is always hungry and always eating and can’t even imagine forgetting a meal! :) Thanks for the awesome recipe, I am making them this weekend for sure!

  81. These were good! I modified them by mashing the banana and I added about half a cup of unsweetened coconut, quarter cup of flax seed, half a cup of walnuts and half a cup of dark chocolate chips. I also used almond butter instead of peanut butter because it’s what I had.  I enjoyed the texture, sort of a dense bread.  Thanks for the recipe!!

  82. Pingback: Maple Oat Muffins Recipe - The Lemon Bowl

  83. I actually was really excited to try these, they looked so good and reading the ingredients I thought it would be sure hit but  sadly was very disappointed.  They honestly don’t have much flavor and because of the whole wheat flour they are very dense, which is ok with me, but with the lack of flavor it did nothing for me.   My husband came home and saw them and was very excited, thought they looked great and took a bite and spit it back out.   I’m all for healthy cooking and baking but I would like it to still have flavor and this recipe was a miss for me.  

  84. I am OBSESSED with these bars!!!  I made my second pan this week, tweaked ever so slightly (I used a whole RIPE banana, all mushed up).  To me, tastes like a hearty banana bread – I’ve been sharing the recipe with everyone I know because I am convinced the world would  be a better place with more people eating these for breakfast or snacks.  I think these will be extra handy to have around this summer when I start training for my second marathon and am ALWAYS hungry and will want to eat everything in sight. :) 

  85. Yum! I just made these and they are perfect! I added pecans but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. These are perfect for an easy freezer snack. Thank you very much!

  86. Anyone calculate the #calories per bar? Don’t know what to put in my weight loss app.

  87. Pingback: Healthy Kid Approved Camping Recipes

  88. I would like to make these but would love to know the nutritional information first.

  89. Delicious! I added chocolate chips and avocado oil, not sure if the avocado oil made them more moist but mine turned out rather crumbly but moist at the same time… I was able to cut them into small pieces, I guess maybe two or three would be good for breakfast. I also didn’t have an 8×8 inch pan, so that may have been a factor as well :-) Thank you for sharing!

  90. Pingback: Delicious oatmeal chia breakfast bars {recipe} | Coder Mommy

  91. Pingback: Baking w/ Me: Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars | talestoldby

  92. As someone getting ready to start clerkship, I’m actively looking for quick, healthy and filling recipes to have in my arsenal of snacks come September. Thanks so much! This one is added to my list :) :)

  93. Pingback: 30+ Make Ahead Back to School Breakfast Recipes - My Pinterventures

  94. Pingback: FIT Hits the PAN Friday – Oatmeal Breakfast Bars | Life, Love & Lima Beans

  95. Pingback: Healthy Breakfast Recipes

  96. Pingback: Meal prep | Classy in camo

  97. hi there! These look great can’t wait to try them! Going on a camp hunting trip out west and would love to make these so I can stay healthy do they need to be stored refrigerated or could they be left out? How fast would they spoil? 

  98. Loving the video, Erin!

  99. These do look like a perfect mid-day snack option, as you suggest!  LOVE the combo of flavors but I was wondering if I can just leave out the honey altogether? Not a fan of the taste nor is my son.  Can I just simply omit it?  I wouldn’t mind them being less sweet anyway :)  Thanks!

  100. I’m going to try these soon for a homemade snack for my kids and I! I’ll use almond butter instead of peanut butter since my daughter doesn’t like peanut butter (silly girl!).

    I love the video! You are so calm on camera! :)

  101. I just took these bars out of the oven. I made them for my recently-picky-eater grandson. They smell divine! I can’t wait until they cool so I can cut and sample. Thanks!

  102. Hi! I just pulled these out of the oven and can’t wait to try them. I put blueberries in mine. I’m curious, though, what do you think the cook time should be adjusted to if I wanted to make them in a regular 12-count muffin tin?

  103. How would you make these peanut free? I’m a teacher so I can’t bring peanut butter into the school (or eat it before hand if I’m in class with a student who’s highly allergic)

  104. Just made these—and, I’m sorry to say, I agree with the poster that states these have zero flavor and were bland! I’m glad to have tried a healthy recipe, but these need some further sweetness or texture for these to be enjoyable! I didn’t read your ‘very lightly sweet’ note until after these went in the oven, but if I should make these again, I will add nuts and double the honey and maybe add chocolate chips.. I did make a peanut butter sweetened glaze for the tops of these and now they taste considerably better! 

  105. These are a lot thicker than I expected, with a definite muffin texture, and a little blah on taste. Next time I’m going to add a handful of mini chocolate chips, raisins, or nuts for more interesting flavor. I’m trying to “eat real food” and these are a great homemade sub for my usual granola or protein bars that I eat for breakfast at work. Thank you for the recipe!

  106. Very filling; not a lot of flavor but a good base recipe that I’ll probably tweak next time. I made them for breakfast for a sort of camping trip and they definitely did the job :) I used yogurt instead of applesauce since that’s what I had on hand. And FYI, I did leave them unrefrigerated for several days and they’ve been fine! 

  107. Today I made them for a second time and I love them!!
    I’m a really “sweet girl” :-) but I like these bars because there’re plain and yes, a little blah and bland on flavor. But I’m a huge fan of oats (overnight oats are also a favorite of mine)! 
    And what I like about these bars, there’s no extra added sugar in it and very filling. 
    Besides of eating the bars, it’s also fun to make them. I’ve just cut them in 8 and put them in the freezer (wrapped separately).
    Thanx for a great recipe and greetings from the Netherlands!

  108. So I’m not a fan of bananas but I don’t mind the taste of banana bread. Does this recipe have a strong banana taste?

  109. I just made  these breakfast bars, and they are wonderful! I made them without bananas because they were all gone by this morning(not unusual). I added some extra applesauce, used agave instead of honey(more than a little bothers my stomach), and an extra tablespoon of peanut butter. I also made a double batch(brave of Me). I was searching Pinterest(first time there) because I heard there were many receipes. In winter I eat hot oatmeal, but living in the desert makes that hard to do in summer. I wanted something healthy, filling, and no sugar. I don’t usually use whole wheat flour, and had problems years ago baking with applesauce, but I watched your video and decided-why not? I think my daughter will like them too, as she usually skips breakfast, it is something she can take with her easily. Thank you so very much. Also, I used organic oatmeal because it is what I prefer. Looked very much like your photo and texture reminded me of banana bread. Janet B.

  110. These sound great, be perfect for to take to work when on the go to. Thanks for sharing :-) simon

  111. Hi Erin!

    I feel truly blessed to have stumbled across you website through Pinterest. 
    My husband and I moved to East Africa about 8 months ago as missionaries. When we relocated here from Oregon, I was 21 weeks pregnant with our first baby, a girl. This gave us us some time to get acclimated in our new environment and now, our baby is 5 months old. That being said, things are very busy around our house and I’m always looking for a quick, easy snack to grab throughout the day and these were perfect in addition to the fact that I was able to locate all of the ingredients (which is rare). 
    I was wondering, could you add ground flaxseed to this mixture for a little extra nutrition?

    Thanks so much!

    • Lacey, this is such a kind comment—thank you! I’m also glad you are able to find the ingredients even on the other side of the world. I think you can definitely add flaxseed. I’d start with two tablespoons and see how you like it from there.

  112. I am in love with these bars!! ♥ Made them with Apples, Made them with Strawberries, Made them with blueberries, and I even made Chocolate Bars! Thank you for this recipe! :D

  113. Hi Erin, thank you so much for your great recepies and videos which make life easier for me 😊👍
    I have a question, can I substitute quick barley instead of oats in this recepies? In my country barley is very cheaper and more reachable ( more available ) than oats.

    • Hi Ayda! I’m sorry, but I can’t help you here—I’ve never cooked with quick barley before. If quick barley cooks in about the same amount of time as rolled oats on the stovetop (about 5 min), the two are probably similar enough to where it could be worth an experiment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *