These oatmeal chocolate chip banana breakfast bars have only 7 ingredients and are ready in under 30 minutes!
Are you looking for a healthy breakfast bar recipe or a gluten free breakfast bar? Well, look no further because these oatmeal chocolate chip banana breakfast bars are both delicious and simple!
What makes a healthy breakfast bar?
With the right ingredients, homemade banana oatmeal bars (like these oatmeal chocolate chip banana breakfast bars) can be the perfect start to your day. When I make a breakfast recipe, there are a few things I always aim for:
- Not a lot of sugar/no added sugar: It’s hard to start your day on the right foot if you’re consuming large amounts of added sugar in the morning time. The only added sugar in this healthy breakfast bar recipe comes from the chocolate chips, and you could even use a no added sugar chocolate chip or omit them if you like.
- We need some protein! Most store bought banana oatmeal bars don’t offer much in the way of protein but each of these banana breakfast bars has 5g of protein.
- Bring on the fiber! You know those soft baked oatmeal bars you see at the store? Well, they sure are tasty but they’re often lacking in fiber. My banana breakfast bars have 4g fiber each.], and you can try other mix ins like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, nuts, or raisins.
Ingredient ideas for healthy gluten free breakfast bars
While this recipe is delicious as is, there’s so many different things you can do with it. Below I will list some substitution options that will still result in delicious gluten free breakfast bars…
- Rolled oats: you can also use quick oats, I wouldn’t recommend steel cut oats.
- Cinnamon: Feel free to experiment with other spices like pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, etc.
- Bananas: you could also try apple sauce, or pumpkin puree.
- Greek yogurt: if you need these banana breakfast bars to be dairy free, you can sub pumpkin puree for the Greek yogurt, or a dairy free yogurt alternative.
- Chocolate chips: Other mix-in options include: pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, flex seeds, and nuts.
How to make oatmeal chocolate chip banana breakfast bars
Have all of your ingredients out and ready to go. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
Add all of your ingredients (oats, cinnamon, bananas, oil, plain Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips) to a large bowl and mix thoroughly to combine until it makes one messy looking batter.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter onto a parchment lined pan and shape each scoop into a bar shape, or if you want more of a mounded cookie shape, you can just leave them as is. (You will get about 8 bars out of each batch.)
Bake the bars for 18-20 minutes until the tops are golden brown.
Let the bars cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.
You can eat them right away or store the bars in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Try these other healthy breakfast bar options:
- Grain Free Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Grain Free Hazelnut Magic Bars
- Paleo Blueberry Breakfast Bars
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Breakfast Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 large bananas mashed
- 2 Tbsp oil
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips or other mix-in
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Add all of your ingredients (oats, cinnamon, bananas, oil, plain Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips) to a large bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter onto a parchment lined pan and shape each scoop into a bar shape as pictured. (You will get about 8 bars out of each batch.)
- Bake the bars for 18-20 minutes until the tops are golden brown.
- Let the bars cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Store the bars in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.