Chocolate-Banana Oat Bars

Chocolate-Banana Oat Bars from Carrie on Vegan | www.carrieonvegan.comNow that I’m not cooking with added oils, sugar or salt, it’s been a challenge to find baked recipes that still taste good. My favorite one up to this point is my Banana-Sweetened Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies recipe. These babies hit the spot when you just need a cookie:

My NEW favorite baked treats are my Grab-n-Go Chocolate-Banana Oat Bars. These bars are sweetened only with one banana and each ingredient is health-promoting. I originally made these bars to take on the road this weekend to San Diego, but I had to cancel that trip based upon bad weather coming into the area. I was bummed to miss the trip, but I loved how these bars turned out. They have no added sugar, so they are appropriate for breakfast, yet they are sweet enough to qualify as a healthy dessert as well.

Here’s how I made them. In a medium bowl, mash your ripe banana:

Add the rest of your ingredients into the bowl:

Mix it all up and then press the ingredients into a lightly-oiled square Pyrex dish:

Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let bars cool and then enjoy or refrigerate to eat later. I tried them both hot out of the oven and chilled overnight in the fridge. It was a toss-up as to which way tasted better. They have a wonderful, chewy texture with the flavor of bananas and chocolate. Very satisfying and healthy, the perfect combination!


Chocolate-Banana Oat Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 1½ cups rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (optional)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray an 8 x 8-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mash the ripe banana with a fork.
  4. Add the oats, blueberries, pomegranate juice, raisins, sunflower seeds, ground flax seed, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and protein powder (optional) and stir to mix well.
  5. Press the mixture into your baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  6. For easier slicing, let the bars come to room temperature.

I’ve been seeing lots of recipes on the blogs for healthy, raw truffles made with dried fruits and cacao. Perhaps one with no added sugar will be my next endeavor? Are you concerned about added sugars in your diet? Do you have any low-sugar recipes that you love?

I’d also like to announce the winner of my Hemp-Themed Giveaway! The random number generator selected entrant #1, Erica from Sunshine and Saffron. Congrats Erica!

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Comments

  1. Rebecca says

    Your bars look fantastic – can’t wait to try them. I think my boys would like them too. I love portable healthy snacks. Sorry your trip was stopped by the bad weather. (We got 4 plus inches of rain today.)

    • says

      Hi Rebecca, I bet the boys would like these too! We got a teeny bit of rain here in the desert but nothing like you got. Stay dry and thanks for the blog comment. :)

  2. says

    I found some gluten-free oats this weekend. This recipe makes me wish I had gone ahead and bought them. I’ll bookmark it and get them next Saturday.

  3. Robyn :) says

    They sound awesome, but I have some questions as I am still new to cooking healthier.

    Our local grocery store has a health market, plus we have a health food/organic grocery store. Where in these places do I find flax seed, hemp protein powder and cacao powder?

    • says

      Hi Robyn! Most of these items should be available in the bulk section of a health food store. You can usually buy flax seeds whole or ground. When they are ground, it is called flaxmeal. You get the most nutritional benefit from grinding flaxseeds into flaxmeal. Or, you can just buy the flaxmeal so you don’t have to grind it. I do both. I buy cacao powder from a website called vitacost.com. I think their prices are the best. The hemp protein powder I buy at Trader Joe’s, but you could really use any kind of protein powder you want. I use hemp because it is vegan. Let me know if you have any other questions, I welcome them! :)

  4. says

    These bars look yum-o. I’m a big fan of bars in general. You’re always doing the healthiest food challenges. I cant imagine eating no oils. I’m glad you are finding tasty recipes.

  5. Mallory says

    Your so inspiring. I have read Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live book and I really want to do the program. Do you have any tips? Would you recommend that people ease into the program or just do it cold turkey? Thanks!

  6. Carisa says

    I know this is an older post, but I’m loving your site. You are glowing and I can’t believe you are only a year younger than me! I started a loosely followed Eat to Live plan about a month ago, and have lost some unwanted pounds. These bars are the perfect thing to prevent me from pigging out on holiday goodies. Made them this morning, yummy!

  7. says

    Hi Carrie, these are one of my favorite desserts that I make regularly :)

    Have you updated the recipe? I don’t remember there was apple sauce in it and I’m sure it had hemp powder in it before!

    • says

      Hi Cat! Yes, my apologies, I’ve been updating some of my recipes. I just went in and took the applesauce back out, increased the pom juice slightly, and added the hemp powder back as an option. Again, I’m sorry for the confusion and I’m really glad you said something! :)

      • says

        Thanks Carrie! I’m glad I’m not just going mad! I usually increase the amount of liquid too so I’m glad to know you do too :) (I use soy milk though, as the original recipe said you could substitute)

  8. says

    I just tried these! I didn’t think they would hold together because the mixture looked so crumbly! I was so surprised that after they were cooked they actually have held together really well and they taste delicious :D Thanks for this recipe!

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  1. […]  Bring healthy snacks and breakfast foods with you. You can see my recipe for Chocolate Travel Overnight Oats here, and I plan to share a grain-free option with you next week. Some of my favorite snacks for eating on the plane or in the car include nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, dark chocolate(!), and homemade snack bars like my Chocolate-Banana Oat Bars. […]

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