Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Low Fat Vegan Banana Bars

These little bars are very kid-friendly and make a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack for kids and adults alike.

They're simple to make and frugal - a great replacement for those overpriced boxes of bars from the "healthy" aisle at the supermarket.

This is a forgiving recipe that you can make without actually measuring if you like. The measurements below are what I used this time and it worked well. But, I usually don't measure at all to make this one.

Banana Bars
Stir together:
5 overripe bananas, mashed
3 1/2 cups Quick Oats (If all you have is old fashioned oats, pulse them in the food processor to make them "quick" - if you're Gluten Free, be sure to buy GF oats)
1/2 cup raisins*
Press with wet hands in small cookie sheet lined with nonstick foil, or in oiled pan (9x12 or so)
Bake 400 degrees, 30 to 35 minutes, till it pulls from sides of pan and edges are golden-brown.

*Optional: Any type of dried fruit or nuts may be used, in accordance with your preferences. if you buy chocolate chip granola bars for the kids at the grocery, don't hesitate to throw chocolate chips in here!

Cut with pizza wheel or knife.

Mash Banana with Fork, and stir vigorously.

Stir in oats and raisins or other add-ins.

Press in to prepared pan with wet hands.
May be served plain for breakfast, snacks or picnics. Good spread with peanut butter, or topped with apple slices. These freeze well, and are pretty tasty straight from the freezer. Also good toasted in the toaster-oven to reheat.

This is being shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays
Healthy School Lunch Ideas/A Life in Balance


  1. Yum ♥ these look good...I've made many loaves of vegan banana bread and love oats, so I'll have to try this out!

  2. These look great! My boys would love this as a snack~ My name is Cindy and I blog over at I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe and any others at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! It doesn't mean that you have to be a gluten free bloggers. If you have some recipes on your blog that are gluten free that counts! :) Many recipes are naturally gluten free.
    Also be sure to link up your blog on our Gluten Free Bloggers directory. You can reach the directory by clicking the "glutenfree bloggers" tab on our blog! Thanks, Cindy :)

    1. Thanks so much for the invite, Cindy - I linked up : ) You have a great-looking blog : )


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