These healthy, vegan date banana oat bars are just what you want to wake up to in the morning. Made with heart-healthy oats, shredded coconut, chopped banana and dates, they’re packed with both flavour and nutrition. If you’re feeling like you need some chocolate in your life, top them with melted dairy-free chocolate chips for a special treat!
Breakfast-Sized or Snack-Sized
You can cut these bars into 8-16 pieces depending on how large you want each serving to be. If you make 16 bars out of this recipe, each bar will have 119 calories with 3.4 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates and 2.7 grams of protein. Not bad, not bad at all! Of course, if you leave out the chocolate the fat will be reduced to next to nothing.
I like to make 16 squares but if you plan to eat these for breakfast, you could cut them into 8 larger bars. The texture of these is similar to a muffin so they are quite filling either way! Oh, and they go very nicely with a cup of coffee as a mid-morning treat!
Options for Chocolate Topping
If you want to add the optional chocolate topping you can either melt some dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips, or you can make your own chocolate ganache using the recipe below.
Quick Chocolate Ganache
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Melt the coconut oil then gently stir in the the cocoa powder and maple syrup. Spread the mixture over the bars once they come out of the over. This will harden into chocolate ganache after chilled in the fridge.
Whether you make your own ganache or go store-bought, I’d definitely recommend going for the chocolate topping. I only used 4 tablespoons of chocolate chips to cover the whole batch, so it doesn’t actually add that much fat and sugar to the recipe.
I’ve made these with both homemade chocolate and melted chocolate chips and they’re delicious either way.
If you plan to take them on the road with you, I’d use melted dark chocolate or melted dairy-free chocolate chips as they won’t melt as quickly as the coconut oil chocolate ganache once at room temperature.
Vegan Date Banana Oat Bars
These oil-free bars have no added sugar so they aren’t super sweet however, the bits of dates and bananas add a really nice natural sweetness throughout. They’re gluten-free and vegan and really easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.
If you’re a fan of baked oat bars, I’ve posted a few others that require even fewer ingredients and taste just as good! Baked oat bars are vegan baking made super simple, pretty much fail-proof, low sugar, low fat with all the yumminess.
- 2.5 cups (275 g) quick oats
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- ⅓ cup (30 g) unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 bananas (200 g) sliced in half lengthwise then chopped up
- 5 medjool dates (68 g without pits), finely chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 packets stevia, optional, to taste
- 4 tbsp (60 g) dairy-free chocolate chips for topping
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the oats, flax, coconut and cinnamon to a bowl and stir to combine.
- Mix in the vanilla and almond milk.
- Fold in the chopped banana and dates. (Taste the dough and add a bit of stevia if you want them a little sweeter.)
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the bars from the oven, melt the chocolate chips if using and spread over the bars.
- Let cool before slicing into 16 bars.
- Store in the fridge.
These can be frozen and taken out as needed. Try them heated up, YUM!!
Nutrition facts below include chocolate topping.