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Vegan Banana Oatmeal Bars

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

These soft and delicious, nut-free banana oatmeal bars are a great breakfast option for busy mornings. Easy to make, nut-free and topped with chocolate for a treat!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the oats, flax, coconut, salt and cinnamon to a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Mash the banana in a bowl using a fork or immersion blender until it forms a thick, chunky paste.
  4. Add the almond milk, vanilla, banana and dates to the oat mixture and stir into a thick batter.
  5. Taste the batter and if you feel like you want it a little sweeter, add 1-2 tbsp maple syrup or sweeten to taste with stevia.
  6. Line an approximately 7-8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper or give it a light spritz of non-stick cooking spray. Add the oat mixture to the pan and flatten out until even.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. If adding the chocolate topping, melt the chocolate chips stovetop in a double boiler or in the microwave in 15-seconds increments, stirring often. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the bars using a spatula or the back of a spoon.
  9. Let cool before slicing into 16 squares or 8 large bars.
  10. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1-week or freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

It’s not necessary to use additional sweetener, especially if you plan on topping these with chocolate. If you’re not using a chocolate topping, taste the batter add your choice of sweetener to taste, if you’d like to sweeten it up a bit. The bars aren’t super sweet on their own but dates and banana do add sweetness throughout.

The medjool dates are optional but add a really nice, caramel flavor to the bars. They can be replaced with raisins or another add-in of choice, such as chocolate chips, nuts or seeds.

The coconut can be omitted or replaced with hemp seeds.

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