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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars {vegan, 4-ingredients, GF}

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Chocolate chip peanut butter banana oat bars are the perfect portable breakfast or healthy snack, anytime! Made with 4 simple ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and 80 calories each.

Chocolate chip peanut butter banana oat bar on a piece of parchment paer atop a flour napkin.

Perfect 4-Ingredient Breakfast/Snack Bars

I’ve come down with a tenacious strain of spring cleaning-itis. So yesterday, the refrigerator and floors were scrubbed, the cookbooks were codified (and dusted), the equipment was polished and systematized, and last, the walk-in pantry (which was approaching nightmare status), was given a massive overhaul.

In the process of that final activity, I discovered not three jars of peanut butter and 2 and 1/2 large containers of oats. Combined with the two bunches of very ripe bananas on the countertop, the writing was on the wall: time to bake!

The result is a perfect breakfast bar or snack bar that everyone will love: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars!

Chocolate chip peanut butter banana oat bars on a black metal cooling rack, shot from overhead

No Oil, Eggs, Dairy or Gluten

The bars are so delicious–soft, sweet, flavorful–but also packed with wholesome goodness and super-simple to make. Specifically, they are:

  • Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free
  • Made with only 4 familiar ingredients
  • Made in one bowl (in about 2 minutes)
  • Frugal
  • Love by kids and adults alike

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars

I mentioned three of the four ingredients above (my accidental hoard). They are rolled oats (any variety, but use certified gluten-free oats if you need these to be 100% gluten-free), very ripe bananas and creamy peanut butter.

An equal amount of other creamy nut or seed butter–such as almond, cashew, or sunflower seed– can be used in place of the peanut butter. 

The last ingredient is chocolate chips. Use dairy-free chocolate chips to ensure these bars are 100%; if that is not necessary, any variety of chocolate chips (or chunks) will do. You can also sub them for dried fruit or nuts (or add all three! More is more).

ingredients for chocolate chips bars on a metal background

How to Make the Bars

To make the bars, mash enough bananas to measure 1/2 cup. I prefer to go by cup measurements rather than stating banana size, size bananas can vary tremendously. Most times it take abotut 1 and 1/2 medium bananas to equal 1/2 cup.

The banana should be very ripe and squishy (an indication that the starches have converted to sugar). Mash them with fork until they are almost liquid.

mashed very ripe banana with a fork on a wooden cutting board.

Now that the bananas are mashed, combine them with the peanut butter (or the nut/seed butter of your choice) in a medium bowl until blended.

Add the dry oats and chocolate chips to the bowl.

Stir until everything is combined and the oats are universally moistened.

That was easy, right?

Spread the dough in an even layer in a prepared 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan. I like to line the baking pan with parchment paper (for extra-easy removal after baking), but a spritz of cooking spray, or a light oiling of the pan, will also suffice.

Bake the bars in a preheated 350 oven for about 15 minutes until the surface looks and feels (to the touch) dry and the edges are golden brown. 

So easy! 

But now comes the hard part: waiting for these to cool (about 45 minutes to an hour) before cutting. It requires significant will power, but it is so worth the wait. 

If you lined the pan with paper, use the overhang to lift the bars onto a cutting board to cut into 16 squares. Otherwise, cut the bars directly in the pan.

YUM!

Happy baking, everyone!

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Chocolate chip peanut butter banana oat bar on a piece of parchment paer atop a flour napkin.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bars {vegan, 4-ingredients, GF}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Chocolate chip peanut butter banana oat bars are the perfect portable breakfast or healthy snack, anytime! Made with 4 simple ingredients, they are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and 80 calories each.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) mashed very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) creamy peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten-free, as needed)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (see notes for options)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan with parchment paper (or simply spray with nonstick cooking spray).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the banana and peanut butte until smooth. Add the oats and chocolate chips, stirring until completely blended.
  3. Spread into prepared baking pan, pressing down firmly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 17 minutes until the surface looks and feel dry and the edges are golden brown.
  5. Cool in the pan for 45 minutes to an hour before cutting into 16 bars.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled bars in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator 1 week, or the freezer for up to 2 months.

Chocolate Chip Subs: An equal amount of chopped nuts, seeds or dried fruit can be used in place of the chocolate chips.

 

  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 80
  • Sugar: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 52.1 mg
  • Fat: 4.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: oats, banana, panut butter, bars, breakfast bars, 4 ingredients, easy, 1 bowl, gluten-free, vegan. egg-free, dairy-free, oil-free

 

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Elyse

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

So easy and so good, thank you for these!

Camilla

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

So glad you like them Elyse!

Kelly

Sunday 21st of June 2020

Made them almond butter, delish! Added some roasted almonds, too, for extra energy anda smidge of almond extract. amazing.

Gianna

Saturday 1st of June 2019

I want you to know how much my family love these bars! I've been making them regularly since you first posted the recipe. They are a family staple! I vary them a little for the time of year, but we usually just do the basic recipe and love it. Thank you!

Rashida

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

So sweet and good, but healthy, too! I add some walnuts and dried cranberries, sometimes some chia seeds. They are always incredible.

Lisa

Saturday 21st of January 2017

I have been looking for a an easy tasty breakfast bar. These are perfect, thank you, Camilla!

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