This recipe from Oh She Glows is my go-to bar recipe. They are easy to make, healthy, and portable. I can easily wrap up a bar and take it with me to class. These bars basically taste like banana bread and I love all of the healthy flaxseeds and chia seeds. Plus these bars are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. So they are refined sugar-free and gluten-free (if you use gluten-free rolled oats). I only changed two things in this recipe: I add two bananas instead of just one (I like bananas, what can I say?) and I do not add salt.
Serving size: 9 bars
- 2.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (you will use 1 cup to make oat flour)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
- 2 tbsp nut or seed butter (I use crunchy peanut butter)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
- In a blender or food processor, blend/process 1 cup of the oats until a flour forms. Or you can just use 1 cup of oat flour.
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: oat flour, 1.5 cups rolled oats, chia seeds, flaxseeds, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- In a smaller bowl, break up bananas into smaller chunks and smash them with a fork, add in the wet ingredients: milk, syrup, nut/seed butter, and vanilla and whisk until no clumps remain. Add wet to dry and stir until combined.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and smooth out. Bake for 35-40 minutes until lightly golden along edge and it springs back slowly when touched. I baked them for 40 minutes, but baking time may vary. Place pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes, carefully remove, and cool on rack before slicing. Store covered in refrigerator for up to one week.