Do you need a quick grab and go snack to eat on the way to work or to throw in your kids lunch bag for a snack? These bars are an awesome way to give you and your kids some much needed energy in the morning. Now I’m not suggesting you trade these in as a main breakfast item but they would be great as a mid-morning snack after some eggs.
These bars are made with a few simple ingredients that you probably already have around the house! You’ll need 2 ripe bananas, rolled oats, almond butter, chia seeds, maple syrup, baking powder, sea salt and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
I love these as a substitute for your typical granola bar because they are naturally sweetened with the banana and maple syrup, so you won’t experience that hangry sugar crash. You are also getting some healthy fats from the nut butter and fibre from the chia seeds and oats. A great energizing snack!
How To Make These Bars
You’ll need to preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare a 7×7″ baking dish with parchment paper. Next you’ll want to get a medium-sized mixing bowl and begin mashing your ripe bananas with a fork. The riper the bananas are the sweeter they will be, so you may need to adjust the sweetness level depending on your taste.
Once the bananas are mashed, you can begin adding in the rest of the ingredients except the chia seeds, water and chocolate chips.
You are going to make a “chia egg” with the chia seeds and water. In a separate cup add the chia seeds and water and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes, until it has a gel-like consistency. Add the chia egg to the mixture and stir until incorporated.
Now add the chocolate chips and fold into the batter. Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish and make sure it is evenly spread.
Place it in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes. Test the bars with a toothpick for doneness, if they are cooked the tooth pick will come out clean.
Allow to cool before you cut into bars.
-You can sub the almond butter for a nut butter of your choice, peanut butter would probably work best.
-To make these a little bit healthier you could sub the chocolate chips for something like walnuts or raisins!
-To make them nut free so they are safe for school or you have a nut allergy, you could use sunflower seed butter or coconut butter.
Easy Banana Breakfast Bars
- Calories 225
- Fat 10g
- Protein 5.4g
- Carbs 30g
- Sugars 11.6g
- Salt 27mg
- Fibre 5g
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1 chia egg (1/2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp water)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Dash of sea salt
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a 7x7" baking dish with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients, except the chia seeds, water and chocolate chips.
- In a small bowl or cup add the chia seeds and water, allow to set up for 2 minutes. Add the chia egg to the batter and stir. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared dish and bake for 25-30 minutes. Poke with a tooth pick, if comes out clean it is cooked.
- Let cool and cut into bars.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze.