Banana oat energy bars recipe

Fantastically tasty, chewy, energy bar with yummy bananas and luscious dried cranberries

Wheat & gluten free banana oat energy bars recipe

Allergy Information

Wheat-Free no
Gluten-Free no
Nut-Free no
Dairy-Free no
Sugar-Free no
Vegetarian no
Vegan no
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 40 mins
  • Yield: makes 8 large bars

This is a great homemade energy bar that isn't overloaded with added sugar—just containing fruit sugars. The oats help provide a sustained energy release making it ideal for sport refuelling, or an office pick-me-up instead of that sugar laden commercially produced muffin calling your name at the coffee shop.

Important note: even using certified gluten free oats it may not be suitable for all celiacs; some celiacs are very sensitive to avenin contained in the oats, see our oats FAQ for more info.

This recipe was adapted from a recipe in Eat To Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition .

Ingredients (Measures: Metric | US)

250g [2 14 cups] gluten free oats (regular, not quick or flake)
2 large [2 large] ripe bananas, mashed
110g [13 cup] apple peach purée (I used an unsweetened fruit snack cup [check it's vegan if required], you can also make your own fruit purée)
60g [12 cup] dried cranberries (I use apple juice sweetened ones)
45g [12 cup] unsweetened shredded coconut
30g [14 cup] chopped walnuts
1 tsp [1 tsp] chia seeds


Preheat oven: 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4

  1. Line a baking pan 23cm square (9" square) with baking paper.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together until they are well combined.
  3. Tip into the baking pan and spread equally, press down to consolidate.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, remove from oven and immediately lift the banana oat bars from the pan still in the baking paper, leave to cool on a wire rack.
  5. When cool, cut into 8 large bars or 12-16 smaller ones.
  6. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.