July 10, 2011

RECIPE: Banana Coconut Oat Bars

In order to use up some really ripe bananas a couple of days ago, I made these bars from OhSheGlows.

These bars are SO GOOD. I've made them several times, and each time, I can't get enough. It's hard not to binge on them! I added craisins, raisins, dried cherries, walnuts, and a nut-free trail mix (made with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, dried apple bits, and some other stuff). I used an 8x8 pan, and cut it into 8 bars. You could probably cut them in half to get 16 if you're eating them for a snack, but I wanted something heartier that I could have for breakfast.

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Here is the recipe, the way I made them:

Banana Coconut Oat Bars


1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (you could swap out with unsweetened applesauce if you want to save calories)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 to 3/4 cup of dried cranberries, nuts, seeds, other dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.
1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350. Line a square (8x8 or 9x9 inch) pan with parchment paper. Combine the bananas, sugar, flaxseed, milk, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in dried fruit, nuts, etc.

Scoop batter into pan and smooth out with spoon. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until the edges begin to brown and it is slightly firm to touch. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove to wire rack using the parchment paper. Slice into 8 bars.


  1. Tetanus shots can make you tired and make your arm ache for a few days. Not to mention being on antibiotics *and* having run in humidity. Yeah, I see why you are tired LOL!

  2. Them bars look good. I am always looking for something I can feed the boys on the go before the bus stop in the morning. Thanks for sharing.

  3. AnonymousJuly 11, 2011

    I have only been running on the "dreadmill" since I live on Long Island and all we seem to have is heat and humidity! Eagerly awaiting me delivery of PB 2!!

  4. I hate the heat and humidity, but sadly I have no other choice here in TX. :( I used to try the treadmill but I was always slipping and almost falling, not to mention hurting my feet, knees, and hips, so I don't think it's very good for me. I don't do much in this heat - about 2.5 miles is all I can stand - but I do try to get out a couple times a week. I'm looking forward to the day I can run that distance instead of walking/running!

  5. Hi Katie. Just catching up on your weekend posts. So sorry about what happened with little Chandler. Poor little guy, but more importantly, poor YOU!!! Hope you feel better soon, and are able to get some relief from the heat and humidity, and have a good day! Take care.

  6. Linda KuilJuly 11, 2011

    I am so not able to list my name when I comment on a blog. I do not know much about technical things!

  7. Linda KuilJuly 11, 2011

    My 13 year old is trying to help me make an AIM account, a Google account, etc. just to leave a comment! I apologize for the "test" comment above! Now I don't know what I was going to say!


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