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Banana Breakfast Bars

Banana Breakfast Bars 12.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Marie Ostrosky for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Apr 25, 2016

These somewhat-caky, somewhat-chewy bars have a subtle banana flavor that makes them perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast.

Make Ahead: The bars can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

12 bars

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Tested size: 12 bars

  • Coconut oil, for the baking dish (may substitute cooking oil spray)
  • 2 large or 3 small very ripe bananas, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Scant 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease an 8-inch square baking dish with the oil.

Use a fork to mash the bananas in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in the rolled oats, almond milk, cashew butter, cinnamon, honey, vanilla extract and salt until well incorporated.

Spoon the mixture into the baking dish, flattening and smoothing the surface. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until evenly firm to the touch.

Cool in the baking dish completely before cutting into 12 bars of equal size.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Deliciously Ella Every Day," by Ella Woodward (Scribner, 2016).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per bar: 110

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 4g 6%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 50mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 17g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 3g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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