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4 Ingredient Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (Flourless, Eggless, Butterless)

These oatmeal breakfast bars are just 4 ingredients. They are flourless, eggless, butterless and ready in about  30 minutes. The oatmeal bars come out thick, soft and chewy and make an easy and delicious breakfast.
photo of a stack of breakfast oat bars

We eat a lot of oatmeal so I am always trying to come up with new oatmeal recipes. I love how easy these oatmeal bars are to make. It took me about 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake.

Ingredients

  • Bananas
  • Nut Butter (Almond or Peanut Butter)
  • Rolled Oats
  • Chocolate Chips (or dried fruit to make them even healthier)

Bananas

Use overripe bananas for best results. They are much easier to mash. You want to mash the bananas until they have a puree consistency. You don’t want chunks of bananas in your mash.

Nut Butters

Make sure you use natural creamy nut butter (the drippy kind you need to stir). For the version in the photos, I used almond butter.  I’ve also made them with peanut butter. I think the peanut butter version has more flavor. Almond butter has a more mild flavor profile so I like to add plenty of chocolate chips and/or dried fruit if I’m using almond butter.

Rolled Oats

This recipe uses old fashioned rolled oats. I have not tested it with quick oats or quick cooking steel oats.

Chocolate Chips

Either semisweet or milk chocolate chips will work. Milk chocolate chips are sweeter so if you prefer a sweeter oatmeal bar then you should add milk chocolate chips. I would avoid using dark chocolate chips as they are not that sweet and the oatmeal bars depend on the chips for sweetness.
photo of a stack of three bars

Sweetener for the Oatmeal Bars

Since these are breakfast bars I didn’t want to make them too sweet. The sweetness for the bars comes from the bananas and the chocolate chips. If you prefer sweeter, you can add a little maple syrup to the recipe or use a nut butter that has sugar added.
close-up photo of bars lined up on parchment

More Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

4 Ingredient Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Servings: 12 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Easy oatmeal bars that are perfect for breakfast. They come out thick, soft and chewy.
4.89 from 9 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas approximately 3 small bananas
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy almond butter or peanut butter unsweetened
  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8 inch by 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl add bananas and nut butter. Stir until evenly mixed. Add in oats and stir until evenly combined. Reserve 3 tbsp of chocolate chips and stir remaining into the oats. Stir until evenly combined.
  • Add oats to prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to spread the oats evenly across and smooth out the surface. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips across surface. Press them gently into the oat mixture so they are not loose on top.
  • Bake bars about 13-15 minutes or until set. Let bars cool completely before cutting and serving.

Notes

  • Measure your 1 cup of bananas after they have been mashed. Make sure your mash is a puree consistency with no visible chunks of banana.
  • The bars are not very sweet, getting most of their sweetness from the chocolate chips. If you like sweeter, you can add 2-4 tbsp of maple syrup or add more chocolate.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar, Calories: 175kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 199mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, NET CARBS: 19g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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53 comments on “4 Ingredient Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars (Flourless, Eggless, Butterless)”

  1. I’ve made this 3 times in 2 weeks. left out the chocolate chips and only used dried fruit and frozen blueberries. Also added 2 teaspoons of vanilla. It is so sweet that you don’t need additional sugar.

  2. These are fantastic. Easy to make and everyone loves them. I substituted Lily’s dark chocolate baking chips (less sugar, made with Stevia).

  3. Made the recipe without Chocolate Chips, but added English Walnuts and Raisins. Very tasty with coffee after they cooled! Will try a tip from America’s Test Kitchen to make them crunchier. Will add a little butter to oats and place on flat cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven, stirring every 10 minutes, until pale gold, 20-25 minutes. Then continue with the original recipe.
    Really liked the idea with the mashed bananas because I’m always having to freeze some when they over ripen. Also, gave the bars just the right sweetness! This is so easy to make. Thank you!

  4. I’m so addicted to these. I’ve switched up ingredients by using raisins or coconut. The possibilities are endless!

  5. My husband loves these. I used crunchy almond butter from Trader Joe’s and used a little less than a third cup of 100% cacao chips. I can’t have sugar. I also added a little ground flaxseed. They were plenty sweet. We like them in the freezer. Thanks.

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