banana dark chocolate oat bars

I love a healthy dessert or snack! I made these bars, and they did not disappoint. While they are great for a dessert or snack, I also enjoy them for breakfast as well. They use just four ingredients and are very simple to make. The dark chocolate chips really enhance the flavor of the bar. I definitely recommend that you add them, though you can of course omit them if you are not a dark chocolate fan.

These bars are already vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free, and there is even a paleo option noted in Melissa’s Modifications.

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Banana, Dark Chocolate Oat Bars

A healthy, easy dessert, snack or breakfast bar with few ingredients but still packed full of nutrients!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine All American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 240 kcal


  • 4 cups Rolled oats Gluten-free.
  • 6-7 Bananas
  • 1 cup Seed and nut butter NuttZo Butter or peanut butter.
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Dark chocolate chips Non-dairy, 70% cacao or greater—the more cacao, the better! Or 80% cacao Ghirardelli.


  • Preheat oven to 350º F (or 180º C).
  • Line an 8" x 8" (or similar-sized) glass pan with parchment paper.
  • Set aside half of the chocolate chips, then put all remaining ingredients into a large bowl. Mix.
  • Scoop mixture into the pan and press down firmly. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of the mixture.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. You'll see the sides browning and chocolate will melt.
  • Enjoy! They are delicious right out of the oven!


Melissa's Modifications:
I love healthy bars for breakfast or a snack on the go. They are versatile, so you can change them up each time you make them. Swap out the bananas for applesauce (3 smashed bananas = 1 c therefore ~2 c of applesauce, but guage on the consistency of the mixture, you do not want it wet) , and/or add chopped dates or raisins. You can also add different nuts like walnuts or almond butter instead of using the seed butter. There is no added sugar.
Nutritional Value:
1 Bar - 240 Calories; 31g Carbohydrates; 12g Fat; 10g Fiber, 8.2g Sugar, 8g Protein.  The bars are loaded with Vitamins A, C, Calcium and Iron.


Calories: 240kcal
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