Oatmeal is one of my favorite meals to make for breakfast. I mean, look at all of my breakfast creations using oats here, here, and here. It provides the perfect canvas not only for creative animal shapes and faces but for flavors as well. There are days, however, where waiting for the oatmeal to boil (even though Quaker now has an awesome Gluten Free Quick 1-minute Oats option, which is actually what is inside these breakfast bars) and washing the dishes are just not on my list of things to do for crazy-filled mornings. Seriously, sometimes washing the dishes are the worst. That is why these homemade Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are the perfect way to get your serving of oats for the day without the hassle and mess. Bake them the night before, lightly warm them up, and grab-and-go out the door with your coffee in tow. It’s oatmeal on the go, without the bowl!
Made with good-for-you ingredients, these breakfast bars make for an ultra hearty meal on-the-go for the busy mom and family. They make a great base for any other additions you want to throw in there like dried fruit, different nuts and seeds, shredded coconut, even chocolate chips! The kicker? They are lightly sweetened, using bananas as the main source of sugar, making them a heart-healthy choice for your family’s breakfast.
Do note that because there is no oil in this recipe and bananas are used as a binder, these bars have the texture most like a chewy granola bar, with a denser bite and softer center. It’s what oatmeal would taste like if they came in bar form. Oh wait, they do…THESE!
Homemade Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 25 mins
- Yield: 9 Breakfast Bars 1x
This recipe is a great base for different flavors! Try adding more nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, dried fruit, and even chocolate chips–whatever you desire–to liven up these homemade Oatmeal Breakfast Bars.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 c. Gluten Free 1-minute Quick oats
- 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. dry quinoa
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- ¼ c. walnuts (or nuts of choice)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ c. dark chocolate, melted (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8”x8” pan.
- Mash the ripe bananas with the back of a fork until completely smooth.
- Place 1 cup of oats along with the remainder of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse several times. Mix in remainder of oats with a spoon.
- Stir in the oat mix with the mashed bananas until completely coated. Pour into the greased pan and gently pat down until the batter is evenly spread.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow to completely cool.
- Cut evenly into 9 squares and drizzle with melted dark chocolate (optional).
- Serving Size: 1 Breakfast Bar
- Calories: 155
- Sugar: 7.5g
- Sodium: 112mg
- Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 24g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 5g
Feel free to check out this post from last month (and an adorable oatmeal creation) about my trip to Quaker headquarters to hear all about their new line of gluten free oats. I was so impressed by their dedication and hard work to bring gluten free oats to your family’s breakfast table, I think you will be too!
As a Quaker-Sponsored Blogger, my trip to the Quaker Oat Summit was compensated as was this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own
Want more breakfast inspiration? The incredible people at Quaker and I want to give YOU your very own Quaker® Gluten Free Recipe Inspiration Kit which includes:
- A chic tote bag
- An apron
- A custom ‘Love Oatmeal’ spoon
- A portable microwavable oatmeal bowl
- Delicious Quaker Gluten Free Oats, including Quaker Quick 1-minute Standard Oats (18 oz. canister) and Quaker Instant Quaker Oatmeal (single-serve pouches) in both Original and Maple & Brown Sugar flavors
Total giveaway value is approximately $60
ONE lucky U.S.-based winner will be chosen at random by January 20, 2016. Entering is easy, simply leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your favorite way to eat oatmeal! Giveaway is now closed.
CONGRATS Diana of Veggie Next Door. You won!
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Though compensation was made for this post, all opinions and text are my own. Please view all the information about Quaker’s gluten free oats to ensure you are making the right choice for you and your own family.
I just found this recipe while looking
for a homemade alternative to the breakfast bars in the stores.. too many artificial ingredients, don’t want soy, not enough protein -you name it. These looked good (I love oatmeal) plus I had everything in my pantry to make them. They are incredibly delicious! I added chocolate chips to half the batter and chopped dates to the other half. Perfect! I will be making these often! Thank you for this healthy, delicious recipe. I am a grandma and had never seen your site before..my grandkids would love some of your clever ideas! Well done.
Found this recipe recently, and have now made them at least three times. Perfect for school mornings, and for an easy granola bar alternative without the packaging or extra ingredients!
YES, love hearing this!
These sound great, be perfect for to take to work when on the go to. Thanks for sharing 🙂 simon
Definite perfect breakfast on-the-go! xo
I’m allergic to bananas, is there something else I can substitute it with? Also allergic to eggs, in case you were going to say eggs. Looks really, really good though.
I try to bake without eggs anyway for those who are allergic so at least we have that out of the way 🙂 As for a sub, you could try another fruit puree, like applesauce or even pumpkin puree. Not exactly sure how that will alter the flavor and texture but maybe worth a try? Good luck!
So excited because I have everything and will make for tomorrow’s snow day! Thank you! We love all your recipes.
These look delicious! What a perfect treat to hand my kids on our way out the door—mornings with two under 5 are no joke!
yum, I love oatmeal and these bars look and sound delicious! cute Jamberry nails, by the way 🙂
Love everything oatmeal
These sound awesome! This is just what I was looking for to take to work one morning.
Love oatmeal cookies!
These looks fabulous – I was just looking for something quick and easy to send the kids out the door with. These will fit the bill beautifully!
Thanks for the great recipe!
I mix half hot oatmeal and half homemade, crunchy granola.
My favorite way to eat oatmeal is in no bake cookies, but the way I eat it the most is with milk and a little brown sugar.
Elle @ Only Taste Matters
I love these! The perfect way to start your day!
These look wildly wholesome (in a good way!). It’s been forever since I’ve had oat bars, I’ll have to make these for the work week! Oatmeal is my everyday breakfast, lately I’ve had them with cacao, cherries and maple syrup. 🙂
diana @ veggienextdoor
Overnight Oats with a smashed banana stirred in!
I want to make these. I have soms old banana’s to be used..but I haven’t got quinoa seeds. Can I leave them out? Or just replace them with another seed.
You can definitely omit them, no worries! 🙂
Oh wow! These breakfast bars look incredible! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.
I love oatmeal pretty much any way, but my favorite is with some peanut or almond butter and jam or preserves swirled in…maybe topped with slivered almonds, bananas or berries on top. I’m seriously hoping I have all the ingredients on hand to make these bars today! It’s too cold to leave the house!
I eat Quaker oats every morning, I mix in a huge tablespoon of peanut butter and chopped up dates. So yummy and filling!
I’m a sucker for the basic FRESH raspberries and sliced walnuts. I mean, what is better than that?!
Stefanie @ Other Than Salad
I’m a sucker for an oatmeal breakfast bar. There are so many variations out there, but I can’t stop trying new recipes. These are up next! They look perfect.
My favorite way to eat oats: rolled oats, cooked on the stovetop, with chia-and-berry jam mixed in. And a drizzle of molasses!
Thanks for the chance at a great prize pack from Quaker.
Everyone in my house is different so one likes straight up cooked oatmeal, 2 others like it made into granola and I like to make oat bars to take on the go.
i love making a big batch of banana baked oatmeal to last me the week!
We always have applesauce in our fridge, so I always warm up my oatmeal, then add a few heaping spoonfuls of applesauce. That warm mixture really heats you up on a cold morning.
Just wanted to say I love your Jamberry nails 🙂