This lightly sweetened granola bar takes enjoying banana bread to a new (and portable) level. Courtesy of Running with Spoons , the recipe features a simple bar made from chewy rolled oats and ground flax that is lightly sweetened with ripe bananas, honey and dates. It’s also a friendly snack option for those on a gluten-free diet. Make and store in the fridge for a great post-workout snack!

Ingredients for servings

    Granola Bars

  • 2 cups rolled oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 0.5 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup very ripe mashed bananas

  • 0.25 cup honey (substitute with brown rice syrup if vegan)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract vanilla extract

  • 0.5 cup chopped dates (or other add-ins of your choice)


  • Preheat oven to 350F and prepare an 8 inch x8 inch baking pan by lining it with a sheet of aluminum foil, leaving a few inches of overhang on the sides to allow for easy removal. Grease the foil with cooking spray or oil and set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flax, cinnamon, and salt. Add mashed bananas, honey, and vanilla, mixing until fully combined. Fold in dates.

  • Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Using a greased spatula or your hands, spread the mixture evenly in the pan, pressing down firmly.

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until top sets and edges begin to turn golden brown.

  • Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.

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