Don’t Miss the Breakfast Bus!

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe7:54 a.m. – The typical time that our little Princess  rolls her fanny out of bed to get ready for school.

8:03 a.m.  – The time that the bus rolls up at the corner to carry the aforementioned Princess off to middle school.  (It used to be 6:50 a.m.: things are better now.)

Seven minutes.  She has an average of seven minutes – to get dressed, check her face, comb her hair, check her face again, maybe put on a little make-up, gather her school supplies that were supposed to be together the night before, grab her clarinet, hug her Mama and run out the door…

Breakfast?  Most often, it is in her hand – because if she can’t hold it and eat it before she gets to the bus stop, it won’t get eaten.  Because, heaven forbid should anyone know that she actually eats breakfast.  (“It’s embarrassing.”)  And somehow, no matter how early she gets up, it doesn’t change the amount of time she allots for eating breakfast.  Thirteen-year old girls are weird.

Any Mama or Papa who has children who hop on a school bus has at least a few mornings when there isn’t time to sit down and eat anything.  Some of us more than others, I’m sure, but we’ve all been there.  So when you press something into their hands as they bolt out the door, you hope it’s something healthy and delicious (and NOT full of weird chemicals and preservatives) – something that will stick with them for the whole morning.  Something that might even remind them that they are loved.  A few weeks ago, I threw a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, waved my magic spatula and came up with a new favorite – a soft, healthy, hand-friendly breakfast bar full of oatmeal and yumminess.

I like to wrap these individually and freeze them in gallon-sized Ziploc bags, then take out however many I need the night before.  They’re great cold, but for a warm breakfast on the go, ten seconds in the microwave makes them even better.

Oatmeal-Banana Breakfast Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 18 Bars

Oatmeal-Banana Breakfast Bars


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • ½ cup honey
  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup ground almonds (or ground flaxseed)
  • 1 Tbls ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger (optional: I love ginger!)
  • 1 Tbls baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • Optional additions:
  • ¼ cup coconut
  • ¼ cup golden raisins or craisins
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup anything else that sounds good (ahem… chocolate chips, anyone?)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Mix eggs, vanilla, applesauce, banana and honey together in a bowl.
  3. Add in oats, ground almonds, ginger, baking powder, salt and and “optional additions” you choose, mix well with wet ingredients.
  4. Pour in almond milk and stir combine. Set on counter for 15 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken slightly.
  5. Line a large jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Spread mixture evenly over parchment paper.
  6. Bake 1 hour, or until the top is slightly golden and it is “bouncy” to the touch. (Like a heavy quickbread.)
  7. Cool and cut into 18 bars.
  8. To store, wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and then freeze them in gallon freezer bags.


I like to wrap these individually and freeze them in gallon-sized Ziploc bags, then take out however many I need the night before. They’re great cold, but for a warm breakfast on the go, ten seconds in the microwave makes them even better.

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  1. says

    These look delicious. I struggle to feed myself healthy snacks all day long, as I need to eat a TON while I’m breastfeeding. I’m going to make a batch of these this week!

    • says

      I love these bars – enough sweetness to satisfy without being all sugary, and so easy to modify to your own tastes. (One of my favorite combinations is chopped almonds, coconut and nutmeg. Mmmm..)

  2. says

    I love this recipe because it’s so versitile! My kids aren’t big banana fans, but I could easily substitute just about any fruit! Thank you!

  3. Harriet says

    I made them today, using Ener-G egg substitute and it worked perfectly! I didn’t have honey (which also would not strictly be vegan, although I don’t actually ban honey for myself) so I used organic sugar. For the goodies I used Craisins, coconut and walnuts. I am so delighted with how it all turned out! So many times healthy baked goodies are a disappointment but this was a keeper.

    • says

      Harriet's Oatmeal BarsThanks so much for the follow-up, Harriet! I almost included a note for vegans, but I know you folks are pretty adept at adapting. I’m glad they turned out so well. Hope you don’t mind me including your picture here!

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