Banana Oat Bars

This is a really easy and quick recipe for a flapjack style bar for when you need something sweet or a quick energy boost without spoiling your good intentions.

I make a version of this recipe in one form or another all of the time, because it’s cheap, tasty and faff free.  I’m lucky that I have a good food processor, but not everyone does it and sometimes I don’t like using it because I can’t be bothered to clean it afterwards.  These require nothing more specialist than a mixing bowl and a spoon so they’re ideal for when you’re feeling lazy and peckish for something carby and sweet.

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They are made largely from inexpensive store cupboard ingredients and don’t require any special equipment, take five to ten minutes to prepare and 20 to 25 minutes to bake.  Ideal for when idle hands and a sweet craving are leading you towards something a little more naughty.

The basic recipe is below but you can adapt it with loads of extras to make the flavour you want.  I’m a big fan of putting in nut butter or chocolate chips.

I use maple syrup as a sweetener just because I prefer it but if you like honey or a different form of liquid sweetener then feel free to substitute.


  • 3 cups of oats
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ cup of raisins


  • Flaxseed
  • Flaked Almonds
  • Seeds
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts
  • Desiccated Coconut
  • Peanut Butter

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a 20×20 brownie tin.

In a large bowl mash the bananas and crack in the eggs, stir to combine.

Mix in the oats and then syrup, cinnamon and raisins.

If you’re adding any extras in stir these through now – I sometimes love to add desiccated coconut and flaked almonds, but use whatever works best for you.

Pour the mixture into your lined tin and bake in the oven until golden brown on top – around 20 to 25 minutes.  Allow to cool and set and you’re good to go!

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