Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal Bars (Gluten Free…or not)

I love pumpkin bread…pumpkin cake…pumpkin pie…pumpkin pancakes…pumpkin muffins…pumpkin butter…

This means that all that orange gold stored in jars, cans, and freezer tubs must be guarded!  If I turn my back for an instant it will be sucked into the black hole of breakfast bars and snarfed by my family!

Don’t misunderstand!  I really like Pumpkin Cranberry Baked Oatmeal Bars.  However, I’ve been stressed and cranky lately.  When I’m “stranky” and I face the choice of a tasty healthy breakfast OR CREAM CHEESE FILLED PUMPKIN MUFFINS, I have a hard time not opting for mood-management through fats and carbohydrates!

This is Maeve in full-blown ‘stranky’ wolfhound mode!

So, rather than creating a Smaug-like bed of golden treasure, I’ve just been trying to keep my family supplied in breakfasting alternatives.  These Banana Baked Oatmeal Bars are cheap, healthy, filling, and they help preserve my top-shelf collection of squashy goodness.

These bars are yummy enough that if I eat one for breakfast, I get some of the same flavorful mood management with none of the “I raided my kids’ Christmas candy” guilt!  The recipe below is gluten free.  However, if you leave out the xanthan gum and cut the eggs in half, you can make them with gluten-y flour and they’re terrific.

I really hope you’ll give them a try, even if you aren’t trying to protect your own pumpkin-y Prozac alternative!

And…here is Maeve in a post-treat (and belly rub) ‘smiling so wide my lips are falling off my face’ wolfhound treat-induced coma!

 

Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal Bars (Gluten Free?)
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Tastes like banana nut bread, but keeps you full like porridge! They're also a lot easier to eat in the car! We eat baked oatmeal bars for work/school breakfasts, and these are one of our favorite versions! I hope you'll give them a try!
Servings Prep Time
1 9 x 13 pan 5 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 9 x 13 pan 5 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal Bars (Gluten Free?)
Print Recipe
Tastes like banana nut bread, but keeps you full like porridge! They're also a lot easier to eat in the car! We eat baked oatmeal bars for work/school breakfasts, and these are one of our favorite versions! I hope you'll give them a try!
Servings Prep Time
1 9 x 13 pan 5 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 9 x 13 pan 5 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 9 x 13 pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350` and spray a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients except walnuts.
  3. Either fold in nuts or reserve them to sprinkle on top.
  4. Spread batter evenly in pan and top with nuts if they were reserved.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes. The bars are done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (There is some cook time variability depending on the volume of banana used.)
Recipe Notes

We make these gluten free, but by omitting the xanthan gum and halving the eggs they can be made with regular flour!  I hope you'll give them a try and then start making substitutions to make even better baked oatmeal bars for your family!

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Let me know if you give these a shot!  We double this recipe and make two 9 x 13  pans at a time.  The kitchen-aid mixes them up with no trouble.  We slice and freeze them.  They are great to nuke in the mornings or to grab frozen and eat later in the day.

Protect your pumpkin, Peeps!!! Eat more bananas!

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