Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vegan Chocolate and Banana Oat Bars

I like to make my own snacks, since buying pre-wrapped snacks can really be pricey and contain too many unnecessary ingredients. These Oat Bars are dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan-friendly and are nut-free. Wow! So practically anyone can eat these! Made from very basic ingredients, these bars are easy to make and tasty to eat. You can customize them to your liking by adding toasted nuts, a tsp of flavoring, dried fruit (instead of chocolate) and spices. By making your own snack bars, you are saving not only money but you are getting exactly what you are craving in your bar. I'm a huge chocoholic - which is why these have plenty of mini chips, so I can get some in every bite. I didn't have to add any sugar to these because the bananas and chocolate chips have enough sweetness to make these perfect. 

The mini semi-sweet chocolate chips I used are by Enjoy Life. They are dairy-free chips that melt wonderfully. If you are concerned about gluten, make sure you purchase oat that are for sure not processed in a facility that may contain gluten. Although oats are gluten-free, they can sometimes be contaminated.  These can be stored in the fridge, wrapped tightly for about a week. You could freeze them as well - just make sure to wrap each one individually. 

Vegan Chocolate and Banana Oat Bars

Cook Time: 30 minutes
Prep Time: < 5 minutes
Serves: 9 squares


  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3oz mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cup organic rolled oats 
  • 2 tbsp organic ground flaxseed

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan with a little coconut oil. Set aside

In a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas until practically a puree. 

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 

Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan and bake at 350F for about 30-35 minutes, or until the oat bars are set. 

Allow the oat bars to cool before cutting into 9 pieces. 

Serve them at room temp or warmed.

Nutritional Info per bar:
Calories: 140 ; Fat: 5.5g ; Carbohydrate: 31g ; Fiber: 5g ; Sugar: 8g ; Protein: 2.5g 


  1. These look delicious, Laurie! I love that they have flaxseed ... one of my fave additions to breads and smoothies, and snack cakes or bars and cookies. Of course, the addition of chocolate to anything ups its interest for me! Wink!

    1. Ditto, I try to add flaxseed to everything - it has a lovely flavor and thickens everything.

  2. oh yummy - this is a great treat!

  3. I love all the healthy ingredients! A keeper recipe indeed!

  4. These beat store bought any day :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Thanks everyone - I can't wait to make a second batch (for myself) :)