When I found this recipe for a gluten-free Flourless Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars, I immediately wanted to try them. They were so simple to make plus they were sugarless, protein-rich, fibre-rich and nutrient-rich. What’s not to like about them then.

Healthy Oats Banana Energy Bars
Healthy Oats Banana Energy Bars

This month for the A to Z Challenge, we were to cook with an ingredient starting with the letter O. While I really wanted to make a special recipe with onions, I refrained because it was the holy month of Shravan. I then chose Oats as my ingredient and then chanced upon these Flourless Oats Banana Energy Bars that were just perfect for the theme.

What I loved about this recipe was that it can be very easily adjusted to suit every taste and preference.

  • If you want softer bars, increase the amount of banana.
  • If you want more gooey bars, increase the amount of peanut butter.
  • If you want crisper bars, increase the amount of oats.

Tip: Do use ripe bananas to get the rich flavour and gooey texture.

Being energy bars, these delicious squares are also calorie-rich, so indulge with care.

Do try my recipes for Ragi Ambli | Ambali | Ragi Malt with Buttermilk and Poha with Moong Sprouts: High Protein Breakfast

Gluten Free, Flourless Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars
Gluten Free, Flourless Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Recipe for Flourless Oats Banana Energy Bars

Flourless Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars: Gluten-Free (With Sugarless Options)

These nutrient dense Flourless Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars are very easy to make and can be stored for quite a while in the fridge. They are protein-rich, fibre-rich, and calorie dense making one square the perfect post workout snack.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Equipment
  • Oven
  • 9 X 4" Loaf Tin
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
Ingredients
  
  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cups Mashed Ripe Banana
  • 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter
  • 2-3 tbsp Chocolate Chips (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp Molasses or Honey (Optional; See Notes)
Instructions
 
  • The Preparation
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  • Line a 9" x 4" loaf tin with a parchment paper.
  • Making the Dough
  • Mash the banana well to ensure there are no lumps.
  • Mix the peanut butter and mashed banana well.
  • Add the peanut butter-banana mix to oats.
  • Add 1.5 tbsp chocolate chips and molasses or honey and mix well.
  • Baking the Oats Banana Energy Bars
  • Transfer the dough into the lined tin and use a spatula to form an even 1" layer.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on the surface.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • The Final Steps
  • After 15 minutes, remove the loaf tin and leave it to cool.
  • Gently lift the parchment paper and transfer the loaf onto a flat tray or plate.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut into 8 equal-sized squares.
  • Storing Instructions
  • Store in an airtight tin.
  • If you want to use them over a long period, freeze the Oats Banana Energy Bars. Warm in a microwave before eating.
Notes
My peanut butter was also sugarless so I added 1 tbsp molasses. You can skip this step and the bars are still delicious.
Keyword Energy Bars, Gluten Free, Oats Banana Bars, Oats Banana Energy Bars, Vegan, Vegetarian
Flourless Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars
Flourless Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Recipe for Flourless Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars

  1. Getting Started
    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
    2. Line a 9″ x 4″ loaf tin with a parchment paper. You do not have to grease the pan as the dough won’t stick.
  2. Making the Energy Bar Dough
    1. Cut the banana into small pieces and mash the pieces well to ensure there are no lumps. I used the pav bhaji masher to mash the bananas.
    2. Add the peanut butter to the mashed banana and mix well.
    3. Now add the peanut butter-banana mixture to rolled oats. Mix well.
    4. Now add 1/2 the chocolate chips (1.5 tbsp) and molasses or honey to the dough. I forgot to take a pic after I added molasses. 🙁
    5. Mix well. If the dough is very stiff add a little more mashed banana; if the dough is loose, add some more rolled oats.

  3. Baking the Oats Banana Peanut Butter Energy Bars
    1. Transfer the dough into the lined loaf tin and use a spatula to form an even 1″ layer. The dough will be quite stiff.
    2. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on the surface.
    3. Bake for 15 minutes. If you want gooey bars, bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
    4. Remove the tin immediately from the oven and let it cool a bit.
  4. The Final Steps
    1. After about 10 minutes of removing from the oven, gently lift the parchment paper and transfer the loaf onto a flat tray or plate.
    2. Using a sharp knife, cut into 8 equal-sized squares.
    3. Now let the Oats Banana Energy Bars cool completely.
  5. How to Store the Bars
    1. If you plan to use the energy bars over 2 or 3 days, store the cooled pieces in an airtight tin.
    2. If you want to use these bars over a long period, transfer into a ziploc bag and  freeze the Oats Banana Energy Bars. Warm in a microwave before eating.
 
Oats Banana Bars
Oats Banana Bars

I am taking these healthy quick bites to the A to Z Challenge.

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