Banana Nut Snack Bars. Vegan Glutenfree Recipe

One of my favorite snack food bars, Banana nut bars from odwalla suddenly were out of stock everywhere for 2 months or so. And I started snacking on nuts on the road or everyday snack time. Too many nuts and me do not go well together. Breakouts and jiggly arms. nuff said. 

So I decided I needed to make some snack bars. So here are these snack bars. Bananas, Oats, Dates, walnuts, cashews, hemp, spices. done. 

Make a batch and keep these handy. I kept these very simple. You can add in other dried fruit like cherries, apricots, strawberries, blueberries etc. Add other seeds and nuts. 

These granola bars are refined sugar free, can be made oil-free.

Vegan Banana Nut food bars

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Banana Nut Bars
Allergen Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, gluten, yeast, refined sugar. Can be made oil-free and nut-free

Makes 8 – 10 4 inch by 1.5 inch bars 
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves powder
a generous pinch of nutmeg
2 tsp coconut oil
2 cups old fashioned Oats (use certified gluten-free if needed)
3/4 to 1 cup dates (depends on how sweet you like the bars)
3/4 cup walnuts or use a combination of walnuts and cashews (use a combination of seeds to make nut-free)
1/4 cup hemp seeds

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a bowl, mash the bananas and mix in the vanilla, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and oil.
In a food processor, add oats, walnuts, dates and hemp seeds and pulse to make a coarse mixture. you can keep it chunky by adding chopped nuts later. 
Add this to the banana mixture a cup at a time and mix. Add more oats if needed. 
Press the mixture onto parchment lined sheet into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
Bake for 20 minutes. Rotate the baking sheet and bake for another 7 to 10 minutes or until golden on the edges and dry to touch in the center. Let cool completely before slicing.
Store in the refrigerator for upto a week or freeze. 

Use other dried fruit like cherries, apricots, strawberries, blueberries etc for variations. 

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  1. says

    Oh, this looks so tasty! Are the hemp seeds just there for nutrition (as opposed to binding)? Could I do half flax seed, half hemp?

    • says

      Hi sheetal,
      You can add dried coconut flakes, more of the nuts and seeds and some flour of choice. Add enough so the mixture is stiff not too sticky mix. then press into a parchemnt lined sheet or pan and bake.

  2. says

    So perfect snack. Especially for people on diet who must eat something sweet but still healthy. There is also great idea for people who don’t have time to eat breakfast at home. They can buy only some yogurt or milk and nutritious breakfast is ready. Your recipe give us also vitamin B1 and B6, for more nutritional information you can chech HappyForks analyzer.

  3. Corrin Radd says

    We made these for breakfast and loved them. Didn’t have hemp seeds so just added some ground flax.

  4. says

    banana and nuts are just the best combination. jumbo sized banana nut muffins were my favorite growing up- these are the perfect healthy alternative!

  5. Danielle Rose says

    I made these this morning and even though I don’t have the biggest sweet tooth ever, I wanted them to be a wee bit sweeter. I put a honey glaze (could perhaps do agave for vegan) on top and that helped a lot, but next time I think I will add some honey to the batter. Also, I also put 3/4 cup dates, rather than a full cup so increasing that in the future could help too! All in all, a great base recipe and I will experiment until I get it just the way I’d like. I’m thinking adding some shredded coconut would be divine too! Thanks!! :)

  6. says

    This is the easiest snack bars recipe i’ve found so far! I’ll try make them but my question is, how long do you think they’ll last in the freezer? D o you think i could replace the oats for, let’s say, chickpea or rice flour? Or will they make the batter too sticky? GF oats are just impossible to find where i live :(

    • says

      Try it with rice flour. Make a smaller batch to see how it does and if you like the texture and taste. chickpea flour will make it taste beany and bitter.

  7. says

    Just made these and they are delicious! What I love about your recipes, besides the tastiness and healthiness, is the flexibility – if I don’t have an ingredient it still works to sub another – this time I subbed flax seed for hemp seed.

    • Rachel says

      Hi Richa, thank you for all of your great recipes. I have this in the oven now and am looking forward to it! I am also looking forward to your cookbook!

  8. Nadine says

    Do you by chance have an option that uses quinoa rather than oats? Can quinoa (cooked or uncooked) be substituted?


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