These bars are gluten free, high in protein, delicious, and so easy to make!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
25
Yield:
1 8-inch pan
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Ingredients

25
Original recipe yields 25 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch square pan.

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  • Mix oats, banana, protein powder, peanut butter, cranberries, 1/2 cup coconut, almonds, tea, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl; spread into prepared pan. Top with 1/4 cup coconut.

  • Bake bars until lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside to cool until they set completely, at least 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

This is also delicious if you substitute pumpkin for the bananas and add nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.

It's also delicious if you leave out the Craisins(R) and instead add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.

Nutrition Facts

139 calories; protein 10.5g 21% DV; carbohydrates 11.6g 4% DV; fat 6.3g 10% DV; cholesterol 2.5mg 1% DV; sodium 68.3mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (37)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2015
Made this recipe with semi-sweetened chocolate chips walnuts instead of almonds (all we had on hand at the time) and chocolate veggie based protein (what we had) and it was fantastic! Our coconut was also sweetened. The recipe was not too sweet and not too bitter. I recommend the chocolate chips for sure though of you have a sweet tooth. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/11/2015
Found this while looking for recipes to use up bananas & gave it a try since I had all the ingredients on hand. No one in my family liked it. Read More
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48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2015
Made this recipe with semi-sweetened chocolate chips walnuts instead of almonds (all we had on hand at the time) and chocolate veggie based protein (what we had) and it was fantastic! Our coconut was also sweetened. The recipe was not too sweet and not too bitter. I recommend the chocolate chips for sure though of you have a sweet tooth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2015
I made this for my trainer as she wanted something quick and good for her busy days. I made it as is and she and her friends liked them a a lot. She then asked if I could make it a cookie so it felt more like a treat. I made them with applesauce added about 1/2 tsp nutmeg and a bit more vanilla and used a small scoop to portion the cookies. I baked them at 350 about 12-13 minutes. They turned out great! Just enough cookie-like consistency although a bit softer. I also let the batter stand about 5 minutes then stirred it before scooping. I plan on using pumpkin next time! Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2014
Moist and delicious. I did not have a sweet and spicy black tea on hand so I used chai tea instead which worked fine. For variety I will make it again using pumpkin or applesauce instead of mashed banana. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2016
A FANTASTIC recipe! I make 2 pans of these every few weeks and my husband takes them to work. We freeze them after they are cut and they thaw by lunch! ) I love that there is no sugar. I double the cinnamon and add pinch of cloves and cardamom little bit of nutmeg and a 1/4 tsp. of ginger. I brew a lot of tea I always end up needing more. I found I can substitute 2 - 4 ounce containers of baby food bananas for the fresh with no change of taste. I made one of each last time and they got mixed up in the freezer and he did not notice at all! I sometimes switch between almond butter and peanut butter or do a mix of both depending on what's in the house. I tried MANY recipes to give him protein with lunch and this and a pumpkin one are the only ones he requests! I Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2014
I loved this recipe. I added a teaspoon of brown sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2016
I didn't have tea or coconut I substituted with Apple juice. Added semi sweet chocolate chips and a TBS of flaxseed. Very good will make them again with coconut!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2019
A great recipe with no added fat or processed sugar! Although this probably earned a 4 star with me the basic ingredients are great. Needs SALT and a tad more sweetness that could be achieved with a touch of Monk Fruit or Stevia. I did the pumpkin version as not enough bananas were on hand. This pumpkin version should have measurements for recommended additional spices. Flavors of baked bars meld better after being refrigerated. So satisfying for a quick breakfast on the go. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2019
I used steel cut oats & upped the amount of tea that I put in. I also added sunflower kernals and cashews. Delicous! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2016
Have never reviewed on this site but wanted to for these. My husband and I love these. Protein smoothie and one of these and your good to go for breakfast. I've even used other nut butters and they turn out great. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/11/2015
Found this while looking for recipes to use up bananas & gave it a try since I had all the ingredients on hand. No one in my family liked it. Read More
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