This is the perfect breakfast for those days when you really want a muffin but need something hearty and healthy like oatmeal. For the best flavor use a very ripe banana. Any fruit can be substituted for the banana, including dried fruit (cranberries!) and nuts. The bars are great the next day, too. Once cool, put the bars into the fridge, then pop them in the microwave for a few seconds before eating.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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). Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

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  • Beat applesauce and white sugar together in a bowl. Add oats, milk, eggs, baking powder, and salt to applesauce mixture; beat until evenly mixed. Stir banana into oat mixture. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

  • Stir brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl; sprinkle mixture over banana batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until firm, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before slicing into bars.

Cook's Note:

You can still make this with a just-ripe banana or any other low sugar fruit, but you'll probably need to add some brown sugar and vanilla to bump up the flavor.

Nutrition Facts

300 calories; protein 9.4g 19% DV; carbohydrates 55.2g 18% DV; fat 5.4g 8% DV; cholesterol 66.1mg 22% DV; sodium 322.7mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2015
Very tastey. I had some slightly overripe bananas that I wanted to use up and I wanted something healthier than bread. It came out great. A few changes though: I had no applesauce so I left that out, I used 3 mashed bananas and 1/4th cup honey instead of the sugar, then I added a little nutmeg to the brown sugar/cinnamon mix. Def will keep thisin mind next time I have bananas Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2014
I had recently made Beckys Baked Oatmeal from this site and really liked it. I wanted to see if I could find a similar recipe with less sugar. This recipe had half that. It just didnt work for me. Personally I felt it wasnt quite sweet enough despite finding most foods with sugar too sweet. It also had a more gummy and rubbery texture that was almost slightly eggy tasting. I only have the comparison of the one recipe though which went over very well in my home. Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2015
Very tastey. I had some slightly overripe bananas that I wanted to use up and I wanted something healthier than bread. It came out great. A few changes though: I had no applesauce so I left that out, I used 3 mashed bananas and 1/4th cup honey instead of the sugar, then I added a little nutmeg to the brown sugar/cinnamon mix. Def will keep thisin mind next time I have bananas Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2015
I really liked this recipe. Instead of using bananas I added diced apples and I really prefer it over the bananas. Very moist and freezes very well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2017
Good Stuff! I added fresh blueberries dried apples and walnuts replaced 2% milk with skim and used 2 bananas because I didn't have applesauce. I had enough to fill the 8x8 and make a few muffins. They were moist and delicious. I have tried a few ways to make "healthy" breads from old bananas and so far this is the best. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2014
This was great. I added 2 bananas because they were small. This was perfectly sweet for my taste buds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2014
So good! Tastes like banana bread but a little more healthy;-) Comes out with a cakey consistency Mmm Mmm Mmm! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2016
Great! delicious. I used spenda instead of sugar and low calorie margarine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2014
I had recently made Beckys Baked Oatmeal from this site and really liked it. I wanted to see if I could find a similar recipe with less sugar. This recipe had half that. It just didnt work for me. Personally I felt it wasnt quite sweet enough despite finding most foods with sugar too sweet. It also had a more gummy and rubbery texture that was almost slightly eggy tasting. I only have the comparison of the one recipe though which went over very well in my home. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2015
I made this wanting a healthy snack for the morning without too much sugar. I followed the recipe pretty closely only adding some extra cinnamon to the mix. it was fairly bland except for the chocolate chips I added. Despite saying all that, I really like the recipe just don't expect a fluffy banana bread made with oats. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2016
This recipe has become such a hit in our home! I make it every week. It's such a good hearty eat while you're heading out the door kind of meal that serves our family well. I added fresh blueberries in my latest batch and it's to die for. Read More
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