Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Bars

Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Bars

In my ever growing search for what to do with my too ripe bananas, I came across a few banana oatmeal recipes on Pinterest. I love banana bread but sometimes I’m in the mood for something different, you know?

I took ideas from a few of my favorites and put together this recipe. I replaced regular oats with gluten free oats, used honey instead of sugar, and applesauce instead of butter & oil. This recipe is also a slightly healthier option than my go to banana bread recipe.

If you want to make this vegan, try replacing the honey with maple or agave syrup and using vegan chocolate chips!


  • 2 ⅓ cup gluten free oats
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (if you’re looking for a more subtle cinnamon flavor use 1 teaspoon instead. I like my strong cinnamon flavor.)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup cinnamon applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • generous amount of peanut butter chips (or just chocolate if you prefer)

Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Bars


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees & grease a 9×9 pan and set aside.
  • Using a food processor or strong blender (Ninja , Vitamix…) blend the oats until it has the consistency of flour
  • Add the oat flour to a bowl & mix in the cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder
  • In a separate bowl, mash the bananas until they’re mush. Then mix in the vanilla, applesauce, and honey
  • Then pour the flour mixture into the banana mixture and combine well
  • Fold in the peanut butter chips slowly
  • Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for 20 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Let cool then serve and enjoy!

Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Bars

This recipe will make about 16 bars. Store them in an airtight container. The oatmeal banana bars do not have to be refrigerated but they will last longer if you do. They freeze well too!

Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Bars

Do you have any go to recipes for your too ripe can’t eat bananas?

Gluten Free Banana Oatmeal Bars

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  1. These bars sound delicious! And super filling. I need to start being more proactive on Sundays and prep a few things like this for us to snack on throughout the week. So much better than grabbing the actual bag of chocolate chips!

    Posted 7.22.15 Reply
    • Krystal wrote:

      They are super filling and satisfy my sweet tooth craving 🙂

      Posted 7.22.15 Reply
  2. Jaz wrote:

    I made these last night and I’m currently eating one as I type- Delish! Great recipe for a healthy snack that tastes good. I didn’t use gluten-free oats because I had regular oats already. I will be making again!!

    Posted 7.23.15 Reply
    • Krystal wrote:

      I’m glad you liked it! The best part about this recipe is it’s so versatile 🙂

      Posted 7.26.15 Reply
  3. kristen wrote:

    these look and sound so good! love the idea of using honey instead of butter or oil. i’m not a fan of cinnamon at all so i might just skip that lol

    Posted 7.30.15 Reply
    • Krystal wrote:

      It’ll be good without cinnamon. I just really love cinnamon!

      Posted 7.30.15 Reply
  4. This looks delicious! I’m gluten-free and can never find any snacks I like. I need to make and keep these frozen in the freezer for snacking emergencies!

    Posted 11.19.15 Reply
  5. Willow wrote:

    I am vegan and gluten free, so this recipe is perfect for me! I used banana in a mug cake and I loved how moist it came out.

    Posted 11.19.15 Reply
  6. These look super yummy! I’m not gluten free- but I have so many friends that are. I’m definitely going to make them 🙂

    Posted 11.19.15 Reply
  7. Hil wrote:

    I never knew you had to buy specific gluten-free oats. Thanks for the warning!

    Posted 11.19.15 Reply
  8. Yum! These look so good!

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply
  9. Sara wrote:

    Banana oats and chocolate are three of my favorite ingredients!

    Posted 11.20.15 Reply

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