Oatmeal Energy Bars

I’ve been whipping up these nutritious Oatmeal Energy Bars for quite some time now. I love preparing them in the evening so I can enjoy them alongside my morning coffee for the next couple of days.

What makes these oatmeal bars truly exceptional is the magical combination of bananas and apples, which holds everything together without the need for added sugar or butter. If you’re a banana enthusiast, you can simply double the quantity and omit the apple altogether.

These oatmeal energy bars are not only incredibly delicious but also packed with essential nutrients like fibers, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, they’re vegan-friendly! Feel free to get creative by adding different dried fruits or chocolate chips to switch up the flavor and enjoy a unique snack every time.

How to make oatmeal energy bars

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Then, butter the sides and bottom of an 8Γ—8 inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the rolled oats with coconut flakes and raisins.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas well. Add the grated apples and vanilla extract and cinnamon, if used, stirring until well combined. Then, add the oat mixture and stir until everything is well incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, pressing it down with the back of a spoon. Optionally, make shapes on top with a fork. Bake for 30 minutes until the edges begin to crisp up.

Once done, place the baking pan on a wire rack to cool. When it’s cool enough, cut it into bars, and it’s ready to be served. Hope you will give them a try as I am sure everybody will be delighted. If you do, don’t forget to share the photos with me on Instagram. Enjoy your homemade oat bars!

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Oatmeal Bars

5 from 1 vote
Delicious, healthy oatmeal bars, with no sugar or butter, full of fibers, vitamins and minerals. Add different dried fruits, or chocolate chips for variations.
Servings 16 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup raisins (or chocolate chips, dry fruits)
  • 2 large, ripe bananas
  • 2 apples , peeled and finely grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon or other spices , optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Butter the sides and bottom of a 8×8 inch baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper. 
  • In a medium bowl combine rolled oats with coconut flakes and raisins. 
  • In a large bowl mash well the bananas. Add the grated apples and vanilla extract and stir well. Add the oats mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Put the mixture into the prepared pan, press with the back of the spoon, makes shapes on top with a fork (optional) and bake for 30 minutes until the edges begin to crisp up. 
  • Place the baking pan on a a wire rack to cool. when is cool enough cut into bars and is ready to be served.


Serving: 1 serving out of 16Calories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 16.6gProtein: 1.8gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 1.6gSugar: 6.4g
Calories: 91kcal
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, oatmeal, oatmeal bars, oatmeal energy bars, raisins

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  1. Kiri W Author says:

    This looks fantastic, and so healthy! I love that it’s all fruit πŸ™‚ Very nice!

  2. Bee Author says:

    Home made energy bars, what a great idea! I don’t eat a lot for breakfast, so these would be perfect!

  3. Hannah Author says:

    These look incredible! Such a great idea.


  4. Happy When Not Hungry Author says:

    I really need to stop buying bars and start making my own for lunch. These look amazing!

  5. myfudo Author says:

    This is another breakfast option. I love delicious treats for breakfast!

  6. Allene Author says:

    Have you considered adding about a teaspoon of cinnamon? We found it nice but a little bland without, so now I’m trying it with. πŸ™‚

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      That's a good idea. You know how it is with cinnamon , some people love it some don't. In my family it happens to be the same. Let me know how did you like it with cinnamon so I know if I should add it to the recipe or not. Thanks for your comment. 

  7. Allene Author says:

    The cinnamon really took this to the next level for us. πŸ™‚ Other pie-related spices like nutmeg or allspice would probably also perk it up if you want the kick but don’t like cinnamon. (Love your site, btw.)

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      That's great, I will try  too. I added this as an optional ingredient. Thanks for replying. 

    2. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I've made this last evening using cinnamon, and indeed it is much more better this way. πŸ™‚

  8. Fe Author says:

    Hi Ella,
    Can I use Desiccated Coconut instead of coconut flakes? Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

  9. Teodora Author says:

    Another easy and delicious recipe πŸ™‚ I love these bars. Thank you, Ella!

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