This easy recipe for gluten-free vegan banana oatmeal bars with blueberries and walnuts is for those who want a healthy homemade breakfast that lasts a few days, without a lot of work. Who has time to make breakfast every morning?
With this recipe, it couldn't be easier to start your day the right way, with just five minutes of prep time and a few simple ingredients you probably already have.
I'm all about combining simple, real food items with tasty seasonings, so you start your day off on the right foot. So, besides being vegan and gluten-free, there's also no added sugar in this recipe.
The final product of these vegan banana oatmeal bars is very soft, light and chewy, and they can be eaten either with your hands or, as I prefer, on a dish with a drizzle of maple syrup on top and a fork.
These bars are also a nice mix of sweet with a hint of savory from sea salt.
How to Make Vegan Banana Oatmeal Bars with Blueberries and Walnuts
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon sea salt + a generous pinch of sea salt
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup blueberries + a few extra for the top
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Coat / line an 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 baking dish with cooking spray, oil or parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mash the bananas thoroughly with a fork.
- Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract and one tablespoon of non-dairy mix and mix thoroughly.
- Mix in the oats, walnuts and ½ teaspoon of salt. If the mixture seems dry, add in another tablespoon or two of non-dairy milk and re-mix.
- Mix in ½ cup of blueberries.
- Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and smooth it out with the back of a spoon.
- Top with some extra blueberries and a pinch of salt.
- Bake for thirty minutes.
- Upon removing the pan from the oven, let it cool for at least ten minutes so the bars will maintain their shape.
- Cut four to six bars. Eat with your hands or heat them on a dish with a drizzle of maple syrup (optional) and a fork.
- You can also substitute strawberries for the blueberries if you prefer a more tart flavor as opposed to a mildly sweet flavor.
- I recommend pairing these bars with my absolute favorite blueberry coffee.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 295Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 7gSugar: 16gProtein: 7g
These gluten-free, vegan banana oatmeal bars with blueberries and walnuts are one of my favorite easy, healthy breakfast recipes. I hope you are pleasantly surprised by how tasty they are.
Recommended Coffee Pairing
I also love to pair my absolute favorite blueberry coffee with these bars. Blueberry coffee may sound odd, but it's so subtly sweet and light. When I worked at the mall during college, my co-workers and I would flock to Auntie Anne's the day this specific blueberry coffee was their flavor of the day and it has remained my favorite for nearly twenty years now!
Related Vegan Cookbook Pairing
Also, since this is a blog "where books meet lifestyle," I am pairing this recipe with the cookbook, The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book: 80 Mouthwatering Plant-Based Recipes You'll Want to Wake Up For, if you are looking for even more vegan breakfast food.
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