Oat bars … flapjacks … whatever you want to call them!

These healthy banana bread oat bars make the perfect breakfast … I love to have them in the morning with a cup of coffee ☕️ You can make these ahead and store them in the fridge.



—3 ripe bananas
—2 cups oats
—1/2 cup ground flax
—1/4 cup maple syrup or another liquid sweetener (like honey or golden syrup)
—1 tablespoon cinnamon
—3/4 teaspoon baking powder
—1/2 teaspoon salt
—1 cup milk (I used a hazelnut one from Alpro this time)
—1/4 cup melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
—1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract


The easiest way to make these is to combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix. Pour into a greased pan and bake at 350 F/180 C for about half an hour … keep an eye on them so they don’t get too dark. If you’d like them less gooey you can bake them slightly longer.

What to do if you don’t have a food processor or blender?

You could probably still make them and they’d turn out fine, just with a different texture as the oats would be whole … or you can buy oat flour to use for this recipe.

A note about flax:

I love ground flax … it’s a source of omega 3s and other nutrients well. I would call it a superfood. If you don’t want to use flax you could sub with more oat flour, but I would add more oats than just 1/2 cup (about 1 extra cup should do it) as the flax likely soaks up some liquid. I got my flax in bulk at a Holland and Barrett.

Enjoy – if you make these I’d love to hear what you think!