Healthy Breakfast Bars Recipe

Deliciously soft healthy breakfast bars bursting with fruits, nuts and seeds. The best breakfast bars ever!

Wholesome and homemade: wonderfully filling breakfast bars packed with your favorite add-ins, heart-healthy oats and delicious fruit! What could be better?

You know what I love about making breakfast bars versus breakfast cookies? You can prep the entire batch of dough and just dump the entire thing in a pan, smooth it out and bake it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Nowadays, we’re all looking to make meal prep as easy and simple as possible. And let’s face it, if we could skip the whole prepping part of meal prep, we probably would. (That is, unless we achieved our dreams of having oodles and oodles of free time to enjoy the pleasure of baking.)

So what am I gonna do today to help things be a bit easier, a bit simpler, and a whole lot more delicious for your snack prep? Introducing…

Healthy Breakfast Bars

My easily customizable Healthy Breakfast Bars recipe! This recipe is one of my favorite breakfast bars ever. It’s packed with nuts, seeds, fiber-rich oats, naturally sweetened fruits and a bit of healthy fats to keep you full and energized throughout the day.

Best part? You can easily switch up most of the ingredients to suit your dietary needs. But more on that later… <– It’s called intrigue, people! 😉 And if you’re looking for more breakfast recipes, check out my 25+ Healthy Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes!

What Are Breakfast Bars?

Breakfast bars are one of my favorite breakfast treats! But more than that, breakfast bars are a breakfast food that’s packed with the most commonly enjoyed breakfast ingredients: oats, bananas, nuts, seeds and a lil’ sweetener, depending on the recipe. 🙂 Typically, you’d whisk together all of these ingredients, pour them into a pan, then bake, cool, slice and enjoy!

Breakfast bars are a super popular option because they can be made fairly quickly, and, can be customized to your personal liking!

In today’s healthy breakfast bars recipe, I’m taking the concept of breakfast bars and making them healthy. How are these breakfast bars healthy, you ask? Well, they’re packed with fiber-rich and heart-healthy ingredients, a minimal amount of sweetener, and whole ingredients that you can feel good about. Learn more about these breakfast bars’ health benefits below.

Overhead view of sliced breakfast bars on white parchment paper with seeds and fruit.

The Ingredients You Need

My breakfast bars recipe is made with simple, whole ingredients that you can feel good about! I love making these in advance, then packing some for a day trip or for a long day at work! Check out the delicious ingredients below!

overhead view of the ingredients in these breakfast bars.

How to Make Healthy Breakfast Bars

Wondering how to make a breakfast bar recipe the healthy way? We’re gonna make it simple and easy while using the least processed ingredients that also just happen to be packed with nutrients and vitamins. Follow these super easy steps to make breakfast bars!

Mash Banana

Mash banana in a large bowl. My secret trick for easy mashing? Using a dough blender! You can use a fork or a whisk to mash, but I love my handy tool the best. P.S. So does Erik!

two photos showing how to mash bananas for the breakfast bars.

Prep Wet Ingredients

Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the same bowl: peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, flax egg and vanilla. Whisk until well mixed. 

two overhead pics showing how to make breakfast bars - whisking wet ingredients

Add Dry Ingredients

Add dry ingredients and fold until well mixed: gluten free rolled oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Voila, you’ve just made the dough for your breakfast bars!

two pics showing how to add dry ingredients to wet ingredients for breakfast bars.

Fold in Add-ins

Now, for the fun part! Add in your favorite add-in ingredients for fully customizable breakfast bars. I like using dried cranberries for my dried fruit, sunflower seeds for my seeds, and chopped walnuts for my nuts.

You can skip them all and use chocolate chips, if you like. Go wild–they’re your breakfast bars!

hand mixing add-ins ingredients to breakfast bar mixture

Pour into Pan

Pour your breakfast bar mixture into a pan and smooth into an even layer. 

two overhead pics of pouring dough into pan and smoothing before baking

Bake

Bake for about 15 minutes.

Cool, Slice and Eat!

Cool, slice and eat the best healthy breakfast bars! Then pat yourself on the back—you rock!

What makes this breakfast bars recipe healthy?

You might be asking yourself, “What in the heck makes these breakfast bars so healthy?” Well, the ingredients, my friend! I’ve designed a healthy breakfast bar that packs in the healthiest ingredients without sacrificing on flavor. Take a look for yourself:

  • Oats: oats are a longtime favorite in my family. They’re fiber-rich, heart-healthy and keep you delightfully regular [1]. Sorry, had to say it!
  • Bananas: bananas are a naturally sweet fruit that lend flavor and delicious health-benefits to your healthy breakfast bars! Think: 33% of your daily RDI (recommended daily intake) of Vitamin B6, among other nutrients. Think: antioxidant-rich and fiber-rich [2].
  • Flaxseed, Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds: the powerhouse trifecta of healthy fats that are low in carbs and rich in nutrients.
  • Natural, Unsalted Peanut Butter: Sometimes peanut butter can get a bad rap–mainly because most store-bought peanut butter products are actually “spreads” which contain plenty of added sugar, oils, and other ingredients. Conversely, natural, unsalted peanut butter contains just 1 ingredient: peanuts. With 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter for the whole recipe, you’ll get just the right amount of filling, satisfying, heart-healthy fats to keep you going–without the guilt.

A simple and easy recipe for healthy breakfast bars that you can easily customize with your favorite add-ins.

Closeup view of the texture in this breakfast bar recipe with chopped nuts and fruits peeping out of bars

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Substitutions & Customizing Your Breakfast Bars

Wanna know how to make substitutions to your healthy breakfast bars? How about how to customize your breakfast bars to your liking? Read on to find out!

  • Peanut Butter: sub with almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter. Other nut/seed butters will work, too. 🙂
  • Coconut Oil: sub with vegan butter or other oil that you enjoy the flavor & scent of.
  • Vanilla Extract: sub with a smaller amount of almond extract, or other extracts—just make sure you don’t put too much in, as some are much stronger than vanilla.
  • Maple Syrup: sub with brown rice syrup, agave, or honey if not vegan.
  • Flax Egg: sub with chia egg or regular egg if not vegan. Learn how to make a flax egg here.
  • Seeds: I like using pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Try adding the seeds that you like.
  • Raisins or Dried Cranberries: sub with any dried fruit—just make sure to chop it finely so no big chunks make your breakfast bars crumbly.
  • Walnuts: sub with any chopped nuts or more dried fruit. 
Healthy breakfast bars laying diagonally on a breakfast table with pumpkin seeds
  • Dough Blender: my #1 tool for mashing bananas. And my how many bananas Erik and I have mashed (probably 1,000s). This dough blender makes quick work of mashing your bananas into just the right texture.
  • Organic Pumpkin Seeds, No Added Sugar Dried Cranberries & Raw Walnuts: my favorite add-ins, from no bake granola bars to homemade granola and more. The combo is deliciously sweet, savory, tart and nutty. Yum!

That was easy peasy, lemon squeezy, amiright? 😉 Let me know if you try my recipe in the comments below—I truly love hearing from you! In the meantime, just know that I’m so thankful that you’re here, sharing in these wonderful baking adventures with me and your loved ones. ‘Til the next one…

Sending you all my love and maybe a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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Healthy Breakfast Bars Recipe


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Deliciously soft healthy breakfast bars bursting with fruits, nuts and seeds. The best healthy breakfast bars recipe!


Ingredients

Scale

Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

Add-in Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or greased foil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add peeled banana. Using a fork or dough blender (recommended), mash until smooth. Add the remaining wet ingredients: peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, flax egg and vanilla. Whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Add the dry ingredients: oats, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold until well mixed. Fold in seeds, dried fruit and walnuts.
  4. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan. Using the rubber spatula, smooth into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 12-18 minutes, until just lightly golden around the edges. Mine took 15 minutes. Cool for about 1 hour. Slice into bars. Enjoy! Storing instructions below.

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Notes

Where to Buy Ingredients: Gluten Free Rolled OatsUnsalted Natural Creamy Peanut ButterOrganic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil | Golden Ground Flaxseed | Pure Vanilla ExtractOrganic Pumpkin SeedsNo Added Sugar Dried CranberriesRaw Walnuts

Storing Instructions: Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Recommended Tools: Grippy Mixing Bowls | Dough Blender for mashing bananas | Chef’s Knife for perfect cuts | 4-Event Timer | 8-inch Baking Pan

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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49 Comments

  1. I would like to have these breakfast bars on hand always. They are easy to make but so delicious, nutrient and healthy!

  2. My husband loves granola bars in the morning. I am going to try these, love that they are a healthy option!

  3. DELISH❣ These breakfast bars contain my kind of healthy – no kale. 😉 What I’m wondering about are the calories per serving. Could you direct me to a nutrition calculator that you like or have heard is a good one?

    You must exercise a lot to stay so beautiful and bake so many fantastic treats. Just saying…

    Thank you bunches,
    🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌
    Debbie

    1. Haha–sometimes ya just need a sweet treat to help you through all those endless bowls of kale! 😜 I’ve just input the nutrition facts for you. 🙂 If you’d like to calculate your own, I’ve tried MyFitnessPal and a few others with some success. Hope this helps!

      Aww… thank you, Debbie! I’m blushing over here…

      Sending you lots of love and great big hugs,
      ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
      Demeter

    1. Hi Jason. Oats themselves are naturally gluten free, the issue comes from cross-contamination with wheat. GF oats will typically be labeled as such in the grocery store, but if you’re not gluten-intolerant then you can use regular old fashioned oats. Hope this helps!

  4. Can’t wait to try these. Have you tried freezing them? Thinking of doing a double batch to help with busy school mornings.

  5. Hi Demeter, thank you for another great recipe! I made them for dinner this evening with a couple of minor variations. I used organic tahini instead of peanut butter, and one organic egg instead of a flax egg. Very yummy! Love and hugs, from Sydney Australia. 😊

  6. Thanks for this delicious looking recipe! Can you please suggest what can I substitute in place of banana, Thank you!