Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

These Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Bars are a delicious, nutritious, and great on-the-go breakfast or pre-workout snack.

almond butter banana breakfast bars

Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Bars (vegan) (makes 10-12 bars)



  • 1 C spelt flour (more information on spelt)
  • 1 C old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 C finely ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt


  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 C pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 C smooth almond butter
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed


Preheat oven to 350.

1) In two separate bowls, mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients, then combine, adding wet to dry and stirring gently until mixed.

2) Pour mixture into a pan and pat it down evenly. If you’ve learned anything from my blog, I hope it’s that you should always top baked goods with raw oats to make them look pretty :)

3) Pop into the oven and bake for about 25 or so minutes. Fork check to make sure they are done. And voila! So easy.

Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

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Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

Nutritional Stats:

Per bar if cut into 10 bars: 206.7 calories, 6.6 grams fat, 0 grams cholesterol, 187.7 grams sodium, 33.6 grams carbs, 14 grams sugars, 5.6 grams fiber, 3.6 grams protein

Per bar if cut into 12 bars: 172.2 calories, 5.5 grams fat, 0 grams cholesterol, 156.4 grams sodium, 28.03 grams carbs, 11.6 grams sugars, 4.7 grams fiber, 3 grams protein


  1. 2

    Awesome stats! Can’t wait for my kitchen to be done with remodeling. I can’t wait to make these.

  2. 3

    I cannot WAIT to make these!! I just put two very ripe bananas in the freezer last week to save for baking, so I’m going to pull them out soon and get to it. YUM!

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    p.s. these would be great in muffin form too, don’t you agree? ;)

  4. 7

    Question: what could be substituted for the maple syrup? Down here (in Texas) the real stuff is super expensive, and using the fake would just defeat the whole purpose :-) Would agave nectar or honey work? I’m not so keen on using agave nectar with the recent studies showing it is processed by your body very much like white sugar is. I’d be super happy to use honey! :-)


    • 8

      Honestly, I’m not sure what would work instead of maple syrup. I’d recommend just splurging on it… I think honey might be too sticky! You could try it, though :)

      • 9

        So I tried these with a few substitutions:

        1. Honey for maple syrup – totally worked! The applause & other wet ingredients prevented any sticky situations.

        2. Wheat germ for ground flaxseed – I couldn’t find any ground flaxseed here, and the hubs wasn’t keen on grinding them in the coffee grinder, so I googled “substitutions for ground flaxseed” and someone suggested wheat germ. I think it worked well. The original recipe may be a bit denser, but these were a big hit at the office.

        Next time I’m going to add some grated carrot, some almonds, and some cherries. Thanks for the recipe! Super yummy!

    • 12

      Coconut nectar by coconut secret is a great substitute. Works the same as agave but healthier in my opinion. Honey is good too but I am vegan so I like the coconut nectar.

  5. 14

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  6. 15

    I just made this last night and it is SO GOOD. My husband was raving over it and our 2.5 yr-old twins gobbled it up! ;) I didn’t have maple syrup so I used agave and it was great! :) Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

  7. 17

    Made this yesterday in an 8×8 pan, so ended up with nine thick squares – super yummy, but I am totally not getting the almond butter flavor! Thanks for the recipe – they’re working great as grab and go breakfasts & snacks as I’m headed out to school :)

  8. 18

    Hey Anne! This recipe looks great! Thanks for posting the nutrition stats for it. I was wondering if you would be able to share how long these bars stay good/fresh for once baked. Thanks!

  9. 21

    Great, thanks for your help

  10. 22

    Wow, these look delicious! Just found your blog and I really like it! I will hopefully be starting school next year in medical dietetics, good luck with your studies!

  11. 23

    Yummy!! I’m gonna try with some gluten-free oats ;o)

  12. 24

    Thank you thank you thank you! I just made these and they are perfect! Just sweet enough, without feeling like you’re having dessert. The oats provide great chew, and I left my banana a bit chunky so every so often you get a sweet, gooey bite. Brilliant recipe!

  13. 26

    Hi Anne, I asked this in your main blog for this recipe but I thought I would ask again, what size pan did you use? I am quite simply **dying** to make these! They look delish!

  14. 31

    I love love love these breakfast bars! The first time I made them as written and they were great! The second time I made them, I added a half cup of walnuts & a half cup of dried cherries and they were even better! Thanks Anne!

  15. 32

    Fabulous recipe! My 94-year old Italian Nani and I made these yesterday and they were “delizioso”!! (in typical italian cooking style, Nani wanted to add red wine to these, but I managed to convince her to stick to the recipe this time!!) Thanks Anne!

  16. 34

    Do we think these would be just as tasty with regular whole wheat flour and without the flax seeds? If so what do you think is a good substitute for the flax seed to get the same density?

    • 35

      Hey there – you can leave out the flaxseed, but DON’T use regular whole wheat flour in place of WW pastry flour. WW pastry flour creates a nice, soft texture – regular WW will be way too dense. You can substitute half whole wheat flour and half regular white flour and that should roughly be the same texture. Or, just buy some WW pastry flour :) It’s the best!

  17. 37

    How can l make these low carb and low sugar? l am having a hard time finding recipes.

  18. 40

    These sound like a great pre workout snack. I love anything with almond butter and bananas in it!

  19. 41

    Anne, just made these and am using them for cooking class clients in my “breakfast” lesson…I tweaked it a bit (1/2 almond flour, added 1/3 c raisins, subbed chia for flax, and PB for almond butter) and they turned out great! Giving you a shout out on the worksheet I hand out, of course :)

  20. 43

    Do you think I’d need to do anything different if I were to add protein into the mixture? Add/subtract ingredients? Bake shorter/longer?

  21. 47
    joanna garcia says

    can you use coconut flour

  22. 49

    Hey! These look amazing. Have you tried with almond flour or coconut flour as a substitute?


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    Mary Ann Calvio says

    I came across your website and love it…..I have saved as a favorite. Question regarding Spelt Flour, I have celiac disease do you if I’m able to subsitute Oak or some other kind of flour?

  24. 53

    I am wondering about using something other than Almond Butter. I was looking for vegan recipes, as I can often find things that someone with food allergies can eat that do not have eggs or milk.
    I wonder if sunflower butter would work – it’s fairly thick, thicker than peanut butter.

  25. 55
    MollyACorrine says

    I just made these and they are awesome!! I added in fresh blueberries and baked them in a muffin tin (gotta get creative since I’m still building my pans supply), filled them just bellow the top and they came out as the best muffins I’ve ever made! I can never be steered wrong with your recipes, thank you!

  26. 57

    Great breakfast bars! Can’t wait to give it a try, they look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  27. 58

    These remind me of a blueberry banana snack cake my mom use to make us as kids! Love it!

  28. 60
    Laura Strnad says

    Kind of confused here because in the recipe it says spelt flour but in the comments you talk about using whole wheat pastry flour; are they interchangeable?

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    Elizabeth says

    I’m always on the lookout for breakfast options for my girls, and this was a big hit even with my non breakfast eater daughter! FYI I had no almond butter so made them with peanut butter, which was super yummy too.

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