These Blueberry Banana Oat Bars are easy to make in one bowl and make a nutritious snack!
Creating nutritious, wholesome, and satisfying baked snacks is right in my wheelhouse and I’m so excited about these Blueberry Banana Oat Bars.
They are chewy, subtly sweet, teeming with a lovely banana flavor, and studded with juicy blueberries. When blueberry season comes around to your area, this is the perfect way to use the gems you gather from your blueberry-picking adventures. These Blueberry Banana Oat Bars are a cross between banana bread (my favorite!) and a chewy granola bar, and they are amazing as a nutrient-dense snack for you and your whole fam.We enjoyed them as a snack and breakfast. I love homemade baked goods that do double duty. They taste wonderful warm, but are also good served cold if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to reheat.
This snack/breakfast bar is vegan and can be gluten-free, depending on what flour you use. (See note in the recipe) It’s packed with nutritious, organic ingredients. Santa Cruz Organic Cinnamon Apple Sauce was used to add natural sweetness and it replaces the need for eggs or oil. It also adds extra fruit to the snack–always a good thing!
I’m pretty stoked to be working with Santa Cruz Organic to develop this recipe because they are committed to making environmentally sound choices. Their commitment to sustainability means that they focus on sound choices at every level–from the farms and suppliers to the energy used to produce the brand’s certified organic products. They stand for everything I believe in and it’s an honor to work with such a company.
Besides choosing to support companies like Santa Cruz Organic, there are many things you can do to make sustainable choices in your everyday life. Don’t think that small actions don’t matter–they do! Here are my simple tips for striving to live sustainably:
- Use Less Disposables. Take a look at where you are using disposable items and see if you can replace them with something reusable. We transitioned to a paperless kitchen over two years ago and it wasn’t as hard as you might think! I don’t even miss paper towels. 🙂
- Use Your Car Less. How this looks for you will depend on your living situation. I often dream of living in a walkable city, but for me that just isn’t a reality. Instead, I focus on carpooling whenever possible, and instead of driving from one side of a strip mall to another when I have multiple stores to frequent, I walk. Do whatever you can for your life.
- Drink Tap Water Instead of Bottled Water. As much as possible, use a reusable water bottle and refill it with tap water instead of relying on store-bought bottled water.
Not only will these small individual actions make a difference, you’re likely to inspire other people to follow in your footsteps when they see you making sustainable lifestyle choices. You never know how many people you can influence with your choices, so don’t think for a second your actions can’t make a large impact.
Now I think it’s time to get to this recipe! I hope you love it as much as our family did.Print
Blueberry Banana Oat Bars Recipe
These Blueberry Banana Oat Bars are easy to make in one bowl and make a nutritious snack! This is a vegan recipe and can be gluten-free.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
- Total Time: 56 minute
- Yield: 9 bars
- Method: baking
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup flour*
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup mashed bananas (from 3 medium, very ripe bananas)
- 3/4 cup Santa Cruz Organic Cinnamon Apple Sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup**
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper so their is some overhang. Set aside.
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Transfer to the baking dish and use the back of a spoon to even out the batter.
- Bake in the preheated oven until cooked through, the edges should be just barely starting to brown, between 20-25 minutes.
*Whole wheat pastry flour, oat flour, or all-purpose flour all work. Use certified gluten-free oats and oat flour for a gluten-free bar. You may blend rolled oats it the blender to make oat flour.
**You may substitute honey.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 171
- Sugar: 14
- Fat: 1.5
- Carbohydrates: 37
- Fiber: 4
- Protein: 4
As a pioneer organic brand, Santa Cruz Organic® was the first to have a wide range of organic, 100 percent juices and blends and the first juice processor to use all organic fruit sourced from growers certified by an independent, third-party certification organization. With a history of developing innovative products, Santa Cruz Organic currently offers more than 60 organic items ranging from organic fruit juices and lemonades to organic fruit sauces, chocolate syrups, peanut butters and fruit spreads. Visit www.santacruzorganic.com for more information
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Santa Cruz Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.
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