Breakfast Oat Bars

This recipe comes from Bright Line Eater Karen, posted here with her permission. She shared this photo with a confession that she used a ruler to make sure they were perfectly divided. If you’ve been in BLE for any stretch of time I’m sure you can relate! 😉


Breakfast Oat Bars

  • Servings: Makes 6 Servings
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Each Serving Contains:

  • 1 Grain Serving
  • 1 Fruit Serving
  • 1 Protein Serving


Fruit Serving

  • 6 large mashed bananas (overripe if possible)
  • Any additional fruit add-ins if you like to reach your full 6 oz per serving 🙂

Grain Serving

  • 6 oz steel cut oats (dry)

Protein Serving

  • 12 oz peanut butter or other nut butter (she recommends a crunchy variety to add more texture, or swap out some of the nut butter for nuts of choice)

Condiments & Spices

  • Cinnamon, pie spice, ginger, vanilla, etc. according to your flavor preferences


  1. Mix mashed bananas, peanut butter and spices together and stir in steel cut oats.
  2. Pour in 12×12 pan (I spray with coconut oil or line pan with parchment paper)
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or so (depends on the size of the bananas) until toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool and then cut into 6 equal pieces. I cut one serving into 2 pieces to make it easier to store. I wrap in saran wrap and keep in the refrigerator or put in freezer bags and keep them in the freezer.
  5. Pull out the night before from the freezer and put in the refrigerator.

Note: it took me forever to find a 12×12 pan. Before that I baked in a 9×13 at 350 and adjusted the time, longer.

Recipe Source: Recipe by Karen, posted by Katie’s Bright Kitchen

Update: July 2019

I recently made these and loaded them with lots of fruit, nuts, and spices. Below is a photo of my slightly modified version.

Rate This Recipe:


  1. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Made these this morning! Thank you!

  3. Crazy when I went to print this out a HUGE smiley face was included which caused me to have to print out 3 pages and use lots of colored ink. Looking forward to making this soon.

  4. Can you make this with normal oats or does it have to be steel cut ? Thank you 😊

    • Hmm, not sure Louise. This is a recipe that a member of a BLE community shared. I would think so, because it’s basically the same as the breakfast rounds. If you try it, let us know how it goes!

      • Thank you I made them with normal oats and they turned out fine . Used them for my Ultra run and shared them . They went down a treat 👍🏻

  5. I am thrilled to see this recipe, have been looking for a portable breakfast for hiking and camping trips! Yay!

  6. I have made so many of your recipes.
    This is one of my go to recipes. It so nice to have a grab and go meal. thank you!

  7. George Matkowski

    Do not like banana bread,, do these taste similar? Meaning is the banana flavour dominant?

  8. Cannot thank you enough for posting this recipe – it has become an all time favourite in our household, and hubby is very picky but LOVES them 🙂👌💪

    After making it the first time I hadn’t saved the recipe yet – and when I looked for it again I couldn’t find it anymore – my reaction of panic showed HOW AWESOME it is 😜

    But I asked you and you were so very kind to make it available again straight away. THANK YOU AGAIN for that!!! 💕

    Today I made it with rice and quinoa flakes and with mango, cannot wait to try that version 😊

    Thanks to you and to Karen for this absolutely yummy and practical breakfast (and lunch and dinner 😁)!!! 🙏

  9. What were the fruits, nuts and spices you added this July for the modified version….it looks delish!

  10. Must be delicious! I will try right away… Just one question dry fruits are allowed in Ble?

    • Hi Katiana, no, dried fruits aren’t allowed in BLE, they are considered a sweetener or sweetened thing. I’m just a bit of a rebel. 😉 I haven’t had an issue with it personally, but I know that some BLE folks do.

  11. Thank you for this recipe. So delicious! I topped it with frozen berries and couldn’t believe how full I was afterwards. Best part is I still have 5 more left for quick and easy breakfast.

  12. I made this last night with almond butter and I added a handful fresh blueberries and one apple. It’s delicious not too sweet at all as I had expected . I also added cinnamon, ground cloves and ground mutmeg as spices. Thanks for the recipe 😀!! I am doing BLE and am in the weight loss phase I get desperate for alternative recipe ideas so your website is a great help.

  13. Katie I cannot find your recipe, can you send to me, thanks

  14. When you say “serving” of protein etc… do you mean this is the equivalent of 6oz fruit, 4oz grain and 4oz protein? Thanks!

    • How much a protein serving is depends on the food. For example, 8 oz of yogurt and 2 oz of nuts each count as a protein serving. It’s all in the BLE food plan documents.