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Banana Nut Bar

Banana Nut Bar

What does one do with extra ripe bananas? Throw them, right? Well, now you can make banana nut bar with it.  There is no need to add sugar in this recipe because you get the sweetness from the ripe bananas and the nuts that go in this.  The riper the banana, the sweeter the end product!  For a healthy alternative, substitute the oil with applesauce.  These work good as energy bars too!


  • Bananas - 3 ( the riper the better)
  • Dates - 1/2 cup, chopped
  • Walnuts - 1/2 cup, chopped
  • Almonds - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Golden raisins - 1 tablespoon
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tablespoon
  • Oil - 1/3 cup
  • Instant oatmeal - 1 cup or 6 packets (.98 oz each)



Preheat oven to 350 F.


In a bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.


Spray a cookie sheet or an oven proof dish with a light coating of oil and pour the banana oatmeal mixture on it.  Spread it out evenly and put it in the oven.


Bake for 25-30 minutes.


When slightly warm, cut into required shape and enjoy!

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  • Reply
    anoo pie
    March 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

    hi, want to try this out…just a clarification needed, is instant oats the same as quaker rolled oats? or can u suggest the brand for instant oats.thanx

    • Reply
      March 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Hi Anoo, rolled oats are bigger than the instant ones and I think they take longer to cook, I use either the Quaker instant oats or the local brands that we get in stores here…look for oats that say instant or quick cooking!

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    April 30, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for a great recipe!! I tried it last night and substituted apple sauce for half the oil. It turned out great tasting, but probably could have done with a little more cooking. How do I check for done-ness?


    • Reply
      April 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

      KJ, I am glad you liked it! To check for doneness, I just put in a toothpick or a knife and if it come out clean, it means its done!

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