Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lunchbox Recipes: Homemade Banana and Oat Bars

Last night we baked these delicious banana and oat bars and I would recommend bookmarking it to your lunchbox recipes. They are made from raw oats, desiccated coconut, raisins and mashed banana. I am extremely thrilled to have found a recipe that actually works and tastes good. We'll definately be making more of these in the near future. I also included some pineapple rings and a handful of litchi's. I wanted to pre-peel the lichi's before including them this morning but was a bit pressed for time so I simply threw in a beautiful serviette for the girls to wipe their hands with. They also have a bowl of mango and coconut rice to enjoy.

Homemade Banana and Oat Bars

Yields: 8 Servings


4 cups quick oats not instant
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins or chopped dates
4 large ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 Tbs Honey optional
1/2 Cup desiccated coconut


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
2. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. Press dough in a 9"X 9" baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.
4. Cool on wire rack. When cool, slice into squares or bars and serve.

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Kjersti said...

Loved the bars! Can you share the recipe? I've been experimenting for awhile but haven't found the "perfect" recipe for bars yet that all my kids would eat. Yours sound like something they really can enjoy!

I found your site a few days ago and I just absolute love the creative yummies you send with your girls. They are lucky to have such a caring mom!

Thanks :o)

Debbie Langley said...

Hi Kjersti, I have posted the recipe for the Homemade Banana and Oat Bars below the post. Please try them and leave your comments.

Shelly said...

Hi there! Looks like a great recipe! Could I make it without walnuts? I am allergic and don't eat nuts (obviously) but I don't want the integrity of the bars to change. Any suggestions?

Debbie Langley said...

Hi Shelly,
Haven't tried it without the nuts, please try substituting the nuts with something else and let us know if it works.

Christa said...

Your original lunchbox comment said you also added coconut. Can walnuts be substituted for coconut?

Debbie Langley said...

Hi Christa,
Yes, you can use some coconut and leave out the nuts.