Banana Oatmeal Protein Bars (Gluten Free)

Contributed By: Parker


2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup mashed banana
⅔ cup vanilla protein powder (such as Muscletech Whey Protein Plus®)
½ cup peanut butter, slightly melted
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries (such as Craisins®)
½ cup unsweetened flaked coconut (Optional)
½ cup chopped raw almonds
¼ cup brewed sweet and spicy black tea (such as Good Earth® Sweet&Spicy®
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut, or to taste (Optional)


Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch square pan.
Step 2 Mix oats, banana, protein powder, peanut butter, cranberries, 1/2 cup coconut, almonds, tea, chia seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl; spread into prepared pan. Top with 1/4 cup coconut.
Step 3 Bake bars until lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside to cool until they set completely, at least 15 minutes.

Helpful Hints:

These bars are gluten free, high in protein, delicious, and so easy to make!
This is also delicious if you substitute pumpkin for the bananas and add nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.
It's also delicious if you leave out the Craisins(R) and instead add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Additional Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 25
Yield: 1 8-inch pan
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
139 Calories
6g Fat
12g Carbs
11g Protein

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