A few Father’s Days ago, I shared my Superdad Oat Bars Recipe. My dad has always loved simple, wholesome foods, a trait which he fortunately passed on to me. We both adore bananas and oats, so many variations of these bars have emerged from my kitchen, including these cinnamon raisin banana oat bars.
My original Banana Oat Bars Recipe has a slight tropical vibe, but these cinnamon raisin banana oat bars have more of a breakfast influence. They’re sweetened with maple syrup and spiked with flaxseeds, dried fruit and the perfect touch of spice.
Tony isn’t a big raisin guy, so for him, I make this recipe with dried cranberries, dried blueberries or chopped walnuts. However, the cinnamon raisin banana oat bars pictured, are just as my dad and I would enjoy them together, packed with plump raisins. I do opt for organic raisins in my baking because grapes are a high pesticide fruit, and they can usually be found at a reasonable price.
Special Diet Notes: Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oat Bars
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.
- ¼ cup oat flour (see below) or whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed banana
- ⅓ cup maple syrup (can sub another liquid sweetener)
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed, rice bran or other neutral-tasting oil
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1¼ cups quick oats (certified gluten free, if needed)
- ⅓ cup organic raisins (dried cranberries, dried blueberries, or chopped walnuts)
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the banana, maple syrup, egg, oil, flaxseed, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the flour mixture, followed by the oats and raisins, just until combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and even out.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the edges are browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Since they are somewhat moist, I recommend refrigerating leftovers. They can be heated or enjoyed cold (my favorite!).