breakfast bars.

when i buy bananas, i tend to buy a full bunch of them.  you know, like 6 or 8 – whatever’s there.  i don’t regularly eat bananas, though, so i’m not sure why i keep doing this.  inevitably, they start to get over-ripe { and } i find myself searching the indexes of my cookbooks for banana recipes.  sometimes when you have one ingredient on hand, this is a fun way to figure out what to make.  that’s how i came across these bar cookies.  they’re a great breakfast on-the-go or just a snack.  very sweet from the sugars { and } banana, with a nice crunch from the toasted walnuts.  challenge yourself.  pick an ingredient in your kitchen { and } search your cookbooks for something that matches it.  food blog search { and } tastespotting are both awesome ways to search among blogs for recipes, too.

stir dry ingredients together.

toast the walnuts at 350°f for 8-10 minutes on a dry cookie sheet.

the mixture of the sugars along with the banana makes these bars nice { and } sweet.

bake until golden brown.


breakfast bars.

adapted from bon appétit’s banana-oatmeal bars with chocolate chunks.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oats, quick-cooking
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup { 2 sticks } unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana { about 3 bananas }
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, chunks, or coarsely chopped from bars { use whatever you have on hand }
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted { and } coarsely chopped
  • fleur de sel { french sea salt }, optional


  1. pre-heat oven to 350°f.  spray a rimmed cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray { and } line with parchment paper.
  2. stir flour, oats, baking powder { and } salt in a medium bowl, set aside. 
  3. in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter until light { and } fluffy, about 3 minutes. 
  4. scrape bowl, add both sugars { and } beat until well blended.
  5. scrape bowl, add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  beat in bananas { and } vanilla. 
  6. add dry ingredients, stirring just until combined, stir in chocolate { and } walnuts.
  7. spread batter into prepared pan.  { optional: sprinkle fleur de sel on top before baking }  bake until a tester inserted into the middle comes clean, 40-45 minutes.  cool completely in pan on rack.
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6 thoughts on “breakfast bars.

  1. I usually do not comment on such things, but these were amazing. I am not kidding or blowing smoke or what not. If you think that these bars would taste incredible then you are a genius.

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