Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars

These soft, filling bars are a nutrition powerhouse and perfect for making ahead for travel or a busy week. Steel cut oats give them a dense, bar-like texture, and the bananas and berries provide plenty of natural sweetness.

You can use whatever size pan you have, although the cooking time may vary depending on how thick you make them. I cut the 8 x 8 pan into 6 equal sized pieces and eat two bars for a single breakfast serving.

Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars

These soft, filling bars are a nutrition powerhouse and perfect for making ahead for travel or a busy week. Steel cut oats give them a dense, bar-like texture, and the bananas and berries provide plenty of natural sweetness.
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Active Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Time: 50 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Servings 3



  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats, dry, 3 oz


  • 3 medium mashed bananas
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (or 1/2 cup dry), 6 oz


  • 1/2 cup 4 oz nut butter, 4 oz
  • 1/2 cup nuts and seeds (I love a mix of toasted pecans, hazelnuts, and chopped almonds with a mix of hemp, flax, and chia seeds), 2 oz


  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon, apple pie spice, or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 375 F°
  • Mash bananas with a fork or potato masher in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Mash in the nut butter and mix well.
  • Stir in the oats, nuts, seeds, and fruit.
  • Line an 8” x 8” pan with parchment paper or lightly grease or spray with oil if you prefer.
  • Pour in the mixture and spread it out in an even layer.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until darkened or a toothpick comes out clean. I like to bake them a long time so that they are firm and portable.
  • Allow the bars to cool for 20 minutes. Cut them into 6 equal pieces, and transfer them to a wire rack.
  • When the bars are completely cool, they can be stored in an airtight container for a few days, or they can be frozen.


  • I cut the whole pan into 6 equal sized pieces and eat two bars for a single breakfast serving. Great for travel or breakfast on the go! 
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  1. Karen Miller

    Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Jennifer

    Made these this morning! Thank you!

  3. Anonymous

    Crazy when I went to print this out a HUGE smiley face was included which caused me to have to print out 3 pages and use lots of colored ink. Looking forward to making this soon.

  4. Can you make this with normal oats or does it have to be steel cut ? Thank you 😊

    • Hmm, not sure Louise. This is a recipe that a member of a BLE community shared. I would think so, because it’s basically the same as the breakfast rounds. If you try it, let us know how it goes!

      • Thank you I made them with normal oats and they turned out fine . Used them for my Ultra run and shared them . They went down a treat 👍🏻

  5. I am thrilled to see this recipe, have been looking for a portable breakfast for hiking and camping trips! Yay!

  6. Melissa

    I have made so many of your recipes.
    This is one of my go to recipes. It so nice to have a grab and go meal. thank you!

  7. George Matkowski

    Do not like banana bread,, do these taste similar? Meaning is the banana flavour dominant?

  8. Carmen

    Cannot thank you enough for posting this recipe – it has become an all time favourite in our household, and hubby is very picky but LOVES them 🙂👌💪

    After making it the first time I hadn’t saved the recipe yet – and when I looked for it again I couldn’t find it anymore – my reaction of panic showed HOW AWESOME it is 😜

    But I asked you and you were so very kind to make it available again straight away. THANK YOU AGAIN for that!!! 💕

    Today I made it with rice and quinoa flakes and with mango, cannot wait to try that version 😊

    Thanks to you and to Karen for this absolutely yummy and practical breakfast (and lunch and dinner 😁)!!! 🙏

  9. What were the fruits, nuts and spices you added this July for the modified version….it looks delish!

  10. Katiana

    Must be delicious! I will try right away… Just one question dry fruits are allowed in Ble?

    • Hi Katiana, no, dried fruits aren’t allowed in BLE, they are considered a sweetener or sweetened thing. I’m just a bit of a rebel. 😉 I haven’t had an issue with it personally, but I know that some BLE folks do.

  11. Anonymous

    Thank you for this recipe. So delicious! I topped it with frozen berries and couldn’t believe how full I was afterwards. Best part is I still have 5 more left for quick and easy breakfast.

  12. Fungi PGO

    I made this last night with almond butter and I added a handful fresh blueberries and one apple. It’s delicious not too sweet at all as I had expected . I also added cinnamon, ground cloves and ground mutmeg as spices. Thanks for the recipe 😀!! I am doing BLE and am in the weight loss phase I get desperate for alternative recipe ideas so your website is a great help.

  13. Gracie Kungle

    Katie I cannot find your recipe, can you send to me, thanks

  14. When you say “serving” of protein etc… do you mean this is the equivalent of 6oz fruit, 4oz grain and 4oz protein? Thanks!

    • How much a protein serving is depends on the food. For example, 8 oz of yogurt and 2 oz of nuts each count as a protein serving. It’s all in the BLE food plan documents.

  15. Anonymous

    I had the same thing with the huge smily face when I went to print…… 3 pages and lots of color ink. Possible to condense? Thanks so much for your wonderful recipes and great information “-)

  16. For those of you having printing issues, should be resolved now! Sorry about that. Thanks for being patient with me while I learn how to use wordpress! 🙂

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  19. Madeleine Mannix

    Is there a substitute to use instead of banana?

  20. Lisa M.S.

    What does a medium banana weigh? I struggle when I don’t know exactly how many ounces for a “small” or “medium” sized fruit in the recipes. Can’t weight to try this

    • Jackie Duczman

      Hi Katie did you have a version of this with different quantities that was baked in a 12×12 pan?

      • Hi Jackie, the size of the pan isn’t important with this recipe, any pan will work. I updated the photo but the original photo is at the bottom of the post.

    • Hi Lisa, an average banana weighs about 4 oz. This recipe is very flexible, so you can use whatever weights you want.

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  26. I love these! 💕 They are my go to breakfast bar. Thank you for sharing.

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  31. Anonymous

    Can I use cooked steel oats

    • Katie Gates

      I’ve never tried it, but I would think there would be too much moisture. If you try it let me know how it goes!

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