These Chocolate Chunk Banana Bars are a delicious way to use up your ripe bananas. They’re simple, require minimal ingredients, and are a perfect addition to breakfast or snack time!
I’ve been making this recipe for almost a year now, and it’s one of my go-to banana recipes when I’m meal prepping for the week. I love having something sweet to grab in the morning before my actual breakfast, and these are always a satisfying treat.
These bars have all the flavors of banana bread, but are lower in sugar and higher in fiber. They’re a great make ahead option for busy weeks, and leave your house smelling like a bakery. I love to pair them with a side of fruit, eggs, or yogurt for a completely balanced meal.
What’s in these Chocolate Chunk Banana Oatmeal Bars?
- spotty bananas: the browner, the better.
- coconut oil
- pure maple syrup
- rolled oats
- oat flour: I make my own by blending rolled oats until fine like flour!
- vanilla extract
- lots of chocolate!
How to get your bananas to ripen faster
If you grabbed bananas at the store that aren’t ripening quick enough, you can store them in a brown paper bag to speed up the ripening process.
If you want immediate ripened bananas, try these tricks with your yellow bananas:
- Bake them on 350 F on a sheet pan for 15-20 minutes until brown, or
- Microwave in 1 minute increments for 2-3 minutes
When making this recipe, be sure your coconut oil is softened and not fully melted! You can refer to this post to get a better idea of what it should look like.
The texture of these chocolate chunk banana oatmeal bars is unbeatable. They’re light, moist (sorry, I said it!), and have pools of melted chocolate in each bite.