Brenda Small


These bars are a snap to make and have been kid-tested for 2 generations. My daughters, Jennifer and Abby, loved these yummy bars when they were kids. They were regularly requested in my kitchen. Then, along came Jennifer's twins, Braden and Caden. When Jennifer and her husband, Bennie, would come to visit from Lubbock, Braden's first stop was the cookie jar...and Mimi's Banana Breakfast Bars better be there. This was way before he could talk; so he just used "the baby outstretched arm language".

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12 to 24 bars depending on the size you cut the bars
30 Min
35 Min


3/4 c
butter, softened
1/2 c
firmly packed brown sugar
1 large
4 c
quick cooking oats, uncooked
1-1/2 c
mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 large)
1/2 tsp
sea or kosher salt
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 c
chopped pecans
1/2 c
golden raisins
1/4 c
chopped dried apricots


1Preheat the oven to 350F (325F if using a dark colored pan).
2Line a 13"X9"X2" baking pan with aluminum foil, putting the shiny side up. Make sure the foil hangs over the sides of the pan. Spray the foil with Pam. (May also just lightly spray the pan with Pam)
3In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
4Add the egg, beating until incorporated.
5Add the oats, bananas, salt and cinnamon and beat until well combined.
6With a wooden spoon, stir in the pecans, raisins and apricots until blended.
7Spoon the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan. This batter is very thick and stiff.
8Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes (less if baking in a dark colored pan).
9The bars are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it and the edges of the bars are just starting to brown.
10Watch carefully and DO NOT OVER BAKE! Check at 30 minutes.
11If you have lined the pan with foil, lift the bars out by the overhangs and place on a wire rack to cool. If you have simply sprayed the pan with Pam, allow the bars to cool in the pan.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Wheat Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #breakfast, #snack, #healthy