Homemade & Healthy Blackberry Banana Oat Bars

Blackberry Banana Oat Bars

Are you looking for a really yummy treat to give to your sweet for Valentine’s Day that is not only super delish, but also healthy?

These amazing blackberry banana oat bars have NO sugar and NO flour!  How about that?

blackberry banana oat bar

They are packed full of wholesome, nutrient rich fruits and superfood ingredients, while tricking your brain and tummy into thinking you are eating something decadent.

Give them a try!  Heart healthy, hearty, and from the heart for your sweetheart!

Blackberry Banana Oat Bars

  • Servings: 12 squares
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(adapted from recipe found here)Blackberry Banana Oat Bars

Ingredients:

Blackberry Chia Jam Filling:

2 cups fresh (or frozen) blackberries
2 1/2 Tbsp. honey (local if possible)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Banana Oat Crust:

2 ripe bananas
2 cups oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
To make the jam fruit filling, add blackberries and honey to a saucepan and boil over medium heat for about 10 minutes until fruit is mostly broken down and has released a lot of juice.  Add the other ingredients and boil for another 5 minutes until it thickens.   Allow to cool.

Next, make the crust. Blend up 1 cup of the oats into a fine powder (I used the Ninja).   Stir all ingredients together.

Spray an 8×8 baking stone or dish with Pam and then line with parchment paper.  Spread 2/3 of the oat crust mixture on the bottom of the pan. Spread jam fruit filling mixture evenly over crust. Use the rest of the oats to sprinkle over the top.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes until the oats are golden brown.

Cheers & Hugs,
Jodi

56 thoughts on “Homemade & Healthy Blackberry Banana Oat Bars

  1. Bravo, Jodi! Wow, these look amazing, ‘Nista! And I was looking for something really yummy I could make for Hub for Valentines. He loves berries! And we just got some gluten free oats! Woot! How timely is this? Really looks like an amazing recipe. I could lick the screen lol. Happy Valentine’s Day, my sweet! 💛😎👍🏼😘👏🏻

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    • YAY!!! Something my GF buddy Laura can enjoy!!! Yippee Skippee! Let me know if you make and how you like it! 🙂 Happy ❤ weekend! PS I painted hubby a landscape painting for his gift – I've been trying so hard all week every night. Made about 8 different ones – always ruin in the end. I settled on framing the last one. Still don't LOVE it, but hope he does just because I made it….. Maybe I'll post Monday?? And then, maybe I can redo another next year to replace it with that will hopefully be WAY better! 🙂

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      • I’ll do it, Jodi! I’m thinking I may do a modified oatmeal raisin…..and keep this one for when I have fresh blackberries. I’m so glad you posted this though. It’s amazing how changing your food can affect how you feel, so I just love to see this side of the ‘nista. It’s nice that Nick is making smoothies; I just love this! If he is ever in the mood for a dessert smoothie that is mad healthy, take 1/2 an avocado, a dollop (or two) of peanut butter or almond butter, whatever you have on hand, a splash of vanilla, pinch of salt, a banana and a tsp of cocoa. Taste, it may need some honey, but as your palate adjusts to reduced sugar (I’m a lifelong sugar-holic), you really can reduce so you just need the banana….seriously, this is an amazing dessert! It’s like a wonderful milkshake. And, believe it or not, because it’s low carb, a great way to lose weight! If anyone tries it, would love to know what you think. Creamy, rich and delicious! ❤ Happy Valentine's Day to you and Marty and the gang!

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      • You could, I don’t, but I do add either coconut milk or water also works. I used to process a whole bunch of avos at once, freeze them in halves, then when I wanted one of these, just grab one from the freezer. Ninja tears right through it. You could add ice and omit the liquid, sure!

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    • I got the Ninja for Nick for Christmas and he makes smoothies every morning. Sometimes I have one too. He puts all kinds of good stuff in it – fruits and kale and goji berries….. We’re loving it too! Bananas are a great sweetener! Always one in the smoothie too 🙂

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