Banana Nut Chia Power Bars {Gluten Free + Vegan}

These protein-packed, gluten free and vegan snack bars are perfect for brown bagging or stashing in your car for a quick snack.Banana Nut Chia Power Bars - The Lemon BowlWhenever we travel, I try to make at least one homemade travel snack to offset the inevitable splurges that take place during vacation. If you’ve ever flown across the country with a toddler on your lap, you know just how important a well-stocked purse can be for the sake of your fellow travelers. :)

Travel Snacks - The Lemon BowlAt close to 8 months pregnant, I was unable to hold the little man on my lap so I must give a huge shout out to my hubby who held him on all 4 flights to and from Boston! It was our 8th and final free flight before he turns two and we have to start buying him a seat. Hey, we got our monies worth from the airlines! :)

Boston Skyline - The Lemon BowlAs I’ve mentioned before, Boston is where I spent 9 years of my life attending college, falling in love with my husband and later starting my career in the hospitality industry. It was a dream come true to bring our son back for the first time. This photo of him looking out at the city makes my heart swell.

Boston - Copley Square - The Lemon BowlIsn’t Copley Square beautiful? During college I used to intern at the Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau nearby and would have lunch in this park on warm days.

Cousins - The Lemon BowlOne of the main reasons we visit Boston as much as possible is to see my husband’s family including my adorable nephew (right) holding hands with his cousin, my son. Who isn’t happy to join their cousin for breakfast at Village Pancake House?

Hanging with Friends - The Lemon BowlThe other reason we went to Boston was so that I could attend my best friend’s bachelorette party. Baby number 2 put a major crimp in plans for me to stand in her wedding next month. :( Side Note: It’s too bad my son didn’t take a liking to her….

Rockport - The Lemon BowlOne of the best days of our vacation took place in Rockport, a quintessential coastal town about 20 miles north of the Boston. We enjoyed fried clams, lobstah and soaked up plenty of sea water and fresh air. It was glorious.

We are now back home in fall “back to school” and back to work mode. While my little guy isn’t heading off to school every day, it is certainly a busier time of year which is why I love having healthy snacks like these Banana Nut Chia Power Bars on hand. I know you will love them too.

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Banana Nut Chia Power Bars
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 12
  • Serving size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 185
  • Fat: 8.8 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated fat: 7.8 g
  • Trans fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 25.3 g
  • Sugar: 8.9 g
  • Sodium: 111 mg
  • Fiber: 4.3 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Snack
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These protein-packed, gluten free and vegan snack bars are perfect for brown bagging or stashing in your car for a quick snack!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1¼ cups crispy brown rice cereal
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 ripe bananas - mashed
  • ¼ cup *honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together oats, brown rice cereal and chia seeds.
  3. In a medium bowl, mash together bananas with honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Add banana mixture to the oat mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Add walnuts and stir again until well combined.
  5. Pour bowl into the prepared baking dish and use a rubber spatula to press mixture firmly into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool completely before slicing into bars.
Notes
Recipe is slightly adapted from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Honey is not technically vegan. To make vegan, replace with maple syrup, agave or dates.

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    These are amazing for travel…or for weekday breakfast. I love the banana/chia combo, too. I’m always looking for ways to include more chia.

    The vacation looks like it was absolutely amazing!

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Me too!! I always have chia in the pantry but admit I often forget to use it. BTW- chia is HUGE in the running world since it has so much protein and is great for re-fueling!

  2. says

    It looks as though you had a wonderful trip, Liz! I’m excited to be going back to Boston in April…it’s such an amazing city to explore.

    These bars are perfect for healthy snack options. I love that they’re not packed with sugar.

  3. Karen says

    Looks like a good recipe, however they are not vegan since they contain honey. Replace dates or agave syrup with honey to make them vegan.

    • Liz DellaCroce says

      Oh dear – and the funny thing is I JUST learned that honey wasn’t considered vegan! Thanks for the heads up Karen! I will be editing the recipe. :)

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