Now I don’t usually do this, but with the current times, I said f*ck it. Today on the blog I’m sharing (GASP)…a recipe that isn’t paleo. I know, I’m a fraud. But since Denver has a shelter in place and I’m trying to not go to the grocery store much, I decided to whip up these oat bars I made a while back while living in our old house. Since we are asked to leave our house as little as possible right now, I decided to make these bars the other day with everything I had in my pantry! I love that this recipe creates the most delicious bars with hardly any ingredients! It’s the best. Now I have a very happy husband every morning and I’ll bet you’ll have very happy kids, if your kids are home from school right now.

PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

I feel like I keep talking about kids and parents on the blog lately, but I’m FEELING for them right now. It must be so incredibly stressful to have the kids home full-time, while trying to teach them their school curriculum, and also work full-time to continue to pay the bills. Being a parent was a full-time job to begin with, but now it’s REALLY a full-time job. You parents out there are saints. So I’m hoping that some of my recipes are helping you guys out these days. I recently made my No-Bake Protein Brownies then shared 50 Kid-Friendly Paleo Recipes to hopefully help parents in a small way during this stressful time. I don’t know what it’s like to have kids, but I see my friends with kids and it’s hard freaking work, especially right now. So to all you parents out there – keep it up. You deserve an oat bar for your 24/7 hard work.

PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

It’s so weird to think that this lockdown could go until June. It sounds like it will definitely go through April, which I can wrap my head around, but June? Sh*t man. I’m thinking our trip to Spain in July might be a bust. But hey, I have my health right now so I can’t complain. And honestly, this shelter in place hasn’t changed much about my life. I didn’t leave my house much to begin with, so now I have an extra excuse to not leave the house. Before I had to lie and tell my friends I couldn’t make it to the bar they were all at. Now I just don’t have to lie. This pandemic has made me less of a liar and I am thankful for that. I’m also thankful for these oat bars. Speaking of, it’s time for breakfast.

PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

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Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bars 1x


  • 3 brown bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup nut butter (almond, cashew, sunflower seed, or other preference)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Then whisk/mix nut butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Then fold in oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Lastly, fold in chocolate chunks.
  3. Pour mixture into the grease baking dish, spread out evenly, then place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes, until cooked through in the middle. Then cut into bars and serve up! They are DELIGHTFUL when served warm!

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PaleOMG Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

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  1. Kara says:

    I used rolled oats and my bars came out yummy but dry. How can I give it a little more moisture next time?

    1. juli says:

      it could be due to the moisture in the bananas or the nut butter being a bit dry. try a more runny nut butter next time! but you could also always add just a bit of almond milk!

  2. Lauren W says:

    My 9 YO daughter and I made these last night together and had them for breakfast this morning. Fantastic recipe and fun, kid friendly-activity to do together as a family! Thank Juli!

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! glad you guys liked the recipe Lauren!!

  3. Laura says:

    Love this recipe… these are soooo good! I have enough brown bananas for two batches. Have you ever frozen these? Think they would turn out okay?

    I’ve been on a PaleOMG recipe kick lately and haven’t had a bad one, thanks so much for all of these!

    1. juli says:

      i have not, so i can’t say for sure!! and YAY, so glad you’ve liked every recipe!!

  4. Sandy says:

    Yum! Just made these and kinda burned my mouth because they are still hot, lol! So yummy with whipped cream too 🙂
    Hopefully the boyfriend will like them. All the crumbles will be good with ice cream.

    Another excellent yummy use for old bananas!
    Thanks Juli

    1. juli says:

      hahahaha did you rate it 4/5 stars because you burned your mouth?

  5. Cristin says:

    Just made these, so good! I love that they’re not too sweet.

  6. Dani says:

    These bars are a hit at home! Thanks, Juli!

  7. Jenny Orkin says:

    These are BOMB. Even the pickiest eaters in my family overwhelmingly and unanimously approve! 💯Thank you, Juli!

    Would you store these in refrigerator, if (which is a BIG IF) they don’t get eaten in first day?

    1. juli says:


  8. cness80 says:

    Hey Julie, any recommendations for making these egg free? My daughter can’t have eggs, but she would love these!

    1. juli says:

      i haven’t tried making this recipe egg-free, but i’ve had great success with bob’s red mill egg replacer with other recipes!

  9. Emily M says:

    Had to leave a review because I made these for the third time and they never get old!! I make them for breakfasts for the week now that I am back in the office. They make the perfect portable breakfast and taste amazing with a cup of coffee. It’s like banana bread and oatmeal cookies had the most wonderful baby. Thank you Juli!!

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! so glad you love the recipe!!

  10. melanie.giambattista says:

    So good! I made a double batch to freeze. I substituted the 2nd cup of natural peanut butter for a cup of plain Greek yogurt and it worked great!!