These Cherry Coconut Oatmeal Bars are the very definition of breakfast to-go. Free from any added sugar and made with only 5 ingredients (not counting spices), these bars are healthy, delicious and beyond easy to make. Your kids will love them, your friends will love them and most importantly, you will love them, so get out your mixing bowl and let’s get started!
In this recipe, I used unsweetened coconut flakes and unsweetened dried bing cherries from Trader Joe’s. The great thing about this recipe is that it is completely versatile to any dried fruit you would like to add, and if you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, they have an extremely large selection of unsweetened dried fruits to choose from.
Feel free to get creative with this one! If cherries aren’t your style, you can always sub them out for something else. I would love to hear what you come up with, so feel free to post your take on this recipe in the comments below.
This particular recipe comes out to about 200 calories per bar. Finished bars will store in the fridge for up to 5 days if covered in saran wrap.
- 4 cups gluten free rolled oats; coarsely chopped in a blender or food processor
- 1 cup large flake unsweetened coconut; coarsely chopped in a blender or food processor
- 1 cup unsweetened dried bing cherries; coarsely chopped in a blender or food processor
- 4 ripe bananas; mashed until completely smooth
- 2 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a large mixing bowl, mash 4 ripe bananas with a potato masher or fork until completely smooth.
- Add in 2 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract and additional spices, mixing thoroughly.
- In a blender or food processor, roughly chop 4 cups of gluten free rolled oats. When finished, add oats into the bowl.
- Do the same with your dried fruit and coconut flakes, chopping roughly into pieces then adding it into your bowl.
- Stir mixture to thoroughly combine.
- Line an 8×12 glass baking dish with parchment paper, and pour in your oat mixture. Press oat mixture into an even layer with a plastic spatula, then place into the oven to bake for 27-30 minutes.
- When finished, remove from oven and remove finished oat bars from the baking dish using the parchment paper to lift it out.
- Transfer bars to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before cutting.
- Wrap finished bars in saran wrap and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.