Homemade Oat Bars

Update: See my cooking video for this homemade oat bar recipe here!

Here is a great recipe for homemade oat bars – perfected over time by yours truly. These oat bars are a great snack to keep handy at home or at the office for times when you need to satiate a sweet tooth craving, and want to avoid caving into the desire to demolish a prepackaged cookie laden with sugar and preservatives. (Or box of cookies, perhaps?)


  • 2 2/3 cup raw oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds (ground seeds)
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (plain, not pie mix)
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2/3 cup total chopped pecans and walnuts
  • ½ tbsp cinnamon powder (or more if desired)
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or honey or maple syrup
  • one egg


Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Combine pumpkin mix, banana, egg, and sweetener and mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet ones and mix well until blended. Spread out on brownie tray and bake 15 to 20 minutes on a 350’ oven.

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11 comments on “Homemade Oat Bars

    1. AvatarKay

      Hi there … Living in Europe now here is my advice for the pumpkin: baby food! pureed Pumpkin without seasoning and organic is available in the baby food isle … works ! 😉

  1. AvatarHeather

    hey! I really like the sound of this but, I live in the UK and I dont think you can buy canned pumkin here. Can you think of a replacement? Thanks!

  2. AvatarLisa Sack

    Hi Barbara–Just wanted to say thanks to you for all the work you’ve done with my husband Jon. You helped him make a profound change in his life and he is so much the better for it. He’s been forwarding your blog to me and I’ve finally subscribed to it myself. Thanks again for your great work.



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