Banana Blueberry Bars Made Sugar & Flour-free!

Recipe by Katie Mae

Makes 18 bars | Ready in 45 minutes | Stores 1 week in fridge


    • 4 dates, pitted (3 oz) (optional)
    • 3 tablespoons ground flax seeds (1 oz)
    • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract OR ½ vanilla bean, diced
    • 3 ripe bananas (12 oz)
    • 2 cups rolled oats, divided (6 oz)
    • ¾ cup walnuts (2 oz) (optional)
    1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (9 oz)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, making sure the sides are covered. Cut slits in the corners of the paper so that it overlaps and lies flat.
  2. Add the dates, flax seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla to a food processor. Pulse a few times, so the dates are partially broken up. Add the banana and pulse a few times.
  3. Then add the oats and pulse twice. Add the walnuts and pulse once. Add the blueberries and pulse once last time, so the blueberries are broken down as little as possible.
  4. Using a spatula transfer the batter to the baking pan and spread it out to the corners. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until the bars are golden brown and cooked to your liking (the longer they cook for the dryer the bars will be). Remove the pan from the oven, carefully lift the parchment paper out of the pan and set it on a cooling rack or cutting board. Let it sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.


Instead of using the dates as a whole food sweetener, leave them out and add 3 extra ounces of blueberries. One BLE serving is 1/6 of this recipe or about 3 bars. It should be counted as 4 oz cooked grain, 4 oz fruit, and ½ oz fat.

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If you have a sweet tooth but prefer the wholesome, jaw-dropping delicious, but never-over-the-top sweetness from fresh fruit, you’re going to love this treat.

It was six years ago that I wrote my second-ever dessert recipe: Banana Blueberry Bars! They’ve been a Plantz St. favorite ever since.

As delicious as they are, I’ve decided to recreate this recipe, so they’re even more wholesome! I like to say they’re lighter and brighter!

The new Banana Blueberry Bars call for whole oats that are very minimally processed rather than the fully ground oat flour used in the previous version.

I love this upgrade because it means the bars are less calorie dense, and you will be less likely to overeat this flour-free treat.

Try them out for yourself and see what you think!

Do the Lighter and Brighter Banana Blueberry Bars make the cut?


  1. Nadwa Hmaidan

    Hey I would like to access your BLE recipe I am a BLE member thank you

    1. KatieMae

      Hi Nadwa, This one of our premium recipes is for Plantz St. members. You’re more than welcome to join—I’d love to support you with more recipes that work with BLE. You can join here:

  2. Fred Leduc

    Hello Katie,
    Was this recipe updated like a day ago? Cause I tried it this weekend and I had amazing results and comments. But when I went back to it this morning, to check on ingretients and method, It seemed to have changed. Flax seeds added and different mixing procedures…

    Am I crazy? Yes of course but really?

    Thanks and great work 🙂

  3. Carol

    Hi, watched the video of this recipe on YouTube and it shows you adding apple juice. This recipe has no juice listed?? Without the juice seems the batter would be very dry. Is this recipe correct or missing the juice? Thanks.

  4. Anne

    Me too, I liked the video version but am guessing there was about 2 cups of apple juice (since there are 3 cups of oats)

  5. theculinarygym

    Hello Carol—great question! This recipe is an updated version of the video recipe. It’s very similar but with this new recipe the oats are left more intact rather than being blended into a flour. Since there’s no flour to soak up the extra moisture from the apple juice, it’s left out of this recipe.

    If you want to make the original recipe from the Youtube video, here are the ingredients:
    3 cups rolled oats, divided
    ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    2 tablespoons baking powder
    2 ripe bananas
    1 cup 100% apple juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ¼ vanilla bean
    ½ cup dates, pitted and halved
    1 cup fresh blueberries (frozen also works)
    ½ cup walnuts pieces

    Hope you enjoy them!

  6. theculinarygym

    Hello Anne! This recipe is an updated version of the video recipe, and it is written correctly without the apple juice. See my response to Carol for the original recipe ingredients. Happy baking!

  7. Carol

    Yum!! I just made these (this updated recipe) and they are so good (maybe too good bc I want to keep eating them!). Quick and easy. I’ve made other recipes similar to these but by far these are the best. Thank you Katie Mae!

  8. theculinarygym

    Fantastic, Carol! Love that you enjoyed them so much! I can relate to the almost too good 😉

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