Banana Split Granola Bars

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These Soft Banana Split Granola Bars are the perfect homemade lunchbox snack! Delicious and filled with healthy ingredients, you’ll love sending your kids to school with these!

So I am taking a detour from the usual stuff today.

Well, just a minor detour.


These bars are jam-packed with sweetness, that’s for sure…

No detour there.

They are incredibly tasty.

No detour there.

They have quinoa in them.




Are you still there?



Don’t be scared y’all.

Stay with me here.


My kids are about to start school and I am determined to try and sneak some healthy-ish stuff into their lunch boxes.

We love our Oatmeal Cream Pies around here, but sometimes I like to act all earth-mothery.

And make granola bars.

With quinoa.


It’s like a challenge.



These bars, are called Banana Split Bars, and I got the recipe from THIS book that I just bought.  I don’t know the author and wasn’t sent a free copy.  I bought it.  With my own dollars.

I thought it might be a great book to have to make snacks for my kiddos in between their school and sports activities.

Once school starts we are on the run non-stop, like a lot of you guys, so I thought I could find some great recipes that would help give my kids the energy they need after school and keep them sustained through their soccer practices.


They really like the Homemade Clif Bars I’ve made in the past, and since protein/health bars ain’t cheap it’s nice to have a homemade alternative.

Plus, you can freeze these and they will keep for a long time!


Anyhow, these Banana Split bars are really tasty! A little like banana bread in bar form…filled with dried cherries, walnuts, oats, honey…

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Ok, let’s get started…

Like I said there’s quinoa in these.  If you don’t like quinoa you can totally sub in some brown rice.

The reason quinoa is great, though, is because it’s a little higher in protein than the rice.  You can’t taste the quinoa at all and honestly, you won’t even know it’s in there.


And if you’ve made some for dinner and have leftover, you can use that too!  I mean, as long as it’s not seasoned.  No one wants an onion and garlic banana split bar.


Ok, get your quinoa out…

 photo IMG_3478_zps1e838ebf.jpgCook it up and transfer it into a bowl to cool completely.  It won’t take too long at all.

 photo IMG_3484_zpsc271aaa9.jpgWhile it’s cooling get your other ingredients ready.

Quick Oats…

 photo IMG_3534_zpsa1398651.jpgSome mashed banana…

 photo IMG_3536_zpsf81de114.jpgHoney…

 photo IMG_3542_zps1c1940e3.jpgNow the yummies… dried cherries, walnut and chocolate chips.  I mean, what would a Banana Split be without the chocolate?

 photo IMG_3550_zps623017b2.jpgSpread that into a lined 9×13 and bake it up.


Here’s how it will look after it’s baked…

 photo IMG_3613_zps48b17238.jpgLet them cool and then cut into bars!

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These are really good, I swear it.


Banana Split Granola Bars
makes 16 bars
  • ⅓ cup quinoa
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1½ cups of mashed ripe bananas, about 3 medium
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup dried cherries (you could also use Craisins or raisins)
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°
  3. In a small sauce pan heat ½ cup until boiling over high heat, add quinoa, reduce to a simmer and cover for 9 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to sit for 5 minutes and fluff with fork.
  4. Transfer cooked quinoa into medium bowl to cool.
  5. In a large bowl combine oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  6. When the quinoa is cooled add mashed banana, egg, honey, Canola Oil and vanilla to bowl with quinoa. Stir to combine.
  7. Pour quinoa mixture over oat mixture and stir until all combined.
  8. Stir in dried cherries, walnuts and chocolate chips evenly.
  9. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes until top is golden and set.
  11. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
recipe from Power Hungry

Store airtight refrigerated for up to 5 days


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30 Comments on "Banana Split Granola Bars"


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August 29, 2013 9:32 am

These sound so good! I love the idea of quinoa is the granola bars and I mean banana split anything has got to be amazing!! So awesome and so perfect for back to school!

Belinda @themoonblushbaker
August 29, 2013 9:51 am

Yum Quinoa is a great sub for bars. I normally make too much anyway, so this great way to use it up before it goes bad.
Nothing wrong with a change up to your every wonderful dessert, cupcake, cookie blog. We all love sweet things grain or not grain.

Belinda @themoonblushbaker
August 29, 2013 9:53 am

Oh I forgot Great sneak in for your kids too!

Annie @ Annie
August 29, 2013 9:55 am

Oooooo, I’ve been wanting to make something with quinoa lately. These look like they’d be so hearty and super adaptable to other mix-ins. Love it!

Annie @ Annie
August 29, 2013 12:31 pm

I love how these have quinoa in! Granola is one of my favourite things ever, going to have to make these and see what the quinoa adds 🙂

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

I LOVE that there is quinoa in these!!

Emily @ Life on Food
August 29, 2013 12:53 pm

My husband heard a ridiculous story about quinoa once and won’t go near it. I am going to make these just to fool him 🙂 Plus I know I would love them!

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
August 29, 2013 1:27 pm

Love to make my own granola at home and this would be perfect for kids lunches!

Shashi @

You had me hooked when you mentioned you put quinoa in these bars! I love those little transluscent bubbles.
These bars look awesome – chocolate and berries and nuts all in one little handheald bar!
Thanks so much for sharing this!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
August 29, 2013 3:04 pm

I am impressed that you’re rolling with quinoa in these bars, Shelly! I know how it feels to want to pack some healthier lunchbox options. I am loving the hearty texture in these and those dried cherries!

Allie | Baking a Moment
August 29, 2013 7:49 pm

Love these! I’ve been on the hunt for healthy, on-the-go breakfast ideas, these are going straight to my pinterest board. Thanks for sharing!

August 29, 2013 9:38 pm

Look at you baking with quinoa!! I am SO impressed.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
August 29, 2013 9:39 pm

This is perfect timing because I JUST ran out of homemade granola bars today. They’re kind of my new favorite thing. And banana split? YES!

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking
August 29, 2013 10:02 pm

I love it! I don’t have any kids to send these to school with but my fiance eats granola bars at an alarming rate, so I think these will be a perfect healthier alternative! I can’t wait to try them. All about sneaking quinoa into unexpected foods!

August 30, 2013 7:36 am

I haven’t tried cooking/baking with quinoa before. You’ve convinced me to give it a try!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
August 30, 2013 10:15 am

Love this! Perfect treat for the lunchboxes!

August 30, 2013 11:05 am

These look fabulous! We love quinoa! I’m always looking for good snack ideas because not only do I need to pack lunches but also send a morning snack with my son to school. This looks much better than potato chips!


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August 30, 2013 12:26 pm

These look awesome! I have some leftover quinoa too! Do you know how much 1/3 cup dry amounts too after it is cooked?

Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
August 30, 2013 1:29 pm

Shelly, these bars look deeee-vine! I want a big handful for breakfast!

Luv What You Do
August 31, 2013 12:29 pm

I love adding quinoa to baked bars!

Kelley Moyer
September 8, 2013 12:21 am

Would coconut oil work instead of canola? These look really good and will be great on the last 14 days of my advocare challenge, but I don’t have any canola oil on hand!

October 9, 2013 6:45 pm

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December 11, 2013 7:22 pm

Does it have to be quick cook oats or could we use the old fashioned oats?

January 17, 2014 11:07 pm

I have a nut free school – could I omit the walnuts or do you have a suggestion how to alter recipe without adding the walnuts? It’s sad…I love high protein low cal recipes and nuts are so good for that. But nut allergies have really hurt our choices for these good healthy options.


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