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…so, no detour there.They are incredibly tasty…no detour there. They have quinoa in them…


Are you still there? Helllllerrrr???

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!

Plus, 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…

Banana Split Granola Bars

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

Banana Split Granola Bars

While it’s cooling get your other ingredients ready.

Quick Oats…

Banana Split Granola Bars

Some mashed banana…

Banana Split Granola Bars


Banana Split Granola Bars

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

Banana Split Granola Bars

Spread that into a lined 9×13 and bake it up.

Let them cool and then cut into bars!

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These are really good, and your kids will love them!


Banana Split Granola Bars


makes 16 bars



  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of mashed ripe bananas, about 3 medium
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries (you could also use Craisins or raisins)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°
  3. In a small sauce pan heat 1/2 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sep 18, 2019 3:57 pm

Hey Shelly, would chopped maraschino cherries work for a true banana split experience or are they too wet as opposed to dried cherries?

Jan 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.

Dec 11, 2013 7:22 pm

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

Sep 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!

Aug 31, 2013 12:29 pm

I love adding quinoa to baked bars!

Aug 30, 2013 1:29 pm

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

Aug 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?

Aug 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!

Aug 30, 2013 10:15 am

Love this! Perfect treat for the lunchboxes!

Aug 30, 2013 7:36 am

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

Aug 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!

Aug 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!

Aug 29, 2013 9:38 pm

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

Aug 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!

Aug 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!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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