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Easy Gluten Free Breakfast Bars with Peanut Butter and Oatmeal


Gluten free breakfast bars are the perfect start to the day. Add your favorite dried fruit and they are sure to keep you satisfied till lunch!

Easy Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Easy Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Everyone loves a good hearty breakfast, but between my one year old running around and everyone trying to get ready in the morning, that pretty picturesque breakfast rarely happens. Lately we have fallen into a gluten free frozen waffle slump. Now, I have nothing against frozen waffles (we like the ones from Trader Joe’s, they are only 1.99 a box!), but it isn’t exactly healthy.

Easy, healthy, refined sugar and gluten free, these Breakfast Bars are sure to please! #glutenfree #healthy. Share on X

My dad had been looking for healthy breakfast alternatives as well and had been making different types of oatmeal cookies. It got me thinking,

Could I make a healthier version of my Busy Mom’s Monster Cookie Bars?

Turns out I can! With just a few simple replacement ingredients and a secret ingredient to boost up the nutritional value, my family now has a quick, easy and delicious breakfast that didn’t require slaving away in the kitchen.

 Easy Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

A few tips.

I did a couple of things to make these healthier than my cookies. I switched out the sweetened peanut butter for one that was just peanuts and salt, added a banana (which you don’t even taste), used maple syrup in place of vanilla, and added heaps of dried cranberries (plus a bit of dark chocolate) and most importantly, I used coconut sugar instead of refined sugar (and used less of it).

Since these are breakfast bars, the goal was not to make them to sweet. These gluten free breakfast bars are very versatile, you can really add whatever dried fruit you like, and the chocolate is up to you. My husband loves dark chocolate, personally it gives me a migraine so I stay away from it.

Before we get to the recipe, a couple of key notes:

  1. In order for these to be gluten free you MUST use gluten free oats. If you are looking for certified gluten-free oats there are only a handful of companies in which they are certified. You can find the list here. Other companies do have gluten free oats, but they are not certified. Use your best judgement.
  2. When adding dried fruit and/or chocolate, read the label to make sure it is gluten free. Also, keep in mind, that if there is sugar added to the fruit or chocolate, these breakfast bars may not be as healthy, though I am sure they will taste good!
  3. In order to make these peanut free, use your favorite nut butter or sun butter!

That’s all folks! Enjoy your breakfast and if you try these, be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

If breakfast bars aren’t your thing, but you love oatmeal, you have to try this Oatmeal Recipe with Blueberry Cheesecake Swirl from Food, Faith and Fitness or if you are looking for a Paleo option, these Paleo Energy Balls from Healthy Seasonal Recipes are perfect, pair them with this Easy Apple Smoothie from Dash of Megnut.

Easy Gluten Free Breakfast Bars with Peanut Butter and Oatmeal

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Easy Gluten Free Breakfast Bars
Author: Amanda Kanashiro
Yield: 12 bars


  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened gluten free peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or vanilla
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups gluten free oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup gluten free dark chocolate (if desired)


  1. Cream together butter, peanut butter and coconut sugar.
  2. Stir in banana, maple syrup, and eggs.
  3. Stir in gluten free oats and baking soda.
  4. Stir in dried fruits and chocolate.
  5. Spread into a 9 x13 pan.
  6. Bake at 325 for 35 minutes.
  7. Cool completely and cut into bars.
  8. Wrap individually. Refrigeration is not required, but will help them last longer :).

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  • Reply
    May 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    I love grab and go recipes like these! Makes busy mornings so much easier!

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    May 4, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    My kids & I love these kinds of garb & go bars! I like that you have a list of certified GF oats, too. 🙂

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    Joni Gomes
    April 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    OMG as I am reading through these ingredients, I realized that I have them all on hand already! Making this ASAP!

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      May 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm

      We love these for quick and easy breakfasts!

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    Renee D Kohley
    April 30, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Such an easy breakfast – and super kid friendly! My girls will adore this! Thanks!

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    Raia Todd
    April 29, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    My kids will love these! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Cricket Plunkett
    November 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    i love baking with oatmeal, these look like my idea of a perfect snack!

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    May 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    These look delicious! I’m always on the lookout for make-ahead breakfasts my kids will love. Thanks for sharing!

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      May 10, 2016 at 11:14 am

      I hope the like them! Thanks for visiting!

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    February 24, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I made these with pumpkin in place of the bananas (and added ginger and coconut). Thai bliss!

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      February 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Great idea! I will have to try that, my husband is a huge fan of ginger, I think that would be a hit at my house!

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    February 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Yum YuM YUM! These look so tasty – I might have to make some for LUNCH!

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    February 22, 2016 at 11:11 am

    What a perfect quick morning option! Thank you!

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    Chrystal from Gluten-Free Palate
    February 22, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Yum! I can swap the peanut butter for sunbutter and my girls can have these too!

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    Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet
    February 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I love how you used mashed banana to help bind everything together. Sounds delicious!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 22, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Bars are always something I have on hand, either stocked in the pantry or nice and frozen in the freezer!

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    Alissia Haggard
    February 21, 2016 at 8:42 am

    These look amazing! My mom has celiac disease so I will definitely be sharing this with her. Thanks!

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      February 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Share away! and be sure to sign up for the free grocery shopping guide! It’s a great help!

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    February 19, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Just started my GF journey 5 days ago! You are my new BFF!!!

    • Reply
      February 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Congrats! If you have any questions let me know! Happy to help!

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    February 19, 2016 at 11:29 am

    My daughter actually said she’d like to try these! Not only is she celiac, but she is picky to the point where I want to pull my hair out.

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      February 19, 2016 at 11:32 am

      Awesome! Be sure to use a dried fruit she likes and it doesn’t have to be dark chocolate. I hope she likes them!

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    Robin Follette
    February 19, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I have to run out to do errands this afternoon so I’m going to look for gluten free chocolate and peanut butter. I don’t think I’ve ever tried them. This looks too yummy to pass up!

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      February 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

      I used Nestle I think, most chocolate is gluten-free and so is most peanut butter, but if you are Celiac you always want to double check :).

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    February 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

    You had me at “Easy”
    These really look delicious. I can’t wait to try them.

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      February 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

      They are really good…use whatever fruit you like!

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    Monica Bruno
    February 19, 2016 at 10:38 am

    These look great, Amanda! And thanks for the list of companies that make certified gluten free oats!

    • Reply
      February 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Thanks! You’re welcome!

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