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3 Simple Steps & 7 Ingredients For Banana Nut No-Bake Bars

Updated on May 25, 2014

Growing up I was the cookie maker for our house hence my Mom dubbed me the Cookie Monster. In fact in my later teens my mom got me a Cookie Monster laundry bag door hanger for my apartment. Clearly showing you are never to old to receive goofy childhood gifts (I loved that gift by the way!) even into adulthood.

Which brings me to this recipe. It is from my love of cookie baking I am sharing this new kind of recipe. I have searched Google & Bing for/about No-Bake cookies and the most common is (of course) the No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. All in all it is a good old stand by, if that is the furthest you want to go with a No-bake recipe?

Is it simple? Yes.

Is it easy? Yes.

Is it plain? Very much so! Well at least to me it is.

However, I wanted more and I love being creative, so why not in my baking too? In recent weeks I've been mixing and pairing ingredients I feel would fit into the Oatmeal base ingredient. Yet, a few still need fine tuning, for the most part each recipe made has been successful.

Here's one very successful version I believe will become the Banana Nut lovers fast favorite. It taste just like banana nut bread, but without all the hassle, work and mess... it's like a dream come true in this easy to prepare snack bar.

Happy Snack Making!


Cook Time

Prep Time: 20 minutes total

Total Time: Chill 3 hrs or overnight

Serves: 24-36


  • 3 -4 very over ripe Banana's - smashed/pureed well
  • 1/2 -c butter/margarine
  • 2/3 -c milk (or milk substitute)
  • 3/4 -c raisin/nut mix
  • 1/8 -tsp Cardamom and/or 1/8-tsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 4 -c Uncooked Oats


  1. In large non-stick pan place first 6 ingredients, bring to a rapid boil. Turn heat down & let boil lightly for 3-5 minutes. Stir consistently... after 3-5 min turn heat off & add oats.
  2. Stir in oats until thoroughly coated & mixed. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture onto & spread out onto shallow cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Let setup in refrigerator until firmer. Cut into equal size bars. Serve alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Swanson 100% Certified Organic Cardamom (Ground) 1.8 oz (51 g) Pwdr
Swanson 100% Certified Organic Cardamom (Ground) 1.8 oz (51 g) Pwdr

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      nuxa76 3 years ago

      love it

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I can't wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

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      David3142 3 years ago

      What a great idea. It looks really tasty.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      I love this recipe! I shared it on our G+page today!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Easy recipe for mom's on those summer days with lots of kids in the house.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      You didn't mention the best thing about this recipe - it is sugar free! I have needed a healthy alternative to the granola bar and I think this is it. I suggest that people use butter instead of margarine - it is much healthier.

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      Jo-Jackson 3 years ago

      I like no-bake cookies and this sounds perfect!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      This is the kind of cookie I love, will be making it, as I can already taste it and enjoying the thought of chewing them with a cup of tea. Thanks