Home Fueling and Nutrition Dried Cherry and Pistachio Oat Bars

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Oat Bars

  FullSizeRender (4)

Homemade. Bananas. Oats. Dried cherries. Pistachios.

Slather with peanut butter.

Go to go.

Always on the go!

Belly filler.

Smile maker. 🙂

Dried cherry and pistachio energy oat bars.

That was fun-random little poem thingy :). It’s probable that I am still mildly delirious from my morning run but I wanted to share my go-to post-run refuel snack with you!

Who doesn’t love a good second breakfast on-the-go bar recipe? Since it’s been so incredibly hot/muggy here in Boston  (highs in the high 90s with nasty humidity) I’ve been waking up early to beat the heat; I don’t typically want anything heavy or difficult to digest in my belly so I snack on an apple sauce or banana pre-run. By the time I finish my run I am ready for something that is both filling and delicious while also easy to grab-and-go as I scoot out the door on the way to work. The dried cherry and pistachio oat bars have been a life-saver this week in re-energizing me post-run. Personally, I slather my bar with peanut butter but if you insist I’ll allow other nut butters to be used ;).

Hope you enjoy these belly-filling bars a much as I do!



Dried Cherry and Pistachio Oat Bars (Yields 12 small bars)

2-3 overripe bananas
¼ cup vegetable oil
2  tsp Stevia (or other natural sweetener)
3/4 cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cup rolled oats
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1-2 tsp cinnamon
¾ cup shelled pistachios
¾ cup dried cherries
*You can add 1 T of flax seed in for added crunch!



1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9X9 baking pan and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl smash up the bananas. Add in the vegetable oil, stevia, vanilla extract and apple sauce.

3. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients: oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon (& flax seeds if you choose).

4. Add the oats mixture to the banana mixture until just combined. Then gently fold in the dried cherries and pistachios.

5. Using a rubber scrapper pour mixture into baking pan and spread evenly. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for approximately 35-40 minutes. I prefer mine a little crunchy on top and aim for about 40 minutes.

6. Allow to cool for approximately 5 minutes before cutting into bars.



Never Stop Running (so you can eat these yummy bars) :),

Kass/The Lone Runner


I just want one… or two… or three..

One Response

  1. Flower

    Must make these today!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *