Monkey Bars – A Kid-Friendly, Nut-Free School Snack

May 2, 2023

Monkey Bars – A Kid-Friendly, Nut-Free School Snack

Excite your kids with a fun twist on their favorite “Monkey Drink”! These Monkey Bars are a great option for school snacks, not only because they’re nut-, soy-, and dairy-free, but because they’re delicious and nutritious too!
Servings: 14 bars


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour*
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 medium banana
  • 8 oz Orgain Kids Organic Plant Protein Nutritional Shake in Vanilla**
  • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
  • 4 1/2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil***
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped chocolate chunks, divided****
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • Add the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a high-powered blender or food processor. Process until flour-like consistency is achieved, usually about 1 minute. 
  • Pour the flour mixture into a large bowl, then add the banana, Orgain Kids Organic Plant Protein Nutritional Shake, cane sugar, ¼ cup coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract to the blender or food processor. Process until uniformly combined, or about 30 seconds (scraping down the sides with a spatula if needed.)
  • Mix the banana mixture into the bowl with the flour until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  • Spray a rectangular baking dish (11 x 7 x 2-inch) with cooking spray, then pour the batter evenly inside the pan.  
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until outer edges are golden and wooden pick comes out clean when inserted in the center. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes. 
  • Microwave remaining chocolate chunks with 1 teaspoon of remaining coconut oil in a microwave safe dish in 15-second intervals until melted, mixing every 15-seconds to prevent burning the chocolate.
  • Evenly spread melted chocolate over the top of the bars, then sprinkle with coconut flakes. Place in the freezer to let chocolate harden for 15 to 30 minutes. 
  • Remove, then slice bars. To make 14 bars, insert knife horizontally down the center, then slice vertically. 

Storage: For best quality, store Monkey Bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within 7 to 10 days. Alternatively, freeze in an airtight container and use within 3 months.

    Note: To make this recipe dairy-free and vegan use vegan chocolate chips

      Nutrition Facts

      Serving size: 1 Bar | Amount Per Serving: Calories 170 | Total Fat 9g | Sat. Fat 6g | Cholesterol 15mg | Sodium 60mg | Total Carbohydrate 22g | Fiber 2g | Total Sugars 10g (Includes 8g Added Sugars) | Protein 3g | Vitamin D 6% DV | Calcium 6% DV | Iron 6% DV | Potassium 2% DV

      *You can omit the flour and use 2 1/3 cups of oats to keep the bar gluten-free. Please note this will result in a denser bar, but still tastes delicious! 
      **Swap the Orgain Kids Organic Plant Protein Nutritional for 8 ounces of the Orgain Nutritional Shake (grass fed or plant based depending on dietary preference) in Vanilla. Use the remaining 3 ounces in your morning smoothie!
      ***Unrefined coconut oil can be swapped for rice bran oil or preferred baking oil.
      ****Use a dairy- and soy-free chocolate to keep the recipe allergen safe for these allergens.
      Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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