Oaty Banana Bites

I love having nutritious snacks to hand – knowing that you can reach into the tin whenever you want and eat tasty, wholesome ingredients, without spiking blood sugar levels is just the best. When your taste buds AND your cells are nourished you know you are onto a good thing. Many nutritious snack recipes contain nuts, and as I also LOVE sharing my creations around – it is not so great when your best friend is one of the many people out there who are allergic to nuts. So here we have a NUT FREE, BF-friendly, low glycemic recipe that gets better with each passing hour they are out of the oven…

(CHALLENGE: see if you can make them last at least 24 hours!) 

 

It is based on a recipe I found at The Healthy Chef

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of mashed up banana
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup soft butter / olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or choc chips / nuts in tiny pieces / dried blueberries or any combo that you like)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Depending on size this can make about 16-20 bites.

What I did

  1. Put the oven on to warm up to 130 degrees.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until they come together in a firm consistency. If you don’t have a blender (or have ‘little helpers’ then squeezing the mixture together with hands can be just as good…a lot more messy….a lot more fun).
  3. Use a small ice-cream scoop or a teaspoon to get out small amounts that you can roll into balls in your palms.
  4. Place each ball onto baking paper on a tray and flatten very slightly.
  5. Cook for 30-35 mins. they are done when the outside is firm to touch.

Enjoy each and every one – they are GOOD FOR YOU!

 

These are great for snacks at any time of day or night, breakfast treats for picky eaters, for lunch boxes, picnics, meetings, staff rooms …