These simple and healthy rolled oat banana bites were mentioned by someone on twitter the other day as being a great snack following a workout. I can’t remember who tweeted about them, but I knew I had to try them. The recipe came from All Recipes where they are called “Healthy Banana Cookies.” I renamed them “Rolled Oat Banana Bites” because they are soft and more like little banana oatmeal cakes than they are like cookies. Nevertheless, they are simple to make and the recipe has only 5 ingredients. These snacks are also a great alternative to banana bread if you don’t want to throw out your ripe bananas. I also think they would make a great “on-the-go” breakfast.
To start, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
You will need the following ingredients…
You will have to chop 1 cup of pitted dates into small pieces…
Next, mash 3 ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl…
Add the chopped dates, 2 cups of rolled oats, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mixing bowl with the mashed bananas…
Mix all of the ingredients really well. I used the back of a big spoon to spread the dates evenly throughout the mixture. After everything is mixed together, let the mixture sit in the bowl for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, drop the mixture by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet…
Bake for 20 minutes in the pre-heated oven, or until lightly brown. I suggest storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like them cold too!
ROLLED OAT BANANA BITES
Makes about 20 pieces
3 ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the oats, dates, oil and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop the mixture by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 20 minutes in the pre-heated oven, or until lightly browned.