Bananas are inexpensive and full of nutrients. I put 1/2 of one in my oatmeal for breakfast or before a morning workout for quick energy. Every once in awhile though, I buy too many and they start to go bad before I can eat them all! They are perfect to freeze for smoothies or banana ice cream (frozen banana just thrown into the blender.) Sweet tooth in full swing, I decided to bake with my banana and here is what I came up with. It’s also vegan and gluten free!
Baked Oatmeal Banana Bites
- 1 Ripe Banana Mashed
- 1/2 cup Dry Oats
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup NuNaturals Stevia Baking Blend (you can use white sugar)
- 1 tsp of Cinnamon
- 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
- Optional 1/2 tbsp Slivered Almonds, Flax or Chia Seeds
First, mash the banana with a fork.
Next, add the rest of the dry ingredients.
Next, mix it all together. You will not need any extra liquid but if you feel like you need it, add some water or unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I didn’t need any for my batch.
Now, preheat the oven to 375F. Let the oats soak up some liquid. The longer the better but I only let mine sit for about 20 minutes. You can use muffin liners for easy clean up or not, I did not since I have mini muffin pans. You should have enough batter for 12 servings.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and let cool. Time to enjoy! You can add chocolate chips and omit the cinnamon or add raisins or other dried fruit if you like.
These are easy if you have a dessert craving. Two bites are 66 calories with 1 g of protein and 2 g of fiber (without optional ingredients).
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