Do you sometimes feel like something sweet yet you want your snack to be healthy and nutritious? I like shop-bought granola bars but they tend to be loaded with sugar so I decided to try to make my own. This recipe is very simple and the two main ingredients are bananas and rolled oats.
Bananas are an amazing fruit. They are a brilliant source of energy and they are good for digestion, are probiotic and are a good source of fibre, Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese and Vitamin B6. Eaten raw they are a delicious and satisfying snack. But they are also brilliant for baking as they take place of sugar, eggs and fat.
The great thing about these bars is they have no added sugar and you can whip them up in just a few minutes. They are a perfect mid-morning snack or they are also fantastic for picnics or days out walking.
Homemade Energy Bars
Makes one 25 x 25cm tray
2 large, ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried dates
1/4 cup raisins
Grated nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
You can also add chopped wallnuts or hazelnuts, chopped dried apricots, dried berries or seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower or linseed.
Heat the oven to 180°C and line a 25 x 25cm square baking tray with baking paper.
Peel the bananas and mash them thoroughly in a medium mixing bowl; the bananas should be essentially liquid. Add the oats and stir them in. Stir in the dates, raisins, spices and any other ingredients you’re using.
Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan and press it well. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Place the baking tray on a rack to cool. When the tray is mostly cool, cut into bars. I use pizza cutter which makes the job easier.