Healthy Banana Oat Bars

img_6260Are you beginning the new year with a health kick? Perhaps it’s a change in habit or a new years resolution? The start of a new year often sees us reflecting on how we can be the best version of ourselves. For most people, that often involves a change in our diet.  These no-nasties banana oat bars are free of sugar, dairy, eggs etc! No nasties, but definitely plenty of flavour! Happy Baking Lx

Ingredients: 

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup nuts/seeds (I used equal amounts of almonds and dates)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Glaze (optional) – 1/4 cup coconut yoghurt, 1/4 cup dairy free white chocolate

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 160oC. Line a small slice tin with baking paper.
  2. Mash bananas in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Add rolled oats and stir to combine.
  4. In a mini food-processor, mix the dried apricots, and nuts/seeds (almonds and dates) until they are finely chopped.
  5. Add apricot and nut mix, and cacao nibs to banana and oat mixture. Stir to combine. See pictures below to check consistency.
  6. Pour the mixture into the lined slice tin and press down with the back of a fork or spoon until even in the pan.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. For the glaze – melt the white chocolate. Stir in coconut yoghurt and mix to combine. Drizzle over the slice and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  10. Once cool, cut into bars. This recipe made 12 pieces.

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Happy Baking Lx

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