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Banana, Apricot And Date Oat Bars Recipe

Ever thought you could bake something tasty without using butter, flour, sugar or eggs?  Well here’s proof that you can.  This simple oat bar recipe is healthy and nutritious, perfect for breakfast or a snack when you’re on the go.  It’s great for kids’ lunchboxes too.

If you want to add more flavour then try substituting the dates and apricots for other fruits such as cranberries, raspberries or sultanas and for a treat try adding some chocolate chips in place of one of the fruits.

Tips:

  • Use very ripe bananas for plenty of flavour
  • When you’re pressing the slice down into the pan, do it with force so the slice holds together when cooked.

Ingredients:

3 large ripe bananas

3 cups rolled oats

¼ cup finely chopped dried dates

¼ cup finely chopped dried apricots

¼ cup slivered almonds

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 16cm x 25.5cm slice pan then line with baking paper.
  3. Mash banana in a large bowl until smooth.
  4. Add oats, dates, apricots, almonds, cinnamon and vanilla.
  5. Mix well until combined then spoon into prepared pan.
  6. Using the back of a spoon press mixture down firmly and evenly into pan.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden.
  8. Cool, cut into small bars then refrigerate.

Image via taste.com.au

Banana And Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

This recipe comes from Teresa Cutter, a well-known Australian chef and the founder of The Healthy Chef – a company that creates yummy yet healthy foods, using organic and natural wholefoods.

It’s a great recipe for kids – mine love them and of course they don’t contain any nuts so they are perfect for the school lunchboxes.  The oats will keep you full for longer and can help lower cholesterol, whilst the olive oil contains all those good fats for your body.  If you’re gluten free you can substitute the oats for ground almond meal.

What I love about this recipe too is that it’s so easy!  It’s a great one for the kids to help you with because all you do is measure then mix.  No mucking around required.

Ingredients

1 cup mashed ripe banana

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 cups rolled oats

½ cup desiccated coconut

½ cup raisins (or you can use dried apricots or cranberries)

¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup

¼ cup olive oil (or you can use macadamia oil, coconut oil or butter)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees (fan forced).
  2. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well with your hands until it binds.
  3. Form into twelve balls and flatten slightly to form a cookie shape.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
  5. The cookies will keep for five days in a sealed container.

Image via thehealthychef.com

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