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Yummy Banana Oat Bars

These banana oat bars are good for a grab and go breakfast – you know if you need to have a dashboard breakfast on the run! Some mornings just play out that way. They are also perfect for taking on a hike or a bike ride. Sometimes you need a little snack with a cup of mid afternoon tea or coffee – they fill that need too! I wrap them up individually and freeze them. Let them thaw on the counter or warm them up in the microwave and enjoy.

Banana Oat Bars

These aren’t a wimpy little bar – no they are a nice size so you really feel like you have had a treat!

April 2013 014 (640x480)I always add a little cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg to boost the flavor and add a hint of sweetness.You want to use really ripe bananas as that is were most of the sweetness is coming from. If you don’t like raisins or dates you could use dried cranberries, dried blueberries or dried apricots. These bars are not very sweet which I like because they don’t send you on a carb craving streak like overly sweet treats do. Sometimes these turn out really moist and other times a little drier – I think it depends on how big the bananas are. Either way I like them!

Date Sugar

This recipe calls for just one tablespoon date sugar which is made from ground dehydrated dates. It’s less refined than cane sugar and can be used one for one in place of brown sugar in recipes. It can be found in health food stores and Whole Foods. If you can’t find it then substitute whatever kind of sweetener you have like sucanat, agave, honey, or maple syrup. If you prefer things on the sweet side you might need to use more sweetener than the recipe calls for – I’ll let you be the judge of that!

Yummy Banana Oat Bars

  • 2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg – but freshly grated has more flavor.
  • 1/2 cup raisins or chopped dates or dried fruit of your choice
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon date sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9 x 9 inch pan with non stick spray or line it with parchment paper or use a silicone baking pan.

In a small bowl mix oats, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins or dates and walnuts.

In another small bowl mash the ripe bananas, add vanilla extract, applesauce and date sugar and stir to combine. Add banana mixture to oat mixture and stir until well combined. Spread into prepared baking pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Let cool then cut into 8 bars. Refrigerate or freeze bars to preserve freshness.

Yield: 8 bars

Serving Size: 1 bar

Nutritional Information

Per Serving; 190 Calories, 6.9 g Fat, 29.2 G Carbohydrates, 4.1 g Fiber, 3.9 g Protein, 4.4 mg Sodium, o mg Cholesterol

Recipe Adapted from Dr Fuhrman’s “Eat To Live”paperback book pg 373.

Nutmeg Notes

Did you survive Halloween and all the candy temptations?

We skipped the passing out of candy and went out to dinner and a movie instead. We saw Gravity in 3D with Sandra Bullock and although it was a good movie it was so tense! The theater was filled with mostly” empty nest” aged folks like ourselves. Of course we packed in our own snacks –  a Larabar for me and a Kashi bar for hubby Tom. If only I had some of these Yummy Banana Oat Bars made I could have had one of them instead! I need to make some more healthy treats ahead and restock my freezer.

Wishing you a fun filled weekend!

Tami

I love reading your comments and questions – keep them coming!

Do you sneak in your own snacks at the movie theater?


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  1. Snowbunnie says:

    These look wonderful …. Do they freeze we’ll. ?

    1. Tami says:

      Yes these freeze well, I wrap them individually and freeze them.

  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    The bars sound great! I pinned them and will make them after our cleanse!

    Have a great weekend, Tami!

  3. Jody - Fit at 55 says:

    YUMMY!!!!!!!!!! I think I need these for me 1 outside run of the week. I usually eat a more Luna type bar before – like an hour before but these would be perfect! THX!

    We stayed in – we don’t get kids at our place – they seem to go to the big houses in the neighborhood & away from their own little townhouse. :)

    1. Tami says:

      Hope these work out for you as a pre running snack Jody.

  4. Sharon says:

    Those bars look great – I’ll be trying them as soon as this batch of bananas I bought get a little riper. Funny how we sort of jointly made the decision several years ago to stop going to the theatre for movies. Too crowded, too expensive, too few choices of decent movies (our standards are pretty high), etc., and we’ve never regretted that decision. We do our movie watching at home so it includes lots of snuggling and the ability to pause for snack breaks and other types of breaks that seem to occur more frequently now that we are “old!”

    1. Tami says:

      We too watch most of our movies at home for the very same reasons Sharon. Once in a while we go to the theatre if it’s something we think needs to be seen on the big screen!

  5. Biz says:

    Totally making these bars – I think they will be perfect for my pre-workout snack in the morning! Love the carb count too!

    Yep, Walgreen’s sells movie theater size treats for $1 a box – we always sneak in our own treats and I bring bottled water too! Helps to have a giant purse!

    1. Tami says:

      Let me know how you end up tweaking the bars Biz!

  6. Phillys says:

    Mine are in the oven right now, and I can hardly wait! I did have to sub maple sugar for date sugar, but I think they will be just like their name–YUMMY!
    Thank you!

    1. Tami says:

      Sounds good to me Phillys!

  7. MIZ says:

    Im such a sneaker.
    I lie to myself and say
    ITS SO SO SO OK IF IT IS SOMETHING THEY DONT SELL…THEN IM NOT REALLY RIPPING THEM OFF :-)

    1. Tami says:

      I always sneak in something on the healthy side that they don’t sell at the theatre. Now if they had something for sale that fit into my food plan I would gladly purchase it! :)

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