Judging by the mountain of bananas in my fruit bowl right now it would be safe to say that we’re huge banana fans in our house. We use them a lot as an ingredient as well as a healthy snack. I like to use them to make my smoothies creamier and they are lovely mashed into porridge for some added natural sweetness.
By personal preference I hate eating overripe bananas, you know the ones, with their speckled skin and overly sweet scent. These are too sickly sweet for me, but they work so well in baking…banana bread anyone? With two sorry-looking ripe bananas left in the fruit bowl before the weekly shop arrived, I needed to use them up. This recipe came about by the desperate need to have some healthy snacks on standby and rather than making my usual banana bread loaf I fancied making something that was a bit different.
- 2 cups oats
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup almonds , chopped
- 4 medjool dates
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 date nectar (honey or maple syrup would also work)
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and line a baking tin with grease proof paper.
In a bowl mash the bananas with a fork and pour in the oats, pumpkin seeds, medjool dates, dried cranberries, chia seeds, chopped almonds and cinnamon. Stir together until well combined.
In a separate bowl, melt together the coconut oil and date nectar on the hob or in the microwave.
Pour the liquid ingredients onto the dry ingredients and stir through so that everything is well coated.
Tip the mixture into the baking tin and pat down with the back of a spoon until level.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown on the edges. Allow to cool before portioning.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge or in the freezer.
All of these ingredients are such a great mix and add plenty of flavour and various textures. Of course, you can play around and add whatever your heart desires to the mix. I can’t believe how incredibly easy this recipe is to make, definitely my kind of cooking!
These soft and chewy bars are made using who are on a mission to encourage people to get more fibre into their diets as it has been associated with lowering cholesterol. High levels of blood cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease and oats contain a type of soluble fibre called beta-glucan which helps decrease cholesterol levels. The #FeelingFibrant campaign is a positive movement to inspire people in the kitchen with new and exciting ways to consume more fibre.
If you loved this recipe, you can find more delicious recipes and information on the #FeelingFibrant campaign over on the Quaker Oats and feeds.
How much fibre do you consume? Do you think that you have enough in your diet?
What mix of nuts and seeds would make it into your granola bars?
*This blog post was commissioned by Quaker Oats as part of the Quaker Oats #FeelingFibrant campaign. I was compensated for the cost of ingredients and my time.