I've been cooking again everyone! This is a once a month event as I try to experiment with healthy alternatives to chocolate or biscuits for my baby (who is really a toddler but always my baby).
And this time she even helped me to make it. Genuinely she helped and didn't even pick out the raisins to eat. Think she was slightly miffed as to why we were mixing food rather than eating it but I had fun anyway.
Back to the recipe - Banana Oat Bites
This is a simple 4-ingredient cookie alternative - looks like a cookie, tastes like banana bread and is healthy too. Boom! It also uses up those over-ripe bananas that have turned black and gone beyond the point of eating.
I love a simple recipe and this is a variation of one I saw online that had chocolate chips in. I swapped these out for raisins and added in some cocnutty goodness but you could always leave this out if coconut isn't your thing (or add back in some chocolate chips). Read on and enjoy....
Ingredients (Recipe Makes 12)
- 2 over-ripe bananas
- 1 cup rolled oats (I used Scots Porage Oats)
- 2 tablespoons desicated coconut
- A generous handful of raisins (I used 2 small packs of Sunmaid raisins as I had these to hand)
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Mash or blend the ripened bananas in a large mixing bowl. I just used a fork to mash them as they were very soft.
3. Add the rolled oats, coconut and raisins.
4. Stir well. If the mixture is too squidgy, add in some more oats until you get the right consistency.
5. Place some greaseproof paper onto a baking tray. Grease with butter.
6. Scoop the mixture onto the tray using a spoon.
Flatten out into little cookie-shapes. The recipe makes around 12, so about a tablespoon of mixture will do.
7. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Leave to cool.
The bites will store for 1-2 days in the fridge. Enjoy :)