About This Oats And Sun-Dried Banana Energy Bars Recipe
I know I’m not the only one out there who sometimes gets a little bit too busy to cook a big breakfast in the morning. On days like that, it’s nice to have something quick and easy that I can grab on my way out the door. These oats and sun-dried banana energy bars are perfect for those times! They’re healthy and nutritious, and most importantly, they taste delicious.
If you also get those days where you don’t have time to eat breakfast and find yourself starving by lunchtime, this is the perfect solution for you, too. These energy bars are easy to make and keep you full until dinner. Plus, they’re healthy and vegan-friendly!
Bananas are often overlooked as a nutrient-packed snack, but they sure pack a punch! Not only are they rich in potassium and fiber, but they also contain important vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and vitamin B6. Plus, the carbs in bananas make them an excellent source of energy.
Oats have long been known as a nutritious breakfast option that offers a variety of benefits for your overall health. For one thing, oats are packed with fiber — about 4 grams in just half a cup. They can help keep you feeling full for longer and assist with weight management. They also contain essential minerals like magnesium, zinc, and iron, as well as antioxidants that can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
And if you’re looking for a tasty snack, oats make the perfect base for homemade energy bars. Combined with sun-dried bananas and nuts, they provide a delicious combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to fuel your day.
What You Need for This Oats And Sun-Dried Banana Energy Bars Recipe
- Oats: I have used raw rolled oats, which provide the perfect base for these energy bars.
- Bananas: I like to use sun-dried bananas in these bars because, unlike dehydrated bananas, sun-dried bananas have a delightful softness. And to keep all the ingredients together, I used one fresh banana.
- Almond Meal: It adds a lovely nutty flavor.
- Flax Meal: Flaxseed, also known as linseed, is a very nutritious plant, and it is commonly used as a thickener, binder, or crust in vegan and vegetarian cooking.
- Seeds: I like to use sesame and chia seeds because they are both healthy with many nutritional benefits and add a lovely crunchiness to these bars.
- Raisins: They are soft, sweet, and juicy and give a slight chewiness to the bars.
- Sun-Dried Banana: If you cannot find sun-dried bananas, they can be substituted with dehydrated ones but try to use the chewy and soft ones, not the crunchy ones.
- Raisins: They can be substituted with pitted, chopped dates, prunes, or dried cranberries.
- Flax Meal: It can be substituted with psyllium husk or more almond meal.
Can I make these bars using a blender instead of a food processor?
I wouldn’t recommend using a blender because the mixture would become too smooth. You want these bars to have some chewiness and texture.
Oats And Sun-Dried Banana Energy Bars
These oats and sun-dried banana energy bars are healthy and delicious and are perfect for when you need an energy boost to get you through the day.
Yield: 10 bars
How To Make Oats And Sun-Dried Banana Energy Bars Step By Step
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.
Scoop out the mixture and press it down in a cake pan lined with parchment paper.
You can cut the bars and serve straight away. Alternatively, place the pan in the fridge for about 20 minutes or until firm, then cut and enjoy!
- The yield may vary based on the size of the bars.
- When lining the baking pan with parchment paper, leave some paper on the sides of the pan; this way, it will be easier to take out the mixture and cut it into bars.