Most mornings I enjoy the homemade oat bars at our local coffee shop, which are mainly healthy, however they do have a generous amount of brown rice syrup, making them a bit sugary. And since Berlin only wants to eat what I’m eating as of late, these are not the healthiest option for her. So rather than fending off her insistent pleading I resolved by making her own sugar-free oat treat.
These bars can be modified to anyone’s liking by adding various kinds of dried fruit, nuts and even applesauce. I chose to increase the fiber by adding plums and ground flax to the recipe due to Berlin’s constant battle with constipation.
Banana Oat Bars
3 large, ripe bananas
2 cups Gluten-Free Oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tablespoon ground flax
3 large pitted dates (softened in water for 10 minutes)
1/4 cup chopped plums
Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease baking dish
Mash bananas well in mixing bowl. Add oats, then flax and mix well. Add the remainder of the ingredients and then spread evenly in baking dish. I made my bars quite thin so it only took approx 25 minutes to cook, if you choose to make the bars thicker it will take up to 30 minutes.
This recipe takes no time and is a healthy snack option for all children. In my opinion they are far tastier than any store bought energy bar. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn