Sunday, May 29, 2016
Date and Banana Energy Bites
I seem to always fall behind with eating my bananas, and frequently end up with bananas that would not be the greatest to eat as is in my fruit bowl. Not wanting to waste these bananas, I am always on the lookout for good recipes to use them up.
On one of these recent searches, I found a fabulous recipe for Date and Banana Energy Bites on The Betty Stamp. These bites have lots of good things in them, and even better, I would always have these ingredients (dates, bananas, oats, butter, vanilla extract) in the house. Accordingly, there is no reason why I can't always make these as a quick snack.
I have had lots of issues with old links becoming broken, and this is a recipe I don't want to lose, so here it is:
100g dates (dried dates are just fine)
2 ripe bananas
200g rolled oats
75g coconut oil or butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
~100g chocolate for the topping (I used Old Gold 70% dark)
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a 20cm square baking tray.
Place the dates in 100ml boiling water and soak for 10 minutes.
Melt the coconut oil (or butter). Pour the dates, the water you soaked them in, the melted coconut oil or butter, bananas and vanilla extract into a blender or food processor, and blend or process until smooth.
Put the oats into a mixing bowl and pour over the banana mixture, and combine well. Spoon the mixture into your prepared baking tin and spread out evenly. Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the bites from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
Melt the chocolate and pour over the top of the cooled bites. Once the chocolate has set, cut into bars. Voila!