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!


Diane Zwang said...

These look delicious and some of my favorite foods. Thanks for the recipe.

The Caked Crusader said...

I do love a bake that uses dates - they add such a wonderful toffee flavour and I can just about kid myself they're healthy (ish)

Beth said...

I have some overripe bananas on my counter right now! This would be a great way to use them up.

Kari said...

Sounds like just my kind of recipe!

~~louise~~ said...

I can't tell you how many bananas I have in my freezer, Gaye. It seems we just can't eat them fast enough around here. Your energy bites looks delicious!

The best thing about this recipe, besides their goodness is the ease and availability of the ingredients. I could bake these up right now if I weren't so lazy, lol...Pinning for when I'm not, lol...

Thanks so much for sharing, Gaye...I too am always looking for recipes to use up bananas. Have you seen the recipes where you use frozen bananas to make "ice cream?" I haven't tried any yet, but I will one day!!!

TeaLady said...

I can see why you don' want to lose that recipe. These sound so good. Love the sweetness dates add.

Kayte said...

Date and Banana Energy Bites sound like just the perfect thing. Until I saw all that chocolate on Oh, well, I can leave chocolate out of most everything I have found and come up with a great result for me. These look so worthy...I have the same issues with not using up all the bananas these days with the boys gone, I keep forgetting I can buy just one or two and not the whole bunch!