Since a while I have been working together with Saskia from the great website Blij Suikervrij. I really like her approach of not using refined or artificial sweeteners, and reducing also the intake or natural sweeteners. She mostly uses fresh or dried fruits as sweeteners in her recipes. This really fits with a healthy lifestyle where pure and good nutrition play a vital role.
Today my version of her great recipe, oatmeal bars with banana nuts & seeds. I used a bit more banana, which makes the bars really moist and chewy. A bit of a mix between overnight oats and oven baked oatmeal. As sweeteners we use ripe bananas and medjool dates. Optionally you can add some brown rice syrup, if your bananas are not very sweet.
The oatmeal & banana bars are great as breakfast or after a workout. It is full of good stuff, including pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. High in fiber, protein and good fats. They are also super good to take with you, so you have a healthy snack waiting for you whenever you need it. Grab and go I would say! And… did I already tell you they are vegan? This is great too!
oatmeal and banana bars
healthy breakfast bars with oatmeal, banana, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and medjool dates
- 110 gr oatmeal
- 75 gr pumpkin seeds
- 75 gr sunflower seeds
- 75 gr almonds
- 100 gr medjool dates
- 400 gr banana 3 large ripe ones
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp rice syrup optional
- 1 pinch salt
Preheat the over to 180 degrees Celcius fan-mode
Put the bananas, medjool dates, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil and optionally brown rice syrup in your food processor or blender and process until you have a well combined liquid consistency
Mix the oats, seeds, nuts and add the wet mixture. Makes sure it is very well combined
Poor the mixture in a greased small oven dish (20*20 cm). You can also choose to line the tray with baking paper. If you have a very wet mixture it will be OK as it is. If the mixture is a bit dryer then lightly push it into the tray
Put in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool down completely before you cut into 16 squares. You can keep in in the fridge for several days