Now that I’m not cooking with added oils, sugar or salt, it’s been a challenge to find baked recipes that still taste good. My favorite one up to this point is my Banana-Sweetened Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies recipe. These babies hit the spot when you just need a cookie:
My NEW favorite baked treats are my Grab-n-Go Chocolate-Banana Oat Bars. These bars are sweetened only with one banana and each ingredient is health-promoting. I originally made these bars to take on the road this weekend to San Diego, but I had to cancel that trip based upon bad weather coming into the area. I was bummed to miss the trip, but I loved how these bars turned out. They have no added sugar, so they are appropriate for breakfast, yet they are sweet enough to qualify as a healthy dessert as well.
Here’s how I made them. In a medium bowl, mash your ripe banana:
Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let bars cool and then enjoy or refrigerate to eat later. I tried them both hot out of the oven and chilled overnight in the fridge. It was a toss-up as to which way tasted better. They have a wonderful, chewy texture with the flavor of bananas and chocolate. Very satisfying and healthy, the perfect combination!
Grab-n-Go Chocolate-Banana Oat Bars
1 large, ripe banana
1 1/2 cups rolled oats, uncooked
1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed
1/4 cup raisins
3 tablespoons acai berry juice or pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons flaxmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder
*note: if you are missing any of the ingredients, just add more of another. If you don’t have the juice, you could substitute soy or almond milk as well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mash banana with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Press into a lightly-greased 8×8 square baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy warm or chilled.
I’ve been seeing lots of recipes on the blogs for healthy, raw truffles made with dried fruits and cacao. Perhaps one with no added sugar will be my next endeavor? Are you concerned about added sugars in your diet? Do you have any low-sugar recipes that you love?
I’d also like to announce the winner of my Hemp-Themed Giveaway! The random number generator selected entrant #1, Erica from Sunshine and Saffron. Congrats Erica!