Okay folks! This is the easiest recipe ever. When I saw a version of it, I knew I had to give it a go (plus it was in Oprah’s magazine and it seems like EVERYONE trusts Oprah when it comes to what is best – haha). I figured if these babies really did turn out to be snack-worthy, then I knew I found myself a winner. I mean, we’re talking 15 minutes from start-to-finish and 12 of those minutes are baking time.
Winner. I’m telling you; these win in my book. I whipped these up in the afternoon for a little “cookie” snack for me and my sweet toddler and we BOTH loved them. All it took was mashing two ripe banana and adding oats to them. Done! Before baking, I decided that I wanted some peanut butter in them. Why? Because I LOVE peanut butter and I’m always trying to sneak protein in my little babe’s food. Thus, I added some PB2 to the mixture. (Have you ever heard of PB2? It’s awesome. It comes in a powder form and it has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter . . . making the calorie count much less. That being said, it adds great PB taste to smoothies and other things . . . like these cookie bites.) If you want the peanut butter taste and you don’t have PB2 and you don’t want to buy any, then you can substitute 1/4 cup of peanut butter instead (however, keep in mind that 1/4 cup PB = 360 calories, where 2 Tablespoons of PB2 = 45 calories).
These turned out great and Baby Evie and I were thrilled to eat these little cookie bites for our afternoon snack. In fact, she had NO patience to wait for me to snap a picture of them so she ate one right off the plate beforehand. And, while I was snapping pictures I had to keep telling her, “no touchies.” As soon as I was done I told her she could have another one and she waited all of .01 seconds to go in for the grab!
If you’re looking for a way to get some healthy eats into your kiddos, give these a try! They’ll get bananas and oats for a snack without all the extra sugars and fats. TOTALLY great! I also think these would make great pre-workout or post-workout snacks.
Banana and Oatmeal Snack Bites
Adapted from Foodlets Via Oprah Magazine
2 very ripe bananas (brown spotted ones)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons PB2 (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking sheet with a non-stick silicone liner or parchment paper.
Mash the bananas with a fork, add the oats plus PB2 (if using). Once it’s all incorporated, using a cookie scoop (1 1/2 tablespoon size) drop balls on the baking sheet and press down (like peanut butter cookies but without the fork). Bake for 12 minutes.
Makes 10 Cookies.
Nutritional Information (Per Cookie with PB2)
Fat: 0.8g (0g = Sat.)
Sugars: 3.2g (all natural sugars, of course)