For some reason, at approximately 10:30 last night I decided to try making some cereal bars. I’ve never made them before so I Googled some recipes but nothing fit exactly the ingredients I had here, so I made something up. And wonder of all wonders, they’re incredibly delicious. So naturally, I’ll share the recipe with you.
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9×9 baking dish.
2 ripe bananas (the riper the better!)
1 egg (the egg is TOTALLY optional, you absolutely don’t have to use it. Without it, these would be a fantastic vegan snack. I put the egg in to pack more nutrients in for my breakfast-adverse daughter.)
2 ½C rolled oats (I used quick oats and it was totally fine, just not as crunchy as I think regular oats would be)
1tsp pure vanilla extract
½C Craisins (you could use any dried fruit here)
3tbs chocolate chips (optional, but I wouldn’t recommend leaving them out because who the heck doesn’t love chocolate? If you’re going vegan you could sub some vegan-friendly ones in here.)
3tbs hemp hearts
Today (a day after I posted the recipe) I made these again, but subbed ½C of fresh raspberries for one of the bananas and OH MY. This has crossed over into dessert territory. SO GOOD.
Combine all the ingredients till well mixed and pour into the baking dish. Evenly smoosh it all down and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
I cut them into 9 squares total, then into triangles because as delicious as they are, they pack a HUGE nutritional punch. Note that I’ve made the serving size one triangle, not a full square as I mistakenly wrote in the nutrition facts below. The nutrition info is accurate for the triangle size portion.
Eat ‘em up, yum!