MY first recipe on the blog – very excited!
It’s a really simple one too, perfect for when you need a snack to grab on the go – and all you need to make it is a bowl, a spoon and a muffin tin 🙂 (oh, and a banana, cocoa powder and some oats). For my version I also added vanilla essence, cinnamon and ‘chia seeds’ (flaxseed in the UK) but that’s just the start of the fun – coconut flakes, ground ginger, any kind of nut, raisins, dates, berries – there is no end to what can be added to these deliciously healthy treats once you get started!
Here’s the basic recipe – found originally on the brilliant Food.com and below you can find my version, along with a few tips I picked up along the way!
Recipe – The basics (makes 6 of my big ones, as pictured, but feel free to split the recipe your own way)
1/2 cup (64g) of oats – I used oatbran but essentially any kind of plain oats will do (Hopefully this advice saves you the 20 minutes I spent in the breakfast aisle of your local supermarket trying to work out the difference!)
1 banana (ripened preferably but if not see the tip below!)
1/4 cup (32g) of cocoa powder (adjust for personal taste, this makes them very chocolate-y!)
As mentioned above this could be anything, for the ones pictured I added 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence, a tablespoon of flaxseed and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Whatever you decide to add make sure the extras amount to no more than 1/4 of a cup (or add another banana) to help it all stick together – let me know what combinations you’re loving in the comments below!
Mash the banana in a bowl (if it’s not particularly squishy put it in the microwave for ten seconds, makes life a lot easier!)
Add the oats, the cocoa and any extras you want
Mix together until all combined (usually for me this is when the mixture becomes one big lump in the bowl!)
Separate the mix into your cases and cook at 175°c for around ten minutes (I’ve been known to leave it until 20 sometimes!) The best way to tell is to stick a skewer through, if it comes out clean they’re done, or my favourite method is to use the rubber baking cases and pop them out to check the bottoms are hard 😉
Leave a few minutes to cool and serve – delicious hot or cold and served alone or with some plain greek yoghurt and/ or a fruit platter as a healthy, quick and easy dessert or snack! Yummy!!