Baked Banana Granola Bites make for a delicious breakfast on the go or nut free, egg free and dairy free snack or school/kindy lunchbox treat. This a refined sugar free, plant based recipe.
These Baked Banana Granola Bites are like a cookie and a granola bar all in one. But healthy and full of nutrition. I have made this recipe now several (hundred) times. OK I might be exaggerating a little there but I have made it at least 6 times. And suffice to say, it works!
If you're looking for that perfect healthy treat (that also happens to be nut and egg free) to pack into your kids school and kindy lunchboxes, then these are for you. Not that these granola bites are just for the kids. I have eaten so many of these granola bites now that Ima turn into one.
Oats & Glutamine
Oats are for sure the main star in this recipe. I love using oats - they are full of fibre, complex carbohydrates and some really great nutrients like glutamine. For those of you playing at home, glutamine is an amino acid that:
- increases GABA, a calming neurotransmitter;
- promotes a healthy gut lining;
- improves the acid:alkaline balance in the gut, which encourages good bacteria to grow;
- helps to regulate insulin secretion and resistance;
- has an important role in metabolism and cell integrity;
- and improves muscle regeneration.
As you can see, oats have some pretty impressive qualities, hence my obsession. If you happen to be following a gluten free diet, you will need to make sure to purchase wheat free, non contaminated oats like the Bob's Red Mill Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oats.
Tips for Making Baked Banana Granola Bites
This recipe is really, so easy to make! To make them even better, see my tips below:
- Get creative with the flavour by adding in dark chocolate, swapping cranberries for sultanas, adding in cacao nibs etc.
- These granola cookies/bites stick together really well - for best results allow them to cool before moving from the tray and storing.
- Form into bars if a granola bar is preferred.
- Use a cookie cutter or scone cutter to create a consistent shape and size.
Looking for More Nut Free & Egg Free Lunchbox Ideas? How About...
- Baking Tray
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring cups
- 2 cups rolled oats organic, wheat free
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- ½ cup dried cranberries organic, sugar free
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup tapioca starch
- ½ cup dark choc bits optional
- 2 bananas mashed
- ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup raw honey
- 2 tbsp tahini
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- In a medium bowl, add mashed bananas, olive oil, vanilla, honey and tahini.
- In a seperate large bowl add oats, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, tapioca starch and dark chocolate (if using).
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until very well combined.
- Onto a baking paper lined tray, spoon batter into a small scone mould or cookie cutter to shape. Leave at leaste 2cm between each bite. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used. A second tray will be required.
- Place baking trays into oven and allow to bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven after 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool slightly before eating. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.