Okay, it doesn't get any easier than this one! This recipe has become a favourite in my household of late, and I find myself making these twice a week because they disappear so fast. This has made my life so much easier when it comes to packing school lunches. I make a big batch, and quickly toss in three or four of these in their lunch bags for their snacks.
I've seen a lot of variations to this recipe, and you can definitely tailor it to however you like. The three basic ingredients are oats, bananas, and chocolate chips. I use Rogers Porridge Oats, because it has bran and flaxseed added in, but you could just as easily use Quick Oats. I photographed my daughter while she made these and she had a great time, so make sure you get the kids involved. ~Janice ❤
|The 3 ingredients: Oats, Bananas, Chocolate Chips|
Step 1 - Mash the bananas in a big bowl...
|Mash, mash, mash away!|
Step 2 - Add oats to the bananas. For extra fiber and health benefits, you could add in some flax, chia or hemp seeds, and bran. I had some leftover chia seeds in the fridge, so I added those in.
Step 3 - Add in chocolate chips. I used Hershey's semi-sweet, but you could make it really healthy by substituting with dark chocolate, dried fruit, carob chips, or shredded coconut. I use chocolate chips, only because my kids are more likely to eat them. Anything tastes better with chocolate chips, right?!
Step 4 - Mix together with spatula until combined...
Step 5 - Roll into one inch balls, and place on parchment-lined baking pan...
Step 6 - Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, and here is the finished product...
Here is the recipe (makes about 2 dozen):
- 4 large, ripe bananas
- 2 cups uncooked quick oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
- Add-ins (optional): bran, flax/chia/hemp seeds, dried fruit, nuts, shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash the bananas in a big bowl.
- Add oats to the bowl and mix well.
- Add chocolate chips and mix until combined.
- Roll into one inch balls, and place on parchment-lined baking pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes.