Friday, February 1, 2013

Bananarama Power! (not your average power bar)

This recipe was initially posted 9/16/2011.  Over the past year I have made the delicious and practical Bananarama Bar so many times, each time tweaking it a little bit here and there.  Finally, I ended up with what I consider the Bananarama Bar in its perfect form :)  I would like to share it with you today.  This is such a fantastic recipe to prepare over the weekend so that you have a tasty grab and go breakfast or snack for the rest of the work week.  And it's way healthier than those power bars you find at the store packed with processed ingredients and lots of sugar.  Goes great with a hot cup of tea or a tall cold glass of milk.  

2 large ripe bananas mashed with a fork
2 cups raw oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1 egg (or if egg allergy 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened)
2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil but the butter makes it tastier and 2 tablespoons never hurt anyone!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons organic agave
Pinch of salt
Either 1) 1/4 cup walnut pieces and 5 large dates (I love Medjool dates) chopped into pieces (this is my favorite) OR 2) handful of dark chocolate chips or pieces (I used the Ghirardelli dark chocolate baking chips)- feel free to throw in a handful of nuts with the chocolate pieces if you like

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Place "batter" on greased cookie sheet, pat down so they are somewhat flat and cook for about 30 minutes (depending on how thick you make them and how well done you like them, they may need to cook longer).

These will surely curb your craving for carbs, give you energy and hold you over for many hours.  One of my best friends who tried one expressed her strong liking toward the banana concoction stating that she would much rather eat one of these than a power bar.  So pack one in your bag when you know it's gonna be a long morning at work with no lunch break in site, and enjoy! :-)


Jess said...

Hi I was wondering how long these keep? Thanks! I just discovered your website and I really like the recipes that you list here. Great ideas!

Solmaz Amirnazmi said...

Hi Jess-glad you are liking the recipes! You can store them in a tupperware container and keep for up to a week. One of my readers froze them so that she could keep them longer and said it worked but I personally haven't tried doing that. Enjoy!

Veronica said...

I work at the hospital and often never have time to take a full break so these are perfect. I just whipped up a batch using raisins instead of dates and brown sugar instead of agave. These are way healthier AND more tasty than my packaged oatmeal. I'll definitely be making these again, thanks for the great recipe!

Solmaz Amirnazmi MD said...

You're welcome- so glad you enjoyed them. This recipe is definitely one of my weekly go-tos!

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