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Friday, June 3, 2016

Breakfast Banana Oat Bites

Creating a treat for our early morning friends can be a daunting challenge.  It is nice if the treats are at least a little bit healthy though sometimes I just go with easy and fun.  These Breakfast Banana Oat Bites are a little of all three.

Breakfast Banana Oat Bites
Makes 12 bites---depending on what size scoop you use.  I used the 2-2 1/2 Tablespoon scoop.

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup oat flour--make this by putting 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats in your blender and blend until it is powdery.
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup pureed overripe banana -2 or 3 depending on size.  Blend these in a blender so they are really a slimy banana puree!
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup sweetened coconut shreds

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Cover a rimmed baking sheet with either parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Feel free to spray grease the paper to insure that the bites will release from the pan. (That is the whole reason for putting something under the bites: so they will release from the pan.  With no oil, butter, or other greasy thing, they don't have a real mind to leave that pan...)

In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, i.e. the oats, oat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until well blended.  Add the chocolate chips and coconut at this point and blend again until chocolate and coconut are covered with floury mix. Add the banana and vanilla to the dry mixture, and stir well until combined. Use a portion scoop and place scoops of the batter (about 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons) on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 14 to 15 minutes.  They should be set and a very light brown.  If necessary, cook another two or three minutes.  Let cool on pan for 1-2 minutes then remove and let cool completely on a wire rack

The original recipe is found at:

http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/   Deena Burton called these treats Banana Oat Bundles.

Breakfast Banana Oat Bites

These were somewhat popular.  I think the addition of the chocolate chips and coconut actually made these very nice. 

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