This is a wonderful, healthy dessert with no added sugars. The ripe banana and raisins add just enough sweetness. These are great served as an after-school snack for kids or mid-afternoon treat for grown-ups.
These babies hit the spot when you just need a little something sweet:
These bars are sweetened only with one banana and each ingredient is health-promoting. I originally made these bars to take on the road this weekend to San Diego, but I had to cancel that trip based upon bad weather coming into the area. I was bummed to miss the trip, but I loved how these bars turned out. They have no added sugar, so they are appropriate for breakfast, yet they are sweet enough to qualify as a healthy dessert as well.
Here’s how I made them. In a medium bowl, mash your ripe banana:
Add the rest of your ingredients into the bowl:
Mix it all up and then press the ingredients into a lightly-oiled square Pyrex dish:
Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let bars cool and then enjoy or refrigerate to eat later. I tried them both hot out of the oven and chilled overnight in the fridge. It was a toss-up as to which way tasted better. They have a wonderful, chewy texture with the flavor of bananas and chocolate. Very satisfying and healthy, the perfect combination!
- 1 large, ripe banana
- 1½ cups rolled oats, uncooked
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup pomegranate juice
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (optional)
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly spray an 8 x 8-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mash the ripe banana with a fork.
- Add the oats, blueberries, pomegranate juice, raisins, sunflower seeds, ground flax seed, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and protein powder (optional) and stir to mix well.
- Press the mixture into your baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- For easier slicing, let the bars come to room temperature.
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