Why spend money on energy bars when you can easily create a big batch at home?
The other week, our neighbor Surabhi shared with us this recipe for Banana Walnut Oat Bars that is vegan, sugar-free and oil-free. Subabhi’s version included cinnamon, raisins, a tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/4 cup water, chia seeds, and toasted walnuts. We liked her version, but I wanted to add chocolate and my husband John wanted to add dates. We didn’t add oil and kept it vegan.
- 1 1/2 cups of mashed, overripe bananas
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine banana, flaxseed, water, and salt in a bowl and mix well.
- Add oats, walnuts, dates, and chocolate and mix well until combined. The mixture will appear a bit dry.
- Fold mixture into a shallow baking tray, spread evenly, and press with your fingers.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes.
- Cut into squares and rearrange bars on a cookie sheet, upside down.
- Bake for another 15 minutes.
- Turn bars over and cook for another 5 minutes so both sides are nice and brown.
- Cool completely and store in an air tight container for up to one week.
- For dates, we purchased fresh, refrigerated date balls in bulk at our food co-op. These are rolled in coconut to keep them from sticking together. I chopped each ball into 6 to 8 pea-sized pieces.
- For the chocolate, we used bittersweet chocolate pieces (larger than chips) which we buy in bulk at our food co-op. Semi-sweet chocolate could work as well, as long as it is non-dairy.
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