Delicious cacao and banana oat bites with a warming spiced flavour. When you fancy a chocolate treat or snack, these wholesome and healthy treats are perfect!
With a moreish, chewy texture, these bites are packed with healthy ingredients to keep you going through the day. Fantastic as an elevenses snack with a cup of tea or coffee.
When the world wakes up, oats are a popular choice for breakfast. They are super-nutritious and a perfect winter warmer when served hot. You can also enjoy them in muesli, in cereals and bakes. They are high in fibre which keeps your fuller for longer too! That’s why they are perfect to add to these cacao and banana oat bites.
For more oat recipes try these carrot cake energy balls.
Bananas are my favourite fruit, and I love to use them when baking. The trick is to use over ripe bananas, as they leave a more prominent flavour. They also act as a fantastic binding ingredient. That means you don’t need eggs, which is great news for vegans or anyone allergic to them. This worked perfectly with these super quick and easy, three ingredient oatmeal pancakes.
One of my favourite combinations is banana and chocolate – so it made sense to use it for this recipe! Cacao is the raw form of chocolate and has many health benefits, being high in iron, magnesium and zinc. I blend it in smoothies or add to bakes like this, giving it a rich chocolate flavour with the added benefits.
What I love about a snack like this, is that it’s healthy, tastes good, and you know exactly what goes in it. You can also adjust to your taste and add different dried fruits and berries to it. Give them a go and show us your creations on either Instagram or Facebook.
Banana and cacao Oat bites
- Small brownie tin
- Food processor
- 300 g oats
- 2 over ripe bananas
- 200 ml oat milk
- 3 heaped tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 75 g raisins optional
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190°C/375°F.
- Add roughly half of the oats into a food processor and blitz until it turns into a coarse flour.
- Add in the bananas, cacao, honey, vanilla extract, oat milk, cinnamon, peanut butter and nutmeg, and blitz again until fully incorporated.
- Using a spatula, add the mixture into a mixing bowl and fold in the rest of the oats and raisins until fully mixed.
- Add to the lined brownie tin and spread evenly and bake for 10 minutes.
- Leave to cool slightly before cutting them into 24 equal pieces.