My clients get what they ask for. Healthy breakfast squares (or cookies) for on the go snacks or while drinking their morning coffee.
These scrumptious squares are lightly sweetened from bananas and a little maple syrup -which has tons of health benefits, including antioxidants, helps fight anti-inflammatory diseases and supplies numerous vitamins and minerals. The oats can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, stabilize blood sugar and can lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Here's the recipe, adapted from Minimalist Baker.
- 2 bananas
- 2 eggs*
- 1/2 c peanut butter
- 2 T unrefined coconut oil, melted
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 3 T maple syrup*
- 1 1/2 c gluten free rolled oats
- 1/2 c oat flour (ground from rolled oats)
- 1/2 almond meal
- 2 T chia seeds
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- dash of sea salt
- 1/4 c raw walnuts
- 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 c cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 350˚ F.
In a large bowl mash bananas (I use my hands) and mix in eggs, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla extra and maple syrup (wets) until well combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wets: oats, oat flour, almond meal, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
Stir in walnuts, chocolate chips and cacao nibs.
I've used a 9x9 inch coconut oiled pan AND have made cookies with these. If making squares, pour mixture right into the pan and back for 20 minutes or so until the top pushed back with a bounce.
For cookies, either get an ice cream scoop, a spoon or a 1/4 c measuring cup and use your fingers to get the batter out. Bake about 15 minutes 0r until set.
*can use a flax egg by mixing 2 T of ground flaxseed with 6 T water or milk of choice. Let sit for a few minutes until the mixture becomes a bit gelatinous.
*can use another liquid sweetener like honey or agave necter instead of maple syrup.