These spiced nutty banana oat bars are actually vegan and dairy free. And whilst I’m neither, I do like to experiment with different recipes so my housemate can try them, and even some of my colleagues. I find sometimes that vegan bakes can be a little bland, but the mixed spice in these counteracts that as well as the dark chocolate drizzle which finishes them off.
I actually started off with three over-ripe bananas, and not knowing what I wanted to do with them. See, I always make a banana loaf. And I do get a little like “been there, done that”.. “had that a lot already”. I wanted to do something a little different. Something which would be a good brekkie on the go. Especially for those mornings when I do kickboxing and I’m limited on time before my first meeting. Or when I need food quickly after a workout to bring my blood sugar back to normal. You know the days.
So thinking about breakfast biscuits, and how easy they are (yet really not exciting), I thought I’d make my own breakfast bars. Oat bars with nuts and seeds, made with peanut butter, to add the protein you need in your first meal of the day.
I didn’t have golden syrup, and I didn’t want to add too much sugar so went with maple syrup to keep them natural. I knew they might lose their flapjack edge without the syrup, so counteracted the loss of flavour and sugar with mixed spice. This gave them a sweeter edge and yummy flavour…although they’re not as gooey as some flapjacks, so don’t make these if you’re looking for a gooey recipe, because this isn’t. These are more healthy oat bars, than indulgent sweet treats. Although there’s always space for both in your diet.. it’s all about that balance.
The dark chocolate drizzle on top makes them feel a little indulgent, adds more sweetness and a tasty finish. I used a Doisy & Dam Coconut and Lucuma for extra flavour which was fab! The coconut just shining through. I do recommend getting this if you can, but good quality plain dark chocolate would work just as well.
I’ve been taking these to work this week, and enjoying alongside a piece of fruit first thing. I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been nice to have something different. What do you have when you fancy something different?
I’ve popped the recipe for these Spiced Nutty Banana Oat Bars with Dark Chocolate below. As always, let me know your thoughts!
Spiced Nutty Banana Oat Bars with Dark Chocolate
Natural oat bars recipe with seeds and nuts. An easy on-the-go brekkie or afternoon pick-me-up.
- 3 bananas over-ripe
- 200 g oats
- 40 g sunflower seeds Whitworth's are great
- 40 g pumpkin seeds again Whitworth's are great for cooking
- 50 g peanuts
- 2½ tbsp peanut butter chunky
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 80 g dark chocolate Doisy & Dam Coconut and Lucuma if possible
Line a traybake tin with baking paper and pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
In a bowl, mash the banana until smooth, and stir in the oats, seeds and peanuts. Leave the bowl to one side.
Place the peanut butter, maple syrup, vegetable oil and mixed spice in a saucepan and heat over a low to medium heat until melted. Keep stirring to combine the ingredients well.
Pour the peanut butter mixture into the bowl with the oats and banana, and fold well until all combined.
Transfer the mixture into the lined baking tray, pushing out to cover the tray evenly. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 minutes. It should start going slightly golden.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Once cooled, cut into 10 pieces. Melt the dark chocolate carefully in the microwave or in a dish over boiling water, and drizzle over the oat bars. Refridgerate to set the chocolate.
Store in an airtight container to keep fresh. Enjoy!