PS: Banana Blue Berry Bites
Chef: Katie Mae
Makes 12 bars
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
- 3 cups rolled oats, divided
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup 100% apple juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla water
- ½ cup dates, pitted and halved
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (frozen also works)
- ½ cup walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, making sure the sides are covered. Cut slits in the corners of the paper so that it overlaps and lies flat.
- In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of the rolled oats with cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder. Mix and set aside.
- Place bananas, apple juice and vanilla extract into a blender.
- Add the remaining 1 cup of rolled oats and blend until creamy.
- Add the dates to the blender and pulse a few times until the dates are in small pieces.
- Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix well.
- Stir in the blueberries and walnuts.
- Using a spatula, pour the batter into the baking pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool at room temperature for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
- Adding the apples at the end keeps them cold and crisp, which complements the warm salad.
- This recipe is also delicious chilled, but it is best served within hours of when it’s cooked.
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