No Bake Banana & Oat Energy Bites





These no-bake banana and oat energy bites are healthy, completely vegan, packed with nutrients and taste like banana bread! The banana oat bites take ten minutes to make, and can be stored in an air tight jar for an easy grab and go snack, made with banana, oats and nuts.







To spice them, I added cinnamon, which can be substituted for dried ginger, cardamom, or any spice for that matter. You will need a total of one cup of nuts. I used almonds and pecans but you can use any. You can also use pumpkin seeds. There's a hint of vanilla, some chunky sea salt for contrast, maple syrup and mashed banana for flavor and binding, and then to garnish cacao nibs and coconut. Simply add everything to a food processor and let it run until combined. Then grease your hands with some coconut oil and roll into balls then garnish.


The banana and maple syrup will be soaked in by the oats over time so they become less sticky once rested.







Banana & Oat Energy Bites


Prep Time: 10 minute Cook Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Yield: 20 balls



Ingredients


1 cup mixed nuts (I used 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 cup almonds)

2 cups oats

1 1/2 cups medium mashed bananas

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

generous pinch of flaky sea salt

cacao nibs

desiccated coconut

coconut oil for greasing



Method

  1. Mash the banana with a fork and add to a food processor.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the cacao nibs and coconut to the food processor.

  3. Blend until completely combined. This should take around 30 seconds.

  4. Grease hands with coconut oil and using a tablespoon, roll into round balls. You may need to grease your hands a few times.

  5. Spread out some desiccated coconut and cacao nibs in separate bowls and roll the balls around, pressing into the coconut or cacao nibs so it sticks.

  6. Store in an air tight container and refrigerate. Consume within four days.


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