No matter how we look at it, the routine is back into our lives.
The period of time after the holidays always lasts a little longer than usual,
And the moment when you really feel the routine kicking back in is the moment when we change our clocks to day saving time, when winter arrives.
I feel that we’re all looking for quick solutions that’ll nourish us during the day and especially in the mornings.
That’s how these energy bars were born.
Understanding this need brought me to the kitchen, and got me to create easy, quick and most importantly nutritious and good solutions.
My energy bars are your base for any flavor you like.
It’s basically a mixture that will embrace any addition you attach to it.
I chose the divine combination of hazelnuts and chocolate that creats a wonderful taste of Nutella.
In addition to the fact that the recipe is insanely good,
And its taste is overwhelming and powerful,
It’s a nutritious recipe,
Satisfying and full of goodness.
It’s a hugging and loving bite,
Such a bite that completely fills the corner of hunger at night.
All that’s left for you to do is to take the base of this bite and vary each time with different add-ins that‘ll take you to wonderful realms of taste and pleasure.
This is a quick recipe.
That everyone will love and devote themselves to.
It took me a while to make it this accurate,
And now that it’s complete I happily share it with you.
Because behind every recipe there’s a story,
There’s a huge heart,
There’s deep thought and infinite knowledge that create a bite full of precision and harmony of ingredients, taste and nutritional values for you.
I promise you that as soon as you try this soft and eternal bite you will fall in love,
Love at first bite 🙂
Blessed and happy days of routine to us all ❤
Ingredients: suitable for a pan size 7.8’’ * 7.8’’ (20*20cm)
- 2 bananas (For alternatives, have a look at “A little extra from me”)
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup (For alternatives, have a look at “A little extra from me”)
- ¼ cup almond butter (For alternatives, have a look at “A little extra from me”)
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats (For alternatives, have a look at “A little extra from me”)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup non-dairy milk
Add-ins: Everything you like will work, I chose the toppings that’ll turn the snack into a banana-nutella flavored energy snack.
- ½ cup of roasted and chopped hazelnuts
- 50g finely chopped dark chocolate
- A little more dark chocolate to spread on top of the pan
Additional add-ins options: cranberries, blueberries (fresh/frozen), pecans, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, ground/whole flax seeds, raisins, chopped dates, cinnamon, diced apples, etc…
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) on turbo mode, and line a baking pan size 7.8’’ 8 7.8’’ (20*20cm) with parchment paper.
- Put the bananas in a bowl and mash them with a fork.
- To the mashed banana bowl, add the liquid ingredients (except the non-dairy milk), the maple syrup, almond spread and salt and mix well.
- To the bowl, add the dry ingredients, the oat flour, rolled oats, and baking powder and mix again.
- Now add the non-dairy milk and mix well to create a thick mixture. It’s important to note that the order in which we add the ingredients in this recipe is very important and necessary to create delicious and chewy snacks . If we add the milk at a different stage, we’ll get snacks with a different texture, viscous and unpleasant.
- To the bowl, add the toppings, I chose hazelnuts and dark chocolate, and mix everything until a sticky mixture is formed.
- We’ll transfer the dough to our baking pan and spread it evenly and beautifully. Scatter a little more toppings over the dough and press them a little into the dough.
Take out of the oven, cool (minimum of 10-15 minutes), cut into fun pieces and serve 🙂
A little extra from me:
- The bars can be kept in the fridge in a sealed box for up to 4 days.
- The bars have a dreamy and fun texture, they’re chewy (and not crispy).
- The Maple syrup can be substituted for date honey / agave syrup / honey.
- The bananas can be substituted for a small cup of applesauce (112g) or 2 eggs or another ½ cup of almond butter / peanut butter / any other nut butter.
- The almond butter can be substituted for peanut butter / hazelnut butter / tahini.
- The rolled oats can be substituted for almond flour / green buckwheat flour.
- Click here to see how to grind oat flour at home.
How to grind oatmeal at home 🙂