Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Banana Oat Bundles

These got me through my gluten free, sugar free month long challenge I did a few months back.  They're surprisingly good, especially chilled!!  They only have a few tbsp. of oil, but I'm sure you could replace it with apple sauce.  Let me know if you try it!

A cross between a cookie and a mini-muffin, these bundles are a tasty, wholesome treat that are fast to prepare and can be enjoyed hot from the oven, or cooled to pack in lunches!

1 cup quick oats
1 cup ground oats (grind quick oa...ts in a processor until fine and crumbly)
1⁄4 cup unrefined sugar (I used agave)
1⁄4 tsp sea salt
1⁄4 tsp cinnamon or ground cardamon
1⁄4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup overripe banana, puréed (roughly 2 large bananas) (see note)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 – 3 1⁄2 tbsp canola oil

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). In a large bowl, combine the oats, ground oats, sugar, sea salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and sift in the baking powder. Stir through until well combined. In another bowl, combine the puréed banana, vanilla, and canola oil, stirring through. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, and stir through until just well combined. Drop large spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for 1 minute, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Makes 12-15 bundles.

Note: Use a food processor or blender to purée the bananas. It produces a smooth, almost liquefied texture, which takes a long time to achieve by mashing.


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