Monday, March 26, 2012

Banana-Strawberry Bites

          Our weather has been crazy beautiful..and warm. Well it's been in the 60's but for us that's pretty much summer weather. I've been busy in the backyard cleaning it up,mowing the front lawn,washing windows and airing the house out, going on as many bike rides as possible and grilling for the first time this year! We need more days like these and less of the cold grey ones. I even managed to sit outside and get an ever so slight tan. I'm loving it!

What I'm also loving at the moment are these bite sized healthy bites of banana's,strawberries,oats and nuts! Your whole house smells like you are baking oatmeal muffins. These might look like cookies..but they are nothing like it. Infact these are more like oatmeal bites than cookies. It tastes like a warm bowl of homemade oatmeal only in drop form. I must say that I loved them even more when they were stored in the fridge and got nice and cold. I'm weird like that though and love alot more things pizza! I LOVE cold pizza :)

You can make these with no sugar or you can use 1/4 cup brown sugar or maybe honey or agave in place of that. I went with the brown sugar since we aren't really on a no sugar food plan. These are awesome. Go make them! Oh and if you don't like strawberries..maybe try blueberries :)

Banana-Strawberry Bites

3 Ripe Banana's..mine were medium-large
2 cups Oats..I used quick cooking
1/2 cup Applesauce
1 tsp. Vanilla
A generous pinch of Nutmeg
1 tsp. Ginger
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds
6 Fresh Strawberries
1/4 cup Brown Sugar or other sweetener;optional

Preheat oven to 350 or 180 clecius. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add oats,applesauce,brown sugar or other sweetener,if using,vanilla,spices and almonds. Stir thoroughly with a spoon. Cut the tops off the strawberries and chop them into tiny pieces. Add to batter. Mix until well blended.

Drop by rounded tablespoons full onto prepared sheet. Cook for 20 mins or until golden brown..that was about 15 mins for me. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. You can eat these warm or at room temp. I stored them in an airtight container in the fridge. If you prefer yours warm, just pop them into the mircrowave for 30 seconds or so and you are good to go!

Yield: 3 Dozen Bites
Source: A Sweet Simple Life