Easy Energy Bites
I love these easy energy bites, because they are quick to make, nutritious and satisfy hungry children and hungry adults. They are great for preventing you from reaching from the chocolate bar, and a good staple to put in your kids lunchbox.
They are great for energy because the oats are a low glycemic index food, which means that they will prevent sharp dips in your blood sugar, are slow releasing, giving you energy throughout the day. Banana’s contain the natural sugars sucrose, fructose and glucose giving you a sustained boost of energy.
Banana are also rich in fibre, contain tryptophan a natural mood enhancer to help improve your mood, and potassium to help normalize your heartbeat and send oxygen to your brain and help to regulate water balance.
I have omitted nuts in this recipe, purely for the fact that my kids school don’t allow nuts, but if you are eating these and are okay to eat nuts, then, you could chop some nuts up and add these to the mix too, just replace 1 or 2 or the tablespoons of the oats with chopped or ground nuts instead.
I have added chocolate chips to the recipe, dark chocolate chips would be the healthiest choice, but if you prefer milk chocolate then add these instead. You can add a small amount of honey to this recipe, but it actually doesn’t need it, due to the natural sweetness in the bananas.
- 2 Medium sized Bananas
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 14 tablespoons of uncooked oats
- 4 tablespoons Chocolate Chips
- 1-2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, or 350 degrees Farenheight
- Peel the bananas and mash them up in a mixing bowl, add the oats and flaxseeds and the cinnamon, add the honey/maple syrup if adding.
- Mix well, with a wooden spoon to ensure that all ingredients are combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Grease some parchment paper on a baking tray and add tablespoons sized rounds to the tray, leaving space between each one.
- Place in the oven and heat for approx. 15 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow to cool, and store in an airtight container. These will keep for up to around 4-5 days.
If you are reading this, and reaching for a banana, then great, but why not try these out, the banana combined with the oats, make this a quick and nutritious snack, without the processed sugar.
For more ideas on sugar-free snack and lunch ideas for kids see my Ebook here: http://www.truemoodfood.com/pilates-2/low-sugar-lunch-box-ideas-kids/
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