Even with a packed up kitchen and severely limited baking supplies, I still managed to find a way to bake.
We’ve got no flour.
No baking powder.
No aluminum foil.
No cookie sheets.
(Apparently dinner plates can be used as cookie sheets…you learn something new everyday)
When there is a will, there is a way.
When you need to use up 19 ripe bananas, there is most definitely a way.
These cookie bites are vegan, no sugar added, and gluten free*.
*using gluten-free oats
Nothing funky. Just real food. You’ll feel wholesome gobbling them down.
Oh and they’re made with just 3 ingredients. Well, 5 if you count the vanilla and oil…7 if you count the mix-ins.
The original recipe calls them cookies–Banana Date Oat Cookies. I call them bites–Banana Bread Oat Bites.
In my opinion, they’re more breakfasty, healthy, and chewy than cookies. Plus, I have a habit of using the phrase ‘banana bread’ in recipe names. What can I say…the phrase warms my heart.
Let’s get this show on the road….
Actually before we begin, note that I made these last night and because my parents wolfed them all down (okay, I helped), I didn’t have any left for a daylight photo shoot. Because of this, I made half a batch this morning (and wolfed them down myself). Thus, the amounts you see in these photos are not the same as the amounts called for in the recipe.
You’ll need mashed bananas and chopped dates. I added a splash of hot water to slightly rehydrate the dates before mixing them in with the bananas. You can probably use any dried fruit but be sure to chop them up so they get a little sticky.
The first time around I used mashed fresh bananas. The second time I used mashed defrosted frozen bananas. Both ways produced the same delicious result.
Mix the dates and banana together. Add vanilla extract and canola oil. I cut back on the oil a bit already (from the original recipe), but you could cut back even more….
Whatever floats your Banana Boat.
Next combine oats and optional add-ins. I added cinnamon and chia seeds.
Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
The banana holds everything together, which is why you don’t need eggs.
Now, let the batter sit for 15 minutes. Try not to take multiple bites of the batter as it pretty much resembles a cross between oatmeal and granola….and tastes amazing.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
This allows the oats to soften and meld together.
Banana Bread Oat Bites
Adapted from cooksrecipes.com
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 cup chopped dates (you can sub ANY dried fruit)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 TBSP canola oil (add up to 1/3 cup if you want a tastier ‘cookie’)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 TBSP Chia Seeds (or flax, sunflower, sesame…)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350* F. In a small bowl, combine chopped dates and a splash of hot water and let sit for a few minutes (to slightly rehydrate). In another small bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in chopped dates, vanilla extract and canola oil. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (oats and optional mix-ins). Add banana mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Let batter sit for 15 minutes. Form batter into cookie-shaped patties and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes ~14.
A) you can sub in any dried fruit. B) I cut back on the oil a bit already (from the original recipe), but you could cut back even more. C) When forming the batter into patties, make sure to pack them tightly. D) Don’t worry if you take too many bites of the raw batter. That’s the beauty of vegan baking.