I’ve made this recipe for banana and pistachio oat bars literally 10 times, but usually it gets eaten before I have a chance to photograph it and then upload it to the blog. It’s one of my boyfriend;s favourite recipes – perfect for him to wrap up and put in his back pocket when he goes cycling or a to have as a quick afternoon/ after work snack. It’s also a really good one to make ahead and have as breakfast if you’re rushed in the mornings now that September has come and it’s back to school.
This recipe combines sweet caramelized bananas with maple syrup, almond butter and vanilla for a heavenly taste. Make sure that you’re bananas are nice and yellow with a few brown spots; they taste the best that way! This is a great go-to recipe if you find yourself with a bunch of ripe bananas that you don’t want to go to waste. Simply use 2 to make oat bars and pop the rest in the freezer to make a smoothie with later.
CARAMELIZED BANANA AND PISTACHIO OAT SQUARES
Makes 16 squares
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 2 cups rolled oats (optional” gluten-free)
- 1/2 cup almond butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
- 2 tbsp flax seeds + 5 tbsp water
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup roasted, salted and shelled pistachios
- Mix together the flax seeds and water in a small bowl then set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Mash the bananas with the back of a fork and add to a large pan with the coconut oil. Cook the bananas on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until they start to brown and smell more fragrant. Make sure to stir the whole time.
- Add the maple syrup and almond butter, then stir until everything is mixed well.
- Take off the heat and add the rest of the ingredients including the flax seed mixture. I always crush half of the pistachios, but you can leave them whole if you prefer.
- Pour the mixture into a greased or lined baking tray or loaf tin. Make sure that you have pressed it down evenly.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes until golden.
- You can cut them and enjoy them while they’re warm, but it’s best to wait until they have cooled otherwise there’s more chance that they will fall apart!
- Store in an airtight container.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe – check out these quick and easy banana oats with warm berries if you can’t get enough of the banana-oat combo, or these apple and carrot breakfast muffins for another grab-and-go breakfast option that includes fruit and vegetables.
Question of the day – Do you like raisins or would that ruin the whole oaty bar for you?
Let me know in the comments
FYI you can leave them out or swap them for something that you prefer.