These date and banana oaty bars are perfect if you’re looking for healthy homemade recipes for after school snacks. With no added sugar and just naturally sweetened by the dates and banana they are a tasty alternative to traditional sugar-laden flapjacks.
As I write this Little Miss Spice is beginning her first week of doing full days at school and like many mums one of the things I’m worried about is whether she will actually eat the school lunches!
Her fussy eating has improved a lot over the summer and she is a lot more willing to try new foods which is great. At least I know she will have eaten something! Even so, one of the things I do know is that she will be hungry when I go to pick her up. I really want her to have a healthy diet and so I’m now planning to start making a lot more healthy homemade bars and savoury snacks that I can take to school at pick up time.
We made these bars together last week and she loved them. Dates and overripe bananas are very sweet and so the bars really are sweet enough without you needing to add any extra sugar at all. I’ve also added some sunflower and chia seeds which provide a bit of protein. You could substitute these for other seed or nuts to use whatever you have at home. I’m thinking of substituting some of the dates for chopped dried apricot next time but I haven’t tried this yet. I’m sure it will work but the bars will be slightly less sweet.
In texture the bars are soft and chewy but with a little caramelised crispier bit around the edges that were touching the tin. The seeds also give them a lovely bit of crunchiness too.
If you have young children or toddlers then making these bars together is a great easy baking activity. My children absolutely love taking turns to mash the banana and I can be getting all the other ingredients ready while they do that. They then love stirring it all up and patting it down into the tin.
I adapted the bars from this basic recipe for sugar free banana and date flapjacks.
These vegan homemade date and banana oaty bars make a perfect post-workout or after school snack
- 2 bananas
- 170g dates, chopped
- 180g oats
- 40g oil (I used vegetable but coconut oil would be great)
- 40g sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Mash up the bananas with a fork.
- Mix in all the other ingredients and press into a greased cake tin.
- Bake in the oven at 170c for 25 minutes.
- When the bars come out of the oven, cut them into squares but leave in the tin to cool.
These date and banana oaty bars are a great way of using up blackened bananas so I am linking them up to the No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. They are also much cheaper than bought snacks so I am linking them to Credit Crunch Munch, hosted this month by Utterly Scrummy and on alternate months by Fuss Free Flavours. I am also linking to Cook Blog Share at Easy Peasy Foodie, Recipe of the Week at A Mummy Too and Brilliant Blog Posts at Honest Mum.