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.
These date and banana oaty bars are ideal after school snacks!
As I write this Little Miss Spice is beginning her first week of doing full days at school. 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. I've even started to make snack balls like these coconut, apricot and sultanas ones!
Can you adapt these healthy homemade flapjacks?
We made these homemade cereal 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.
Get your kids to help make these cereal bars!
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. It keeps them busy so I can get all the other ingredients ready. 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.
How long do these date and banana oaty bars stay fresh?
If you store these oat bars in an airtight container they should be good to eat for at least a week. If you want to keep them for longer you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Just defrost them at room temperature or in the fridge before you want to eat them.
Recipe for Date and Banana Oaty Bars
Date and Banana Oaty Bars
- 2 bananas
- 170 g dates chopped
- 180 g oats
- 40 g oil I used vegetable but coconut oil would be great
- 40 g sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 170C
- 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.
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Places I'm sharing these Date and Banana Oaty Bars
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
Cook Blog Share at Easy Peasy Foodie