These small homemade oat banana and raisin bites are a perfect snack for young children. With no refined sugar, just three ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes, what are you waiting for? Now with an air fryer method too!
I wasn't sure what to call these. Are they cereal bars, cookies or biscuits? Well, bars usually have a more regular shape, biscuits are more crunchy, and cookies are more like cookies. So, I've gone with 'bites' in the end. It describes them perfectly - small chewy clusters of oats, held together with sticky banana and raisins and then baked in the oven. Or the air fryer because that's how I also love to bake them.
I don't really need to write any more because that is exactly what these small sweet treats are. They have just three ingredients: banana, oats and raisins and are incredibly easy to make. In fact they are the perfect snack to bake with young children. My two-year old loved mashing up the banana, stirring in the oats and then...
...trying to eat the raisins. She also helped spoon the mixture onto the baking tray. The only thing she didn't help with was eating them afterwards. I enjoyed eating them all instead.
Even so, they have no added sugar or fat so they make an ideal naturally sweet but healthy snack for toddlers, young children and anyone else who may be around.
Ingredients for banana, oat and raisin bites
These chewy bites have just three ingrdients:
- Bananas - It doesn't matter if the bananas are going slightly soft. This recipe is a great way to using up slightly overripe bananas.
- Oats - Depending on the kind of oats you use you can have more or less texture in the finished bites. If you want to make them gluten free, use gluten-free oats.
- Raisins - Any kind of raisins or sultanas are fine. You can use dried apricot pieces instead or other dried fruits such as cranberries.
How to make oat banana and raisin bites
To make these snack bars, first mash the banana up using a fork until it is like a puree. Then stir in the oats and raisins.
Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper and put spoonfuls of the mixture on the baking tray. Press down slightly with the back of the spoon.
Then bake in the oven. They will only need about 10 minutes.
Could you adapt these oat banana and raisin bites?
You could make lots of variations of these. Any dried fruit would work instead of the raisins. You could add currants, dried cranberries, pineapple or mango. They really are a great base for adding any kind of dried fruit.
You could even make them a little more indulgent by adding a few chocolate chips.
How long do these stay fresh for?
You can store these bites in an airtight container at room temperature and they should keep for about 4 days. If you store them in the fridge they should be good for about a week.
Can you freeze them?
Yes, if you wrap them up well and they will keep well in the freezer for at least three months.
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Oat Banana Raisin Bites
- 2 large overripe bananas
- 120 g fine oats
- 60 g raisins Currants or sultanas are also fine
- Put the bananas in a bowl and mash them up.
- Stir in the oats and raisins.
- Grease a baking tray or line it with non-stick baking paper and place teaspoons of the mixture on the baking tray. Press down slightly.
- Bake in the oven at 180°C for about 10 minutes.
- Let them cool for a few minutes on the baking tray and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Air Fryer method
- Follow the steps above but divided the mixture into 8 equal cookies. Put the cookies/bites on a lined air fryer tray/basket and bake for 10 minutes at 180C.
- I let them cool a little then turned them over and air fried for another 5 minutes to firm up the side that had been underneath.
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these look great and super easy too! awesome recipe!
They are one of the easiest things you can make!
I tested this recipe and I really liked these soft bites with a good taste of banana.
I published it on my blog : http://lescrocsduloupinet.blogspot.fr/2014/06/biscuits-moelleux-avoine-banane.html
Thank you for sharing your recipes.
I'm so glad you liked them. It's always lovely to hear that someone has actually made one of my recipes.
So creative and I love that there's only three ingredients! These sound perfect for a fun and unexpected breakfast - especially for kids. Although frankly, I must be a kid at heart because I'd love one 🙂
Thank you. And there's nothing wrong with being a big kid!
What a brilliant recipe. Love the fact there's only three ingredients and what a great way to use up over-ripe bananas! And a great entry for this month's Family Foodies challenge - thank you for sharing 🙂
Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins
Oooh they look so good! Great to nibble on 🙂 x #BakeoftheWeek
Indeed! I've also now tried a variation with dried apricot and chocolate chips and it's even better!
Helen at Casa Costello
Who cares what they are called? 😉 They just look delicious! I'm all in favour of quickie bakes! Feel free to add to Bake of the Week x
Fantastic! These simple recipes are always the best, aren't they. 'Bites' works 🙂 Thank you for linking up with the No Waste Food Challenge! 🙂
Thank you. I love anything that is quick to make as I just don't have time for long recipes at the moment.
Such a clever idea and super healthy too. I'll have to try these out.
Thank you. I hope you like them.
Traditionally Modern Food
This weekend I m going to try oats banana bar
I hope you like them. Let me know how you get on and if you make any variations.
Traditionally Modern Food
Fabulous, so simple and yummy:-) Thank you for a great frugal entry to Credit Crunch Munch:-)
Love this recipe. Great way to use up those ripe bananas.
Exactly. I hate to throw them away.