Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bites

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Craving something sweet but don’t want all those added guilty calories? What's better than peanut butter and banana with chocolate to stop those cravings? These little bites will satisfy those taste buds with big flavor and provide a nice nutritional balance: Fiber from the oats, healthy fats and vitamins from the peanut butter. There is no need for sugar in this recipe because the bananas provide the sweetness (the riper the bananas the sweeter they become). The best part is they are super easy to make and only include four ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1½ cups of quick oats
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate chips

Directions

Mash together all of the bananas into a bowl until they resemble a creamy consistency.

Add in the two tablespoons of peanut butter to the bananas and mix together until blended and creamy.

Add in the quick oats (regular whole oats will work as well). Mix until they are incorporated into the batter.

Next fold the chocolate chips into the batter (you substitute the chocolate chips with raisins or nuts). Now they are ready for baking.

Spoon the bites onto a nonstick cookie sheet using a tablespoon and place them in a preheated 350-degree oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Makes ~20 bites

For extra protein you could add in one scoop of protein powder.

 

Ashley Acornley is a clinical and sports dietitian and certified personal trainer with Triangle Nutrition Therapy and one of our Fit Family Challenge nutrition experts.

 

Categories: Fit Family, Fit Family Challenge, Food + Fun, Nutrition