Today I would like to share with you an easy and super healthy way to start the day, o a good snack for mid morning or mid afternoon. I believe it will be particularly interesting for those with children because they are very easy to make, and they can be stored in the fridge and be a grab & go option.
There are two ways about this recipe, the one with an egg and the vegan option that swaps that egg for a mix of chia seeds and water. Mine is dairy free but I have used some agave nectar for sweetener, but you can easily avoid it and use any non caloric sweetener or just use one more banana.
I have made these with oat bran to make them extra low carb and high fibre but you can use oat meal or a mixture of the two, it is entirely up to your preference.
These are quite moist and have very much the texture of a sponge cake, with the nutty flavour of the peanuts to give it a kick. They are high in healthy fats and low in the less good ones and quite a high protein option too. All in all, a balanced and nutritious alternative to sugary cereals or other treats. You can also use them as a sweet tooth trick because they do taste divine and they wont take a toll on the scales.
Ingredients (makes 12 portions)
1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg/ 2 tbsp chia seed in 3 tbsp of water
1/4 cup of unsweetened peanut butter
2 ripe bananas (or 3 if you dont want to use sweetener)
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or almond or soy)
1/4 cup agave nectar/maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
Mix in a medium bowl all the dry ingredients so they are homogeneously mixed and set aside.
In a larger bowl mix the bananas (I used some I had frozen and i blended them in the food processor first) but you can also just mash them in the bowl with the peanut butter, then add the egg and mix until the mixture is like a dough (or the chia seeds). Then add the vanilla extract and coconut or almond milk. When everything is well mixed, add the dry mixture, combine and set in a pre-greased bowl.
Bake at 175C for about 25 minutes. Decorate with peanut butter and peanuts and anything you may think of. Chocolate sprinkles could be a nice addition too.
Let me know if you try it!