Bananas. Peanut Butter. Cacao. Enough said.
No seriously though…What is not to love about this combination?
Banana Peanut Butter Cacao bites are the love child of the banana bread and a baked oatmeal chocolate cookie. Small enough to have a couple as a snack with coffee or as a quick burst of energy before a workout. They are just sweet enough from the banana and the maple syrup that you don’t end up face down on your desk after eating them!
Banana Peanut Butter Cacao Bites
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 3 medium ripe bananas
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork until smooth.
- Add the nut butter, applesauce and maple syrup and mix together.
- Add in the vanilla, cinnamon and salt to wet mixture and mix together.
- Add in oats, sunflower or pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs and mix well.
- For each bite, use a medium sized spoon and drop onto an un-greased baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12-15 minutes. I find they taste the best after 14 minutes of baking.
- Store in the fridge or freezer.
These energy bites are great on the go and can be made nut and gluten free by substituting the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter and the oats with certified gluten free oats for the GF people in the house.
Stay tuned for more of our Cookie Month! I’m thinking the next one will be an old favourite. 😉