Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Bites
It’s starting to hit me friends…we’re going to be parents in about 10 weeks! AH! The thought is both exciting and nerve wracking, but I definitely lean more towards the exciting feeling. I have had other plans on different recipes to share with you but in all honesty, fatigue is hitting me harder than I expected. On the nights I am home after my full time job, I’m exhausted. I’m working in activity when I’m able to and I’m pretty much done for the night! I’ll continue to filter in more full recipes when I can, but you may see some more snack ones in the meantime.
Hence this new energy bite recipe! Pregnant or not, these are a great, one-hand needed snack to get you some nutrition in between or in addition to meals. These ones are naturally sweetened with dates and a little added sugar in the dried bananas. Because of this I left out any additional added sugar such as honey or maple because they taste sweet enough to me already.
Another beautiful thing about this recipe is that it’s easy to whip together in 15 minutes or less. I did measure things out for the sake of having a recipe to follow…but often times I eyeball the energy bite ingredients and blend it until I see the consistency I’m looking for. These stay good in the freezer for a month so come early March, I plan to make a batch every weekend and freeze them so that when baby comes, we’ve got a lot on hand. I am a big planner so these help me feel like I’m getting ready for this huge change that’s coming our way.
Personally, I wrap one or two energy bites in plastic wrap or wax paper before I freeze a bag of them. This way they don’t get clumped together in the freezer. I’ve got other recipes for energy bites here:
Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Energy Balls
- 1 cup peanut butter (I used a banana peanut butter I had when I tried these a second time – so good!)
- 1 cup oatmeal (uncooked) old fashioned, steel cut, or quick
- 1/2 cup pitted dates about 8-10 dates
- 1 cup banana chips
- 1/4 cup whole milled flax meal I get mine from Manitoba Milling Co.
Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixed well. If you don't have a food processor you could try a blender or smash the banana chips with a rolling pin and mix all of it by hand.
Roll into quarter size bites to yield about 10-12 total
Like I said, took me about 15 minutes from start to placing them in the fridge. You can also press the mixture into an 8×8 pan and cut them into granola bar shapes instead. Whatever floats your boat!
Make sure to let me know if you make them!