There was a time once when my mom was in a rush to pay the rent. Actually that was a regularly occurring theme. But in this instance she was driving in our family car (a used ice cream truck, for real). Apparently when turning a corner the truck swerved and tipped, and in trying to ‘right the ship’ it was ‘over corrected’ and the truck spun around in a 360. Luckily no one was harmed, but the envelope containing the rent money (all in cash) flew out the door and the wind blew it all over the road. Trying her best, but not able, to retrieve all the money she was late arriving and this explained why the rent was short that month. I can see now the wisdom of direct debit for landlords these days! But my mom was good at her schemes and stories.
Sometimes my eating habits swerve a bit as I am prone to indulging in too much sugar. And when righting the ship maybe I can go a bit overboard the other way. The key is to get a balance. Not to over correct. At the moment there is a bit of a tiff with certain people in the food industry about this notion. Look I don’t want to cut out the treats all together. So today here is a little something that makes me feel good but also tastes good! It’s loaded with nutrients to give you energy and its convenient to grab on the go! Which helps if you’re in a rush and/or have to pick up an envelope of cash that has blown all over the street!
Healthy Brekkie Bites
Makes about 18
2 ripe bananas
2 cups organic gluten free oatmeal (porridge)
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice mix)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 small jar (170 g) of almond butter (or homemade)
¼ cup maple syrup or honey
If desired some mix ins of your choice (dried fruit, chopped nuts, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, shaved coconut etc)
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (or use a silicon pad)
- Smash up the bananas with a fork until smooth
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl until it all comes together into a wet mixture. You can add in your mixs in now or after you put on the baking tray.
- Drop by a large tablespoon the dough onto tray and flatten out a bit. Don’t worry about the dough spreading when they bake.
- You can add to the tops of the dough your desired mix ins (I sprinkled some with cocoa nibs and the others I put the dried fruit)
- Bake for 15-20 mins. Let cool on the tray first then transfer to a cooling rack
- If desired you can drizzle some melted dark chocolate on top. Or you can let me do it for you since chocolate is my life!
Note: These keep for several days or can also be frozen in an air tight container . Also, if the oats are quite large you can pulse a few seconds in a food processor to get them a bit finer.