Friday, April 5, 2013

Fab Fit Friday Post : No Bake PB2 & Banana Oat Bars!

Stop, Drop, & Roll.

It's Friday, y'all! Breathe, Stretch, & Smile! 

I love recipes that are quick, tasty, and convenient. If I'm late for an appointment, gym class or on the go, grabbing a quick snack is the easiest option. I try to keep homemade to-go snacks around the house. A couple days ago, I made these mini energy bars to get rid of a banana that was going bad. I was going to make a banana bread, but that seemed like too much work at the time. These banana bars took about ten minutes to prepare. I have to admit, they were hard to put down. They were so tasty and guiltless. 

All you need : 
-One Cup Gluten Free Organic Quick Oats
-One Tsp Organic Vanilla Extract 
-One Medium Extra Ripe Banana
-One Packet Truvia
-Four Tbsp Organic Powdered Peanut Butter (PB2 works too) Add the Powdered Peanut butter in the powdered form (Do not add water)

-Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl.

The best part about this recipe is that you can make these in a dorm room. They are the cutest little bars to bring to a study group or morning meeting. I think people appreciate healthy treats now and then!

It takes about a minute to stir and will seem really dry. Eventually the oats will soak up the banana, forming it into a "oatmeal cookie dough" texture. Don't add any extra liquid, just keep stirring. It helps to repeat "just keep stirring" in your head, as Dory would say "just keep swimming" in finding Nemo. Weird? Oh well! 

-This is what your mixture should look like. Go ahead and take a tiny test bite. You'll love it! I almost ate the entire bowl of batter. 

Each bar will equal one heaping tbsp. Heaping tbsp?...tablespoon that overflows. 

Form the tbsp of batter into a mini bar shape. 

This recipe will make twelve bars. 

I can't resist color, so added sprinkles on top. A little sprinkles never hurt anyone. 

-The sprinkles definitely brought these bars to life! 

-Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Organic, No Sugar Added, No Oils, No Bake & No Salt Added. Who can turn these down? 

Makes 12 Bars

Nutrition Per Bar: 45 Calories, 1 g Fat, 8 g Carbs, 1.5 g Fiber, 1.5 g Sugar, 2 g Protein

-I wrapped these bars up in wax paper and froze them. I love frozen treats. You can keep them in the fridge or out on the counter wrapped up. Don't leave them unwrapped, or they may harden and get eaten up by fruit flies. 

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