Banana Oatmeal Bites, Protein Powder Variation

bananabites1As much as I would love to be an early morning person, I’m just not. That snooze button is just a little too appealing as the weather starts to cool, making it hard to pull the covers off in the morning to get out of bed. I pride myself on being able to put together a ‘real’ breakfast most mornings (usually consisting of some kind of egg combination), but sometimes I just don’t have time and I’m on the run. Whether you need a breakfast grab and go, another component to your lunch, or just a pre-workout snack… I think I can help you out here.

These are a great sliver of ‘a little bit of everything’. Toasted almonds, cinnamon, oats, chocolate, and bananas. Those aren’t just some appealing ingredients, those are ALL the ingredients. Liking this already aren’t you?! A cross between baked oatmeal and a slice of banana bread- and that’s really all there is to it.

Please make these 15 minute snacks and eat them on your way out the door tomorrow morning, and by ‘them’, I mean 3-4. They’re healthy, it’s cool.

Banana Bites

1 cup steel-cut oats

2 bananas, mashed

2 shakes of cinnamon

1 handful of chocolate chips

1/4 cup of almonds, toasted

***looking for more variations? Add your protein powder (2 serving cups from the bag) or some shredded coconut (1/4 cup)!

1. Pre-heat oven to 350.

2. Toast almonds,  you can do this by spreading them on a pan until lightly golden brown (about 5-7 minutes), or you can do this in a skillet, stirring until golden.

3. Mash bananas with a fork, add the rest of your ingredients (pick what you want, ditch what you don’t!) well.

4. Place a large spoonful (about 1 tbsp) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. Bake for about 15 minutes until set and starting to turn golden brown.

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