I love gifting loved ones with unique gifts and sometimes it just makes sense to turn to Etsy. Yes, they expanded like crazy and I have no clue how to navigate the site like I used to but I saved my favorites for those last minute gifts.
One of their expansions was pretty great, though. Eatsy had a ton of pretty posts with healthy(-ish) options. When Adrianna Adarme posted her Banana Breakfast Cookies I knew that I had to them. The first time I made them I substituted in AP Flour for the wheat and oat flours justifying it by saying that I just wanted to try the cookies because I had a banana that was just waiting to be baked and absolutely nothing else. Whoops. A little bit of research revealed that wheat flour is great for giving your baked goods a nice chewy texture while oat flour is sweet. Which explains why the first batch of cookies was a little bland. The next set of cookies I followed the recipe as well as I could, substituting in oat bran for oat flour since I couldn’t find oat flour at my local grocery or Trader Joe’s. Oh, and I substituted chocolate chips for cocoa nibs. And doubled the amount of chocolate and walnuts called for in the recipe. I like chunky cookies. I also substituted avocado for butter. Ok, so I completely changed the cookies. I’m just getting them where I want them to be for me…fewer exotic additions and a cookie that I can whip up without 5 trips to the grocery store.
The next round of cookies I made a few more changes. I added in a second banana – it needed more of a banana flavor. And I baked them in bar form. Less work/fewer dishes makes me a very happy girl. The cook time went from ~20 minutes to ~35 min. My beau’s comment on the final product: they’re home-made Clif bars! So the lesson here is: good for energy anytime whether its the start of your day or mid-hike. Bonus: These should freeze well when wrapped up nice and tight so that you can make up batches and store them every time you have a pair of bananas at the end of their lives.
My Recipe for Banana Energy Bars:
1/4 cup oat flour (grind up oats in a food processor or herb grinder)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 bananas (recipe approximates that it’ll be about 1 cup)
1/2 old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3 tablespoons coconut flakes
1/2 cup chopped coarsely chopped walnuts