(Recipe can be found on the Blueberry Girl site here.)
Step by Step Instructions:
You’ll need the following ingredients to make these yummy snacks, and feel free to substitute your favorite dried fruit and nuts to customize this recipe to your tastes: 3 ripe Bananas, Salt, Dried Fruit (I love my cranberries), Canola Oil, Shredded Coconut, Old-Fashioned Oats, Almond Meal, Chopped Nuts (I opted for pecans), Allspice, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Extract.
Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (note the recipe below reference Celsius). Then in a large bowl I combined 1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats, 1/4 cup of almond meal, 1 cup of coconut flakes, and 1/2 cup of mixed nuts.
The shredded coconut smelled fabulous and then I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of allspice and boy did this combo smell terrific.
Then the mixture gets combined.
Up next 1 cup of your favorite dried fruit is added – again I went with dried cranberries because they make me happy. 🙂
And then all of the dry ingredients are fully combined making sure the dried fruit doesn’t clump together.
Moving onto the wet ingredients, I mashed 3 ripe bananas in a small bowl – this was definitely my least favorite part. I must say ripe bananas are creepy…I know I’m not alone in this feeling.
To the bananas, 1/4 cup of canola oil and 1 teaspoon of vanilla are added…
…and mixed together.
The wet ingredients are then added to the dry…
…and fully combined. Between the bananas, coconut, allspice, cinnamon, and cranberries, my house smelled oh so good!
Then I lined a cookie sheet (you can use parchment paper or a Silpat) and I used a good sized cookie cutter and spooned the batter into the cookie cutter, pressed it into the cutter and formed these cake-like treats. It made about 9 of these but you can use a smaller cookie cutter to make more out of this recipe – it’s totally up to you. I loved that I could really customize these treats to make them all me.
Then the oat cakes get baked in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the sides are golden brown. Wow these were good. I let them sit on the cookie sheet for a bit and then transferred them to a wire rack to cool. Then I had to try one and it was so darned good that I couldn’t wait to share them with my sister and brother-in-law. Super easy, health, delicious…what are you waiting for? Head on out to the store now and bake some of these treats for yourself. 🙂
1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup of almond meal
1/2 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped
1 cup dried fruit (I used 1/2 chopped dried dates, and 1/2 raisins)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 175C (THAT IS 350 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT). Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, almond meal, mixed nuts and coconut flakes. Stir in allspice and cinnamon. Add dried fruit and stir until well and evenly mixed. Make sure the dried fruit does not stick together in big batches.
3. In another bowl, combine canola oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
4. Take a large cookie cutter and press spoonfuls of the batter into it. Remove cookie cutter.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.