My go-to snack: Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Singles
Mar
28th

Good morning! I didn’t plan to start off with a food post, but John is sharing some of these at work today so I wanted to get the recipe up :) These baked goodies have become a staple in our house. They are quick, easy, delicious, and healthy, plus there’s no wheat, which is good for peeps like me with wheat-related issues. I also love this because I have always wanted to like oatmeal, it has so many great health benefits, but I just think the consistency is super gross. This baked version is much better! Seriously, it doesn’t even taste like health food, which is actually kind of dangerous…

This recipe is a modified version of one featured in Fitness Magazine that I found on Pinterest, and if you are on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen it too, it’s everywhere. It comes from healthy food blogger Emily Bites. I played with the recipe a lot to firm up the consistency some more and find an even lower calorie version that I still I loved, but I highly recommend either version! I eat these for breakfast if I’m on the run, or as a snack :) photo 1

What you’ll need:

2 Bananas
3/4 c. Skim Milk
3 Egg Whites (3 tbl. if you use substitute)
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 c. Old Fashioned Oats (not the instant kind!!)
1/3 c. Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/3 c. Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mash bananas completely, mix in milk, egg whites, and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients except the chocolate chips. If you are like me and hate dealing with dishes (please let our next apartment have a dishwasher!), you can add them on top and mix just the top portion to make sure the dry ingredients mix evenly. If you use a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients to the banana mix.
4. Mix in chocolate chips.
5. Spray muffin tin, fill muffin cups with the mix (I make 12, but you can stretch it to 18 if you would prefer them smaller).
6. Bake for 22-24 minutes, check for tops that are starting to brown.

Servings: 12-18
Calories: 146 (if you make 12) or 97 (if you make 18)

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Variations

If you want to reduce the calories even further, you can leave out the chocolate altogether. That brings you down to 123.5 if you make 12 and 82 if you make 18. I’ve also gone as low as 1/4 c. each on the sugar and chocolate, but at that point it starts tasting more like health food and only saves you 6-10 calories. You can also increase the banana to oat ratio and still have it be delicious. I forgot I was running out of oats once and used 2 bananas and just less than 2 cups of oats and they were still delicious.

Enjoy!! And let me know what you think!

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