Ever since I first made these snack bites a few months ago, they have been a complete staple in this house. They're great for a quick breakfast if you're running late for work, a mid-afternoon snack, or even an appetizer when dinner is taking longer than expected. I have made many batches, and keep them in the freezer so they're always on hand. They're great both frozen and room temperature.
I did a previous quick post about these, but it was under the somewhat misleading title of "No-Sugar Cereal Bars". While it's true that I don't add any sugar, they aren't completely sugar-free, since it is in both the peanut butter and fruit. So here is a brand new post, with a better title and lots of pictures! The idea for the original recipe came from Snack Girl.
(Note, I made a double-batch of the original recipe, because I like to make sure we are stocked up! The recipe below represents the doubled ingredients.)
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 4 bananas, mashed (sorry there are only two in the photo! I actually used 4.)
- 1 cup nuts. I like to use slivered almonds. No chopping necessary!
- 3 cups total of dried fruits (blueberries, pomegranate craisins, cherries, cranberries, apricots, etc.)
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- A few pinches of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash 4 bananas into a large bowl.
- Add 1 cup of peanut butter.
- Add 1 cup of nuts (either slivered nuts, or other nuts that you've chopped).
- Add 3 cups of dried fruits.
- Add 2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats.
- Add 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
- Add a few pinches of cinnamon.
- Stir all together well.
- Spray cupcake pan with cooking spray, and scoop between 1-2 Tbsp of mixture into each cup.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, then cool.
- Keep in the refrigerator or freezer. They won't last long!
Start by pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees.
Break up 4 bananas (I think there were only 2 so far in this picture),
And then mash up thoroughly. This definitely works best with very ripe bananas!
Measure out 1 cup of peanut butter.
Mix peanut butter into the bananas.
Measure 1 cup of slivered almonds.
Add almonds to peanut butter and banana mixture.
Measure out one cup of each fruit you want to use. I usually use 3 different kinds of fruit. I've found that the tiny fruits are easiest. No chopping necessary!
Here, I added dried blueberries.
Next, I used this "tropical trio" of fruits (pineapple, papaya, and mango). They were kind of a pain because they needed to be chopped.
After dicing into small pieces, I added them to the mixture.
Next came the pomegranate Craisins. These are pretty delicious. I think Ocean Spray makes 3 or 4 different flavors of Craisins (cranberries infused with various fruit juices), and they all work well in this recipe.
Toss those in there with the rest.
Next, measure out 2 cups of old fashioned oats. (Old fashioned is better than the "quick oats", because they're bigger. It allows them to bind with the other ingredients more easily.)
Measure out 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and pour that on top of the mixture.
Then, sprinkle on a few pinches of cinnamon.
Here are all the goodies, before mixing...
...and after stirring them together really well.
Spray the bottom of a cupcake pan with cooking spray, and then place a scoop of the mixture into each one. I like to use my cookie dough scooper - it seems to work the best, since this mixture is very sticky!
This batch made about 24 bites. I make them pretty big, but if you're planning to feed kids with them, you might want to make them a little smaller and more bite-size.
After 15 minutes, they look about like this.
Let them cool and harden for a few minutes, then package them up into containers and pop them in the freezer, so they're always ready to grab and go! I got these containers at the dollar store - I think they were about 20 cents each.
Here's how many my batch made. (I filled the first container when they were still warm, so they fogged it up a bit.)
Like I said, these are an absolute staple in this house now.
What is your favorite homemade snack?