The idea from this recipe sprung from two things: laziness and forgetfulness.
It’s been waaay too hot in the mornings lately to do… Well, anything! It’s definitely too hot to sit down to my usual breakfast, a bowl of steaming porridge. In fact, I can barely be bothered to peel myself off the sticky leather sofa to make a cup of tea, let alone sort out food! I need something to just grab ’n’ go, so that’s where the laziness comes in.
Now, as for being forgetful, I’m always in charge of the shopping list and sometimes I get so carried away creating all these recipes that I miss out the basics. Most recently I forgot to get cereal bars, an essential part of our speedy packed lunches which are sorely missed alongside our jam sandwiches. 🤦♀️
The solution? Make my own version! These chocolate banana oat bars are so easy to make, even the kids can get involved (although things might get messy!). They can be rustled up with pretty basic ingredients and, best of all, they’re really yummy! Make a batch so you can just grab one whenever you fancy, perfect on the go. With these, you know exactly what goes into them – just five simple ingredients! Easy peasy.
There’s a lot of nutrition packed into these little bars; bananas are one of your five a day 🍌 oats help lower blood sugar 🥣 honey is a wonderful natural sweetener 🍯 And the chocolate spread? Well, that’s just for fun! 🍫
So, this is how I did it…
(Makes 4 bars)
1. Grab a bowl and mix together most of the ingredients – the oats, honey, chocolate spread and milk.
2. Add the banana, mash like crazy with a fork and stir into the mixture until everything is well combined.
3. Lightly grease a baking tray, or line with greaseproof baking paper, and divide the mixture into four bars on the tray.
4. Cook on 180°C for around 30 minutes, or until the bars have firmed up.
8 tbsp Plain Oats – Smartprice Porridge Oats 1KG – 75p – ASDA
2 Bananas – Fairtrade Bananas Loose – 13.7p – Sainsbury’s
1 ½ tsp Clear, Runny Honey – Simply… Clear Honey – 89p – Lidl
1 tsp Chocolate Spread – Everyday Value Chocolate Spread – 80p – Tesco
3 tbsp Milk (or Milk Alternative) – Skimmed Milk 1 Pint – 49p – ASDA (or Smartprice Soya Milk UHT Unsweetened 1L – 59p – ASDA)