Banana Bites

Going light and healthy this week with these little snacks. They are easy to make, very flavorful and something the whole family will enjoy. They are moist, chewy and naturally sweet.
During the week it’s all about running out the door, no time for me at a sit down breakfast so these are easy to grab on the go.
Here is the Basic Banana Bite recipe then I’ll list add ins that I have tried that we like also.

Banana bites
Heat oven to 350
3 ripe bananas mashed
1/3 cup applesauce ( I use one of those single serving containers of applesauce so it could be a little more or a little less)
1/4 cup almond or coconut milk (could use regular milk also)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups old fashioned oats
Mix all ingredients together, it will be very moist. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I use my mini meatball scooper to dollop out bite size morsels.

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Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Makes approx. 27 bites. I store them in a airtight container on the counter then after a couple days I move them to the refrigerator because they start getting a little soggy.

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Let bites cool for a few minutes before you move them from cookie sheet to cooling rack. They will be spongy little bites packed with flavor and nutrition. Great with coffee or tall glass of milk.

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Pack them in your kids lunch,pop a couple before heading to the gym or enjoy as a late night snack.
Chop up any other dried fruit to replace the raisins, (dried cranberries,crazins,prunes or apricots.
I have added Chia seeds for even more fiber,(a fiber rich diet aids in digestion which can support weight -loss efforts, lower blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes)
Try cutting down the cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoon and add 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie spice for a that time of year treat.
What’ would you add in to make it yours?

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