Banana Breakfast Bars
These are great breakfast bars because they're good for you, at 215 calories, have 4 grams of fiber, less than 7 grams of fat, and almost 9 grams of protein per bar. The textured vegetable protein and the peanut butter are what help up the amount of protein compared to other breakfast bars.
*Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) is a vegetarian source of protein made from de-fatted soy. You can find it in the bulk bins at a health food store (like Whole Foods) or near the quinoa, brown rice flour, etc. If you can’t find it or don’t want to use it, just substitute with an equal amount of oats.
These are egg-free, 100 percent whole grain, and can be gluten-free and nut-free. Use brown rice flour instead of whole-wheat flour, and use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter. The first time I made them, they were with brown rice flour and sunflower seed butter and they were just as delicious!
To read more recipes from Meme, visit her blog Living Well Kitchen.
- 2 Tablespoons flax meal
- 4 Tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 Cup oats
- 3/4 Cups textured vegetable protein*
- 1/2 Tablespoon white whole-wheat flour
- 2 Teaspoons cinnamon
- 3/4 Teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 2/3 Cups milk
- 1/2 Cup maple syrup
- 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 Cup peanut butter
In a small bowl, whisk together the flax meal and water. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the oats, TVP, flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir in the flax mixture. Stir in the peanut butter until completely combined.
Add the oat/flour mixture to the banana mixture. Pour the batter into prepared baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.
Store these tightly covered in the refrigerator or freezer, but you can keep them at room temperature for up to 4 days.