Homemade. Bananas. Oats. Dried cherries. Pistachios.
Slather with peanut butter.
Go to go.
Always on the go!
Smile maker. 🙂
Dried cherry and pistachio energy oat bars.
That was fun-random little poem thingy :). It’s probable that I am still mildly delirious from my morning run but I wanted to share my go-to post-run refuel snack with you!
Who doesn’t love a good second breakfast on-the-go bar recipe? Since it’s been so incredibly hot/muggy here in Boston (highs in the high 90s with nasty humidity) I’ve been waking up early to beat the heat; I don’t typically want anything heavy or difficult to digest in my belly so I snack on an apple sauce or banana pre-run. By the time I finish my run I am ready for something that is both filling and delicious while also easy to grab-and-go as I scoot out the door on the way to work. The dried cherry and pistachio oat bars have been a life-saver this week in re-energizing me post-run. Personally, I slather my bar with peanut butter but if you insist I’ll allow other nut butters to be used ;).
Hope you enjoy these belly-filling bars a much as I do!
Dried Cherry and Pistachio Oat Bars (Yields 12 small bars)
2-3 overripe bananas
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp Stevia (or other natural sweetener)
3/4 cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cup rolled oats
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1-2 tsp cinnamon
¾ cup shelled pistachios
¾ cup dried cherries
*You can add 1 T of flax seed in for added crunch!
1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease 9X9 baking pan and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl smash up the bananas. Add in the vegetable oil, stevia, vanilla extract and apple sauce.
3. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients: oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon (& flax seeds if you choose).
4. Add the oats mixture to the banana mixture until just combined. Then gently fold in the dried cherries and pistachios.
5. Using a rubber scrapper pour mixture into baking pan and spread evenly. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for approximately 35-40 minutes. I prefer mine a little crunchy on top and aim for about 40 minutes.
6. Allow to cool for approximately 5 minutes before cutting into bars.
Never Stop Running (so you can eat these yummy bars) :),
Kass/The Lone Runner