I am a big fan of making my own energy bars. I like to know what goes into my food and when I prepare it myself, I have more control over what I am putting into my body. Those store bought bars are full of sugar and preservatives and when you are eating them every day you are adding so much unnecessary sugar and chemicals to your diet. I found this recipe on Pinterest
Banana Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies:
2 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth and creamy
1/3 cup almond butter (can use peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice)
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups quick oatmeal uncooked (I used old fashion oats and they were really good)
1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, peanuts…)
1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, mix mashed banana and almond butter until well combined. Mix in applesauce. Add oatmeal and nuts and combine. Add chocolate chips if you chose to use them. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Drop cookie dough by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten them into circles. Bake for 20-30 minutes. I like them a little crispy so I baked the full 30 minutes.
When cookies have cooled, you can store them in a covered container.
Feel free to make these cookies your own. You can add some vanilla protein powder, if you don’t like nut butters you can leave them out, add raisins or dried cranberries…
Original recipe and photo courtesy of http://watching-what-i-eat.blogspot.com/2012/06/peanut-butter-banana-oat-breakfast.html