Banana Bread Bites

Oh banana bread bites… I am smitten! With Spring in full swing here in DC, the last thing I want to do is miss any time outside! Since the warm weather has hit I’ve fallen in love with sneaking daily walks into my routine. It feels so good to step away from my desk when I need a break and get some fresh air! Aside from my weekday barre classes, I don’t do much cardio so these walks have been a great way to get me moving! I also love getting competitive with myself to complete my 10k steps everyday day, it’s seriously addicting!

With all of the movement I’ve been adding into my day, I often find myself craving a nibble of this and a nibble of that. Nothing too filling, but something satiating with a good balance of energy. That’s where these banana bread bites come in! Filled with hearty oats, creamy almond butter, fiber-rich chia seeds, anti-inflammatory cinnamon, ripe banana and a touch of honey, these bad boys totally do the trick!

My favorite thing about these banana bread bites is definitely the no-bake aspect to them! With just a few simple ingredients poured into a bowl, these tasty treats can be made in about 5 minutes. While these bites don’t require any baking, they do require freezing. I usually allow them to freeze for about 30 minutes or so before I go to town.

For storage purposes I recommend keeping them in the freezer (since they're raw!) and grabbing them for a quick burst of energy. You can also pack these for work, though you may want to refrigerate them so that they don’t fall apart. 

I'm also dying to try these with mini chocolate chips and crushed walnuts too! The possibilities are endless! :) 

Banana Bread Bites

Time: 5 minutes
Makes 20 bites 

Ingredients
1 ripe banana, mashed well
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond butter (I used Barney Honey Flax!)
1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Substitutions 
* To make gluten-free use gluten-free oats
** To make vegan use agave
*** To make nut-free try using Sunbutter or peanut butter for those who are not peanut-free

Directions
1. In a medium size bowl mash the banana with a fork until the banana has an apple sauce like consistency.

2. Add in all the other ingredients and stir well. 

3. Wet your hands lightly with water and roll the batter into balls (should make about 20). Place the balls in a tupperware container and freeze for at least 30 minutes before enjoying! 

Storage: These store best if kept in the freezer!

Nutritional Information (per bite)
84 calories, 4g fat, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugar, 2g protein 

Thanks to Barney Butter– makers of my fav Honey Flax Almond Butter – for sponsoring product for this post! And for being a great brand all-around!