The other day, I had a cooking catastrophe in an attempt to make healthy “cookies.”
Well, catastrophe may be kind of a strong word. Because out of it was born these super tasty, super healthy peanut butter and banana energy bars with only 5 ingredients! Here’s the story.
The other night, got it in my head that I wanted to be “healthy” even though I was craving a cookie something fierce. So, I tried making those two-ingredient “cookies” you always see on Pinterest… you know, the ones made only from mashed bananas and oats? I am telling you right now: bananas and oats do not a cookie make. If you want a cookie, do NOT attempt this, whatever you do. To future Elizabeth: when you want cookies, just make them! With BUTTER. And FLOUR. Like these. Or these.
But, like I said before, I did learn something from the experience! While my two-ingredient experiment did not taste anything like the cookies I was craving, they didn’t taste bad. They actually had a fluffy, banana bread-ish texture even though it had no flour (since bananas firm up when they bake and act as a binding agent). They were moist, just like banana bread, and somewhat sweet, from the natural sugars in the banana.
And then my food blogger brain got to thinking: this would make a great energy bar! With some modifications, of course. This is Bowl of DELICIOUS, after all, not Bowl of “Eh, not bad.” And these bars are definitely delicious.
If you read my blog, you know that my husband is a runner. He loveeesss running. I do not. (To quote Ann from Parks and Recreation, “I know it keeps you healthy, but AT WHAT COST?”) I do, however, love supporting his love for running by making him healthy pre-run snacks, especially before races. Or, snacks for both of us before we go on a long hike (my exercise of choice) or other outdoor adventure.
Usually, our pre-hike/pre-run/pre-workout snack is whole wheat toast with peanut butter, sliced banana, and a drizzle of honey. Yum yum yum. These granola bars are based on the same principle and consist of only 5 healthy, natural ingredients: bananas, peanut butter, oats, nuts/seeds, and honey. Throw a little cinnamon/vanilla/other spices in there too, if you’re feeling crazy. Maybe even some chocolate chips! YUM. They are packed full of carbs, healthy fats, and protein, with nothing acidic or too flavorful to cause indigestion while working out, and they will keep you full and satisfied for a long time. They are the PERFECT pre-hike/pre-run/pre-workout snack. WAY better than a Power Bar, for sure!…