• David Hall

Banana, Oat and Nut Breakfast Bars

Updated: Feb 25

I call these breakfast bars because - well - they are perfect for a quick, healthy breakfast snack but really, they can be eaten any time as a quick pick-me-up or for a pre-workout energy boost.

Lower in sugar and fat than the commercial 'healthy' bars you see, they will also save you a few quid if you make a batch at the start of the week and resist eating it all in one sitting. Experiment with the ingredients by swapping the nuts and seeds for different ones. Omit the cinnamon or add ginger or a combination of both. Like it sweeter? Add more of your choice of sugar. Want a vegan version? Omit the egg and use another 25g peanut butter. Either way, enjoy.

Makes a tray with 16 square portions

3 ripe bananas, mashed

150g oats

2 tbsp of Golden syrup, honey or maple syrup

250g crunchy or smooth peanut butter

50g walnuts, broken into small pieces

50g mixed seeds (I used sunflower and pumpkin)

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon and/or ground ginger

1 - Pre-heat oven to 180C/GM4. Line a 20cm square baking tin.

2 - In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients and tip into the prepared tin.

3 - Sprinkle with more seeds and bake on the middle shelf for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

4 - Remove, allow to cool in the tray then cut into 16 portions. It will keep in an airtight container for 5 days.

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