Today my daughter decided to peel all 4 bananas I had in the fruit bowl on the table. Knowing that she and I would not be eating 4 bananas, it left me quickly thinking “what can I make with ingredients I have on hand?”.

I made two different (but similar) recipes. Both are great for a quick snack and can be eaten any time of day with no guilt.

3 Ingredient – Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

and

Banana Bread Energy Bites.

Both recipes are extremely simple. I had my 2 yr old help me but the process would have went much faster (and cleaner) had I done it on my own.  We probably spent about 40 minutes preparing both.

I slightly modified recipes I found. You can see the original recipes if you hit the above links.

Here are my recipes….

3 Ingredient – Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups quick cooking oats

2 ripe bananas

chocolate chips

Directions

Brake up bananas into smaller pieces and mash them. Add oats and chocolate chips. I eyeballed the amount of chocolate to my liking (aka, however many I had left after my kid was putting fist fulls in her mouth). Mix all ingredients. Place a spoon full on to a cookie sheet. I then like to flatten the cookie a bit with the back of the spoon. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes at 350.

I leave a couple of cookies in a jar to eat the same or next day and freeze the rest. When I want to eat a few I simply warm them up in the microwave (appx. 15 seconds) or the toaster over (apprx. 3 minutes at 350).

Banana Bread Energy Bites

Ingredients

2 bananas

2 cups quick cooking oats

1/2 cup almond butter

1/4 cup coconut flakes

1 tsp cinnamon

chocolate chips

Directions

In a large bowl brake the bananas into smaller pieces then mash them. Add in oats, coconut flakes and cinnamon, mix until well combined. Next add in the almond butter and chocolate chips (again I eyeballed the amount of chocolate). I like to add the almond butter last as it is more difficult to mix the thicker consistency. Then roll the mixture into 1.5″ balls and place onto a cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. After they are solid, transfer the bites to a freezer safe storage container or bag.

I like to leave these in the freezer and eat them cold. I grab 1 or 2 whenever I want a healthy quick snack to fill me up and keep me going through the day.