19 March 2014

Date and Banana Bars


There is a stream of (rather miserable!) television programmes and news articles hitting our screens about the high levels of added sugar in our diets. New health regulations suggest that we should be eating way less sugar than we are but this is nearly impossible- it's hidden in nearly everything! I just aim to substitute some of the artificial sugars in my food for healthier, natural sweeteners. The date syrup in these energy bars is a delicious natural sweetener, a new obsession of mine and perfect drizzled on top of porridge. 



These bars are high-energy and perfect for an on-the-run breakfast or afternoon concentration-boosting snack! Packed full of oats, dates, golden linseed and gooey baked bananas they make a perfect energy-sustaining snack. They are squidgy and sticky with crunchy seeds and walnuts for a great contrasting texture.

Ingredients:

100g butter/coconut oil
40g date syrup
100g dates
2 bananas, mashed
160g oats
Large handful of golden linseed flaxseed
Walnuts/pecans/raisins/sultanas

Method:

Melt the date syrup and butter/coconut oil in a small saucepan. Stir in the porridge oats, finely chopped dates, 2 very mashed bananas and a good handful of golden linseed. You could also add in some chopped walnuts or pecans or some sultanas and raisins if you fancy. Spoon the mixture into a grease and lined small baking tin.

Bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees C for about 15-20 minutes until golden. Once baked, remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly and then chop with a sharp knife into equal-sized bars.

12 comments:

  1. Sugars from fruits are the best! Grapes are my favourite and this looks deliciousxx

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  2. These look so delicious and healthy! Pinned! I have been reading all those scary reports and watching the documentaries and my Husband and I have made some huge changes!

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    1. Thanks Lindsey! I know, they really are scary as its amazing how much sugar is in foods we'd never think of! xxx

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  3. These look AMAZING! I'm going to have to go on a search for date syrup here in Brussels... Thanks Katie! :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Hopefully you'll find some in a health shop somewhere! Hope you're enjoying life in Brussels! xxx

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  4. I love your blog. Your photos are great and always look flawless. What software do you use to edit with as I'm looking at buying some?
    Beth x

    www.TheBritishGirl.co.uk

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  5. oh wow these look so good!!!
    i made the sweet potato brownies the other day and posted them on my blog :) i'm definitely going to try these, banana recipes are my absolute favourite :)
    hope you had a lovely weekend!

    Mollie xoxo
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  6. I've been looking for another way to use date syrup! These remind me of those Nakd bars! I LOVE those things & have been wanting to make some similar on my own. :) Yours look fabulous!
    Anyonita @ www.anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

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  7. These look so good, I haven't got any date syrup but have to shop later so will put it on my list, want to try these!

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  8. I'm currently on a health trip/diet (dare I say it!) and will be pouring over your blog for the next few weeks/months (If I make it!)

    Katie <3

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. It's really appreciated and lovely to hear some feedback. Katie x