Home Made Energy Bars

I’ll confess that I’m neither a cook nor an originator of recipes so everything below has been at some point taken from somewhere on the Internet but for the life of me I can’t tell you where from so I can’t credit accordingly.  So, from this point on, consider it my recipe and pretend I am working in a laboratory working on a secret recipe for the next Dragon’s Den presentation for my get rich quick scheme.

This is a no-sugar-added energy bar and can be made in just a few minutes.  They will take care of your breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert and all you need are bananas, oats, nuts and dates (salt, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon are optional).  They make the perfect partner for a back-pocket on a cycle ride, or as  reward half way through a heavy turbo training session during the week.


2 large, very ripe bananas, 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional), 2 cups rolled oats, 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional), 1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried dates, 1/4 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans), grated nutmeg or cinnamon (optional).

The finished mix ready for the baking tray


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180c) and lightly grease a 9×9 inch-square baking dish using butter or olive oil,

2.  Mash the bananas very thoroughly in a mixing bowl until they are almost liquid. No large chunks should remain (about 1 cup and 1 ΒΌ cup)

3.  Stir in vanilla (optional). Mix in oats, then dates, nuts and salt (optional)

4.  Press the mixture evenly into a 9×9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

5.  Bake for 30 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees. (Makes 9 bars).

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