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Raw banana bread balls in a bowl.

Banana Bread Bites

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Craving chocolate chip banana bread but don’t feel like baking? Banana bread bites to the rescue! Whip up these yummy energy balls in 10 minutes for a healthy snack that tastes like dessert!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup walnut pieces or pecans (150 g)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (100 g)
  • 1 cup packed, soft pitted dates (220 g)
  • 1 medium ripe banana (1/2 cup, 120 g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, optional
  • 1/2 cup mini or regular chocolate chips (90 g)

Instructions

  1. Add the nuts and oats to a food processor and blend until broken down and grainy.
  2. Add everything but the chocolate chips and blend into a thick, sticky dough you can press together between your fingers.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix throghout.
  4. Use your hands to roll the dough into 20 balls.
  5. To smooth out the balls after rolling, wet hands and roll each ball a few times to smooth.
  6. It’s okay to enjoy them right away, they’ll just be a little soft, otherwise, firm in the fridge for 30 minutes then enjoy!

Notes

Storing: Sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freezer for up to 3 months. Okay at room temperature if taking to-go but will get soft it it’s warm. Store in the freezer beforehand and keep cool if possible.

Nuts: Use 1 cup of walnuts, pecans or almonds or mix and match and needed. 

Sugar-Free Option: Use sugar-free chocolate chips such as Lily’s or to reduce sugar content, use high-cacao content dark chocolate.

Oat-Free Option: Replace oats with and additional 1 cup of nuts (2 cups nuts total).

Dates: It’s important to use soft dates in this recipe. If your dates are very dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: banana bread bites, banana balls