The heart-healthy power bars have all the ingredients one might have on a banana split: made with quinoa, rolled oats, dried cherries, nuts and honey plus antioxidants from the cinnamon and chocolate â€“ and they taste good too!
These make a great snack, perfect to pack in your lunch bag, or great for powering up a workout or post-workout. While these bars werenâ€™t a big hit with my picky 3 year old, I thought these were tasty (I think sheâ€™ll love the chocolate chip protein cookies). For variations of this, you can make a Maple Blueberry Bar, swapping out the cherries and honey for maple syrup and dried blueberries, or she suggests a Peanut Chocolate Banana Bar omitting the cinnamon and cherries and adding 2/3 cup of dry roasted peanuts in place of the walnuts.
To store, wrap them individually with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months, keeping them airtight.
Banana Split Bars
Servings: 16Â â€¢ Size: 1 barÂ â€¢ Points +: 4 pts â€¢ Smart Points: 5
Calories: 143 â€¢ Fat: 4.5 g â€¢ Carb: 24 g â€¢ Fiber: 2 g â€¢ Protein: 3.5 g â€¢ Sugar: 11 g
Sodium: 82 mg â€¢ Cholest: 12 mg
1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1/2 cup water
2 cups quick rolled oats (use gf oats for gluten free)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1-1/2 cups very ripe mashed bananas
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cherries (or craisins)
1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips