Raspberry and oat banana breakfast bars
1½ cups (225g) raw cashews
1½ cups (120g) desiccated coconut
3 medium ripe bananas (300g), peeled and chopped 10 fresh dates (200g), pitted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
125g fresh raspberries
½ cup (45g) rolled oats maple syrup, for drizzling (optional) Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a lightly greased 20cm square tin with non-stick baking paper.
Place the cashews, coconut, banana, dates, vanilla and bicarbonate of soda in a food processor and process, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally, for 5 minutes or until smooth. Fold half the raspberries and half the oats into the mixture, spoon into the tin and smooth the top with a palette knife. Gently press the remaining oats and raspberries into the top and cook for 25 minutes or until the top is dry and golden.
Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then refrigerate until cold. Cut into 10 bars and serve with maple syrup, if using. MAKES 10. Tip: You can store these bars in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
With fibre and POTASSIUM (great for gut health), bananas are the STAR ingredient in these sweet breakfast bars. Give our combos a whirl, then feel free to add your own SPIN with your favourite dried fruit and grains.