Banana and oatmeal bites

This healthy sweet treat is so easy to make and uses just 4 ingredients. They are a cross between choc-chip cookies and banana bread- chewy, yet moist and full of flavour. I enjoyed mine as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea, but they'd be a great accompaniment to breakfast too. They should last up to two days- don't worry if the colour starts to darken, that's just down to the banana.

There's no need to add sugar to this recipe as the ripe bananas sweeten it nicely; the riper the bananas are, the sweeter they taste. 

This recipe yields 10-12 bites, depending on how big you make them.

Ingredients2 ripe bananas
1 cup rolled oats (you can use quick oats if you prefer)
Handful of chocolate chips
1/2 Tsp cinnamon 

MethodPreheat the oven to 170 degrees.
1. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl until smooth- I left a few lumps in mine because I like the texture it gives the bites.
2. Add the oats and cinnamon, mix well.
3. Add the chocolate chips and mix again.
4. Using a tablespoon, spoon the mixture out onto baking paper in even sizes. You can make them flat like cookies, or more rounded dome shapes if you prefer. If you make them more rounded, allow an extra 5-10 mins cooking time.
5. Bake for 15-20 mins, or until the edges are golden and crispy.
6. Allow to cool down before eating.

Once you've tried this basic recipe, you can experiment with other additional ingredients. 
Other combo ideas include:
Banana, oats and dried fruit; such as apricots, papaya and raisins
Banana, oats and peanut butter
Banana, oats and ginger
Banana, oats and nuts; such as almonds or walnuts

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