Honey & Bunches of Oats
I love snacks just as much as the next person, and this one is a staple.
These are frozen, so they’re a perfect pre-workout snack when you’re about to leave the house or while you’re filling your water bottle… They are also a great pre-dinner snack, because let’s face it, I’m starving after lunch/before dinner/any time.
Banana Honey Oat Bars
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 cups raw oat flakes
- 1 c raw almond butter
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 T fresh raw bee pollen granules
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- coconut oil to grease the pan
- Grease an 8×8 or 9×9″ pan.
- Mix all other ingredients in a bowl until dough forms. I like to pre-chop my oats gently in my VitaMix (food processor will do) until they’re all about cut in half.
- Pat dough into pan (or make balls) and freeze for 24 hours. Cut into squares after 12 hours or so – it’s softer. Can be stored up to 2 weeks. 9×9 pan makes 25.
Bananas are an awesome pre-workout food, as are Oats. This article says oats are the perfect fiber fill-up without gas for steady carbohydrate release, and bananas keep muscle and nerve function going strong with the right amount of fuel. This snack is also awesome for kids and they could probably even make it.
And if you’re still wondering about Bee Pollen, let me tell you I put 1 tsp in 1 L of our smoothie every day. Bee pollen is said to be nature’s perfect food because it’s packed with micro stuff like enzymes, trace elements, ~18 amino acids, almost all known minerals, and has more amino acids and vitamins than beef, eggs, or cheese. It’s also one of the few non-meat sources of B12. Bee pollen contains the essence of the plants as well, and I can say we don’t suffer from allergies. It’s a superfood in Bowden’s 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.
And if you are fretting over the cost of almond butter, see if a store near you has bulk almond butter from a machine like them machine churned peanut butter. You could mix 1/2 almond butter and 1/2 peanut butter to change the taste as well and make the almond butter splurge last longer. You can always make your own almond butter in a VitaMix too! I just prefer the 10 second machine churned version!