Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Coco-nana-oat Bites

My sis and I were hanging out on Thursday night.  We were feeling like homebodies but needed a little activity to keep us from an early bedtime.  Sis did online apartment decor shopping.  I threw together a modified banana bread recipe.

Coco-nana-oat Bites*
makes 12 individual bread bites

3 medium/large bananas
1/4 cup coconut oil (or any other type of oil)
1/2 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup flaked coconut (or more if desired!)
3/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup agave)
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

- Mash the bananas.  I don't like chunks so I pureed it in the food processor, just make sure you don't turn it into runny juice!!!
- Combine banana, coconut oil, vanilla, flaked coconut and sugar in a large mixing bowl
- In a smaller bowl mix the rolled oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt
- Add dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl, stir to thoroughly incorporate (but don't over-stir!)
- Evenly fill muffin, cupcake or bread pan (you can line with paper cups and oil, or just oil the pan)
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes (I think mine were in there for 25?)
- Now they're done!  Eat them!  Give them to neighbors!  Give them to friends!  Stick them in an airtight container and save for later!

* The reason I'm not calling them a muffin is that they didn't bake up anything like a muffin.  They are dense (and wonderfully moist) banana bread, peeps!  They don't rise.  No airy crumbs.  No muffin top.  But, they are perfect for cutting open and covering with a spread of some sort (cream cheese or berry jam!).  That said, you may just want to pour the recipe into a little bread pan.  I definitely will next time!

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