There are two things that are important to parents of small children. Fast and easy snacks and a readily available bathroom. We’ve mostly gotten past the need to have a bathroom within 20 seconds of us at all times but the need for snacks is one that may never go away. Seriously? Who doesn’t love having snacks waiting in the freezer or cupboard for you whenever you may need them? While these don’t travel well, they are super fast and I find they’re a good size for my 3 year old. Not to mention they are so adaptable. Whatever sounds good to you… Try it! I’m betting they’ll turn out amazing. They are rather hard when they first come out of the freezer, but after a few minutes they’ve warmed up enough that they’re easy to eat. They’re especially awesome on a hot summer day 🙂
- 2 large overripe bananas
- 1 cup oats
- ½ cup crunchy cereal, granola or your favorite nuts
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup(or any other sweetener you use, if using a granulated sweetener add 2 tbsp liquid such as almond milk)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter or other nut or seed butter
- 2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp dried cranberries or other dried fruit
- 2 - 4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Line a muffin pan with paper liners, or use a silicone muffin pan for easy removal.
- Mash the bananas. Add wet ingredients and cocoa powder and mix well. Add all other ingredients, mix well then press into prepared muffin tin.
- Freeze at least 60 minutes before enjoying. We like keeping them in the freezer for easy snacks. In the past we've used a homemade cereal that stays crunchy but more often than not I'll use homemade granola or even an equal amount of nuts but use whatever you have. I've even used toasted buckwheat before and it works really well and stays crunchy.
Adapted from Oh She Glows
If you like these, be sure to check out these Strawberry Chocolate Chip Freezer Granola Bars!