The best way to use up downright blackened bananas is to make desserts because they are far too soft to enjoy, yet they are the sweetest at this point. In the past couple weeks, I’ve been terrible at consuming my bananas at their peak aesthetic and have been forced to make banana bread from the charcoal-black colored bananas. However, I am shocked to find myself say that I’ve gotten tired from banana bread, since I’ve baked a surplus of loaves, but today two blackened bananas lay on my counter and I couldn’t stand tossing them in the compost bin. Making banana bread was obviously not an option, so I decided to make some banana carrot cake breakfast bars, which also helped me use up some carrots in my fridge! A win-win situation, and I know have scrumptious to-go breakfast bars!
Banana Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars
yield: 12 squares
- 2 c. rolled oats
- 3/4 c. almond meal
- 3 tbsp. vegan sweetener (agave/ maple syrup)
- 2 tbsp. almond butter (check out how to make homemade almond butter)
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 c. grated carrots
- 1/4 c. flax seeds
- 2 overly ripe bananas
- 1 tbsp. applesauce or flavorless oil
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- Place the rolled oats and almond meal into a food processor and pulse until the mixture becomes coarse crumbs, but has not completely turned into oat flour yet. Then add the cinnamon, ginger, and flax seeds and pulse until the flax seeds have become slightly chopped.
- Add in the sweetener, almond butter, bananas, and applesauce/oil and pulse until the mixture begins to clump together and is thoroughly incorporated.
- Pour in the grated carrots and pulse for about 10 seconds, or until the carrots are combined into the mixture.
- Pour into a square baking pan lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray. I also used a pan that cuts the bars before baking, which is convenient.
- Optional: Top your bars with walnuts, chocolate chips, or any toppings of your choice. I put dark chocolate chips on half of my bars.
These breakfast bars are perfect on the go and a great option for breakfast because they’re low in sugar and high in fiber and protein, certain to keep you full for your busy mornings!