Go bananas for breakfast with Granola Bites

11/12/2013 8:22 PM

11/12/2013 8:22 PM

What do bananas and eggs have in common?

When it comes to vegan baking, a half a mashed banana can stand in for a whole egg.

The Star’s

Granola Bites

use the tropical fruit to side-step conventional baking ingredients such as flour, sugar and eggs. The result is a chewy, low-calorie, low-fat pick-me-up or quick breakfast-on-the-run.

Bonus: The recipe works for those who follow a vegan or sugar-free diet, and they are gluten-free, if the oats you purchase have been processed in a gluten-free facility. Be sure to check the label.

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Shopping tips:

Applesauce packed in an individual lunch-box size container is the right amount for this recipe.

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Cooking tip:

For the most even baking, bake one sheet at a time in the center of your oven.

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Storage tip:

Bake and cool the granola bites, then pack in individual plastic bags to eat on the way to school or work.

Granola Bites Makes 20 to 22 bites 3 ripe bananas 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 (4-ounce) container applesauce 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, using the tines of a fork, mash bananas until a smooth consistency. Stir in oats, applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla until blended. Add cranberries and stir until blended. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Flatten with the back of a flat, metal spatula to resemble a cookie shape. Bake 20 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool. Store in cookie jar or an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Per bite, based on 20: 53 calories (10 percent from fat), 1 gram total fat (trace saturated fat), no cholesterol, 10 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein, 1 milligram sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber.

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