Banana Oatmeal Bites are a lighter snack that will satisfy any sweet tooth! Instead of using traditional ingredients like flour and sugar, these bites are made with bananas, oats and cinnamon.
I’m so excited to be sharing this recipe with you today! This recipe for Banana Oatmeal Bites comes from the new cookbook Meal Prep in an Instant by Becca Ludlum. She’s the blogger behind My Crazy Good Life and knows how to make good food that’s also good for you!
Although the cookbook is listed as an official Instant Pot book, it will work for any pressure cooker. I tested these Banana Oatmeal Bites in my Crockpot Express and they turned out great!
Meal Prep in an Instant
Here’s the cookbook description from Amazon to give you an idea of what it’s all about:
With seven customized prep plans, Meal Prep in an Instant will show you how to use your prep day efficiently to prepare three lunch or dinner meals and one breakfast meal, package them up for the week ahead, and enjoy fresh, delicious meals without struggling to figure out what to make for dinner every night. Here’s what you’ll get:
• Over 50 recipes that will appeal to a variety of tastes and appetites
• Seven weekly meal plans, each featuring four primary recipes, three alternate recipes, and one dessert, and many of the recipes are dairy-free or vegetarian
• Detailed prep day plans for every weekly meal plan, each designed to help you maximize your time in the kitchen on your prep day
• Handy shopping lists and equipment lists to help you execute your plan perfectly and efficiently
I also tested another recipe from the book called Spicy Enchilada Casserole. It was absolutely delicious and would feed a family with leftovers, or can be turned into 6 lunches for meal prep. You can see some pictures I took and the recipe in our Facebook group, Crockpot Express Community.
I love that even with the chocolate chips, these oatmeal bites are just over 100 calories each. They have been a perfect mid-morning snack for me, and my kids love them, too! They are quite dense and have a soft texture similar to overnight oats. Keep them chilled and use very ripe bananas for the best texture and flavor.
Do I need anything special to make Banana Oatmeal Bites?
You are going need one piece of special equipment for this recipe. A silicone egg bites mold is worth purchasing. I use mine for egg bites, Crockpot Express Cheesecake Bites, and even brownie bites! I got this egg bites mold on Amazon for $9 and I love it! It comes with a lid for storage, too.
Another handy tool is the OXO silicone trivet with handles. It’s not necessary, but it makes pulling things out of the pot after they are done SOOOO much easier!
Banana Oatmeal Bites
- 4 ripe bananas peeled
- 2 cups rolled oats old-fashioned oats
- 1 1/3 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips optional
- Place the trivet in the pot and add 1 cup of water. Spray 2 egg bite molds with nonstick cooking spray and set them aside.
- Combine the bananas, oats, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. Use a fork to mash the ingredients together, then fold in the chocolate chips (if using).
- Fill each of the cups in the egg bite molds with the banana-oat mixture and then cover the molds with foil. Place both egg bite molds in the pot, ensuring the cups aren't stacked directly on top of one another.
- Close and lock the lid, then turn the steam release valve to sealing (closed). Select Pressure Cook High (Manual or Steam for Crockpot Express) and set the cook time for 8 minutes. Press Start/Stop (again, for Crockpot Express models). When the cook time is complete, quick release the pressure and remove the lid. Use oven mitts to grasp the trivet handles and carefully remove the molds from the pot. Remove the foil and set the bites aside to cool for 10 minutes.
- Once the bites have cooled, place a plate upside down on top of each mold and carefully flip the plate and mold to remove the bites from the molds. (If they don't come out easily, tap or gently squeeze the bottom of each cup to help them release.)
- Place the bites in a large plastic bag or airtight container and refrigerate until ready to eat. (They are best enjoyed chilled.) Store in the fridge for up to 6 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
Don’t forget to order your copy of Meal Prep in an Instant on Amazon to see lots more great recipes like these Banana Oatmeal Bites!