Banana Nut Butter Chewy Bar
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  • Alaina Hinkle

Banana Nut Butter Chewy Bar

Updated: Feb 5, 2019

UPDATED


After I posted these, I got the question if you were able to make these without the Insta pot and instead put in the oven. I also got the question if it had to be quick oats or could you use old fashioned rolled oats? So I got started experimenting and finding out for you all! LOTS of bars later the result is it can be done and ... they are all SO good. The texture though is the major difference and thickness. So I break it down below and then separated the recipes down below! Hope this helpful!!


All the ingredients stay the same but the oats & cooking method. See below for all the updates to directions!



QUICK OATS IN INSTA POT- Very moist, thick and more dense than the other 2


QUICK OATS IN OVEN- This is the middle of the 3 when it comes to chewiness. In the oven the sides are able to get a crisp to it. They are about the same thickness as in the insta pot, they may rise a TAD bit more


OLD FASHIONED ROLLED OATS IN OVEN- This one is still chewy, but it is the least chewy of the 3 and is a bit thinner. They hold together well and are a bit lighter tasting than the other 2


You may just have to try all three to find your favorite :)!



I am IN LOVE with my Insta pot. Really I don't think I have loved something this much in the kitchen since my Vitamix--- which I still love of course :)


On the blog I will of course still continue to have recipes that do not need an Insta pot, but when I did a poll, I was pleasantly surprised that A LOT of you all have one and are interested in recipes for it! So I am here to help guide you along as I am learning too.


These bars I was messing around with this past weekend and I LOVE them. They are perfect for after a work out or for a unrefined sugar & gluten free snack. ( The oats are gluten free if you look for a brand that are not cross contaminated) Ainsley ate 3 yesterday.... I felt bad telling her no considering it was the last day of break hahah AND they are a healthier option than most things!I had one after my run yesterday and packed them in our lunches today. I hope you all enjoy!




QUICK OAT RECIPE IN THE INSTA POT

Ingredients:


1 cup organic quick oats

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

1 ripe banana ( the riper the better for health aspect & sweetness!)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1./2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp melted coconut oil


Directions:


1. I like to mash my banana in the maple syrup first, than add the rest of the wet ingredients + cinnamon before I had the oats in. Then combine the oats. Place it in a non stick 7 inch round pan. I love the ones I got from Bayka accessories on Amazon-- see link below!


https://redirect.viglink.com?key=283774f695d39b3ad166c2de78043169&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB07G766T1H%2Fref%3Doh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00%3Fie%3DUTF8%26psc%3D1&opt=true


2. Even out the mixture with a spatula the best you can. Place the trivet the pot came with into the Insta pot and pour 1 cup water in it. Place the cake pan on top of the trivet and then cover with an oven/microwave safe plate to prevent condensation from getting to it.


3. Turn your valve to sealing and close the lid, hit pressure cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Once the time is up and you hear it beep, let it naturally release for 10 minutes. Once the screen says LO10, you can turn the valve to venting to release the rest of the pressure.


4. Wait until the float valve has dropped to open the lid. Then remove the lid off quickly so now more moisture drips down--- the plate is there to protect the top also. Use your gloves to take the pot out and let it stand for at least an hour before you cut into it.


5. Place in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze! I kept half in our fridge and half in the freezer for this week... however, we already finished half of them by today hahah sooooo I will be digging into the freezer stash as well!







QUICK OAT RECIPE IN THE OVEN

Ingredients:


1 cup organic quick oats

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

1 ripe banana ( the riper the better for health aspect & sweetness!)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1./2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp melted coconut oil


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. I like to mash my banana in the maple syrup first, than add the rest of the wet ingredients + cinnamon before I had the oats in. Then combine the oats. Place it in a non stick 7 inch round pan. I love the ones I got from Bayka accessories on Amazon-- see link below!


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G766T1H/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


2. Even out the mixture with a spatula the best you can. The same 7 inch pan you can use in the oven which is perfect!


3. Place in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Take out and let it completely cool before you cut


4. Place in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze! I kept half in our fridge and half in the freezer for this week... however, we already finished half of them by today hahah sooooo I will be digging into the freezer stash as well!


OLD FASHIONED ROLLED OATS RECIPE IN THE OVEN


Ingredients:


1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (pulsed in the blender, see picture below)

*** This helps them stick together so well, without the pulsing will cause them to be very gooey-- still yummy but in order to get more of a stable bar, pulse them to kind of like an oat powder

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup creamy almond butter

1 ripe banana ( the riper the better for health aspect & sweetness!)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1./2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp melted coconut oil


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1. I like to mash my banana in the maple syrup first, than add the rest of the wet ingredients + cinnamon before I had the oats in. Then combine the oats. Place it in a non stick 7 inch round pan. I love the ones I got from Bayka accessories on Amazon-- see link below!


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G766T1H/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


2. Pulse 1 cup of the oats in the blender till it looks like the consistency in the picture, in order to help them stick together better since we are not using the quick oats



3. Even out the mixture with a spatula the best you can. The same 7 inch pan you can use in the oven which is perfect!


4. Place in the oven at 350 degrees for 17 minutes. Cooks a couple minutes longer than the quick oats recipes. Take out and let it completely cool before you cut


5. Place in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze! I kept half in our fridge and half in the freezer for this week... however, we already finished half of them by today hahah sooooo I will be digging into the freezer stash as well!













Enjoy!! All these variations and make sure you follow me @honestfoodie_blog on Instagram! Also Honest Grub, Honest Foodie page on Facebook & let me know what you all are creating!!