This is a recipe I created for myself – I wanted something quick, easy and healthy that I could take to work with me for breakfast; my sister-in-law requested I put the recipe up on the blog. I also use these as “fuel” for just before working out. They would also travel great for a quick snack or breakfast.
4 mashed bananas
1 can pumpkin (or equivalent of baked fresh – not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 to 1/2 cup molasses (more is a stronger flavor, less give a light flavor – I prefer more)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup non dairy milk (I have used coconut, almond and cashew and a mix of whatever I have on hand)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or equivalent of whatever spices you choose)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey*
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 cup chopped nuts and or seeds
1 cup dried fruit
approximately 3 small sweet apples (such as fuji), peeled, seeded and chopped fine (or shredded)
In a blender, combine banana, pumpkin, molasses and applesauce & blend well until well mixed; add in milk, honey and extracts & blend again; add baking soda, salt and spices. Combine flours, flax meal and oats & pour moist mixture into flour mixture & mix well. Once well mixed, add in dried fruit and nuts/seeds & combine.
Bake at 350* for about 30 minutes; cool on wire rack until cooled; these freeze well!
for another option, shred 2 carrots and add to moist mixture after it is all blended; fold in by hand.
these are flexible – it is an open canvas…you can change-up the nuts, seeds, dried fruit and any fresh fruit for what is listed above – the options are almost endless. I change it up every time I make it. Have fun & comment to let me know what you would put in yours (or what you did if you make this recipe)
*for vegan option, substitute any sweetener of your choice.