Baked goods, what’s up!
At the beginning of this Zero Waste journey, I took a step back and tried to picture everything that made up my trash. It was filled with the wrappers from my fiancé’s meat products, chips and candy bags and a variety of granola bar wrappers. Healthy eh?! Needing an alternative to these pure delicacies in the world of Dawn. I sought out to find them all made in bulk. Meat for the fella, check. Candy and chips, check. Granola bars, yeah right. No such luck here, so I instead turned to the home made versions and looked for the easiest and fastest recipe I could find. Let’s be real here, who has an entire day to bake, I’ve got stuff to do! It didn’t take long to find a healthy recipe that was filling, full of amazing nutrients and DELISH (shout out to Minimalist Baker here, they really know their stuff)! It’s from here where my zero waste granola bites truly evolved and became unique.
While I loved those granola bars and found them to be perfect for my lifestyle, they were missing a little somethin’ somethin’. Oh, I also am possibly the worst at following recipes. Not that it’s complicated, but I have an issue with food waste and storing super small quantities when I don’t have to. If I have a table spoon of extra sunflower seeds left in my jar, you bet I’m putting those into the batch too. I’m not keeping them in my pantry until the next time. I’d much rather just toss it in and enjoy it all now.
For the sake of this entry, I’m going to give my best approximation, avoiding using the terms “1 large jar and half of a teeny jar”. Enjoy!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
4 ripe bananas
3 cups Large Flaked Oats
½ cup Hemp Seeds
¾ cup Chopped Pecans
¾ Chopped Walnuts
½ cup Sliced Almonds
½ cup Pumpkin seeds
¾ cup Roasted sunflower seeds
½ cup Cranberries
½ cup Raisins
4 tablespoons Maple syrup
1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
1.5 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Sea salt
*1 tablespoon of an oil of your choosing to grease the pan. I use coconut oil.*
Slice the bananas and add them to the mixer. Let it run for about a minute to really mush them up. To this you’re literally going to add everything! And I mean EVERYTHING! There’s nothing special here, no technique, no grace. Just dump it all in the mixer and let it do its thing.
Now remember, it’s not a big deal if there’s a little more or a little less of each ingredient. The texture you’re aiming for is one that comes together well but isn’t incredibly sticky. If your batch is too wet, add more large oats. If it happens to be too dry, add more sliced bananas.
I use a mini muffin tin to help keep my bites together, but this is not needed. Grease your tin or tray with a little bit of oil. Roll you granola mixture into bite size pieces. It’s nothing fancy, just plop them down. I find a little less ‘perfection’ adds more texture. The loose edges will get the teeniest bit crunchy and it’s a heck of a good time!
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes. Cooking time may vary, you’re looking for lightly browned bites. Once they’re finished, let them cool. Then dig in! You’re going to love them! Delicious, simple, fast, and easy to eat on the go. A side bonus to these being super awesome, and they’re Vegan!
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