March 22, 2013

Cranberry Coconut Oatmeal Bites

It's that scary time between lunch and dinner.....

...That time of day when you need something, anything, to hold you over until dinner time...

...The cravings start, and you could end up ruining your whole day of good eating by snacking your way through this tempting, seemingly never-ending time of day...

...And if you snack on one more piece of fruit or see one more carrot or celery stick, you just might go postal....

...You need something quick, easy, satisfying but still healthy, and you need it now.  The solution?



I based this recipe on the Banana Chocolate Chip Bites I made last spring, in another attempt to satisfy my afternoon snack attacks.  However, I wanted something that was easier, with less ingredients.  I saw an idea on Pinterest, and married the two ideas to create Cranberry Coconut Oatmeal bites.

These little bite-sized cookies are ridiculously easy to make, using ingredients you most likely have on hand.  Throw the ingredients together, place them on a baking sheet, and bake for just 15 minutes.  You could get a few things done while they bake; but if you're like me, your eyes will eagerly go back and forth between watching the oven, and watching the timer count down, like a starving, famished lunatic...



These are also ideal for a quick, healthy snack to feed the kids after school when the inevitable, "I'm hungry," or "There's nothing to eat!" mantras start.  These yummy little bites are the perfect things to shut them up make them happy.

So here's your solution for those afternoon cravings.  Crisis averted. 

TGIF :)

Love & Kale,
Ali


Cranberry Coconut Oatmeal Bites

Yield: 2 dozen small bites

Print here.

Ingredients:
  • 3 medium bananas (or 2 large - the riper the better)
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup Craisins (or raisins)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line a large baking sheet with foil, sprayed with cooking spray (these little things stick!).
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until smooth.  Add all of the remaining ingredients, and mix until everything is evenly distributed.
  3. Place mixture by the tablespoon onto baking sheet.  Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges.  Allow them to cool (or don't and burn your mouth like I did - it was worth it).  ENJOY :)
Ingredients - that's it

Mash your bananas

Mix everything together

Bake until golden brown on the edges

Aren't I cute?


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