1 ripe medium banana
4 heaped tbsp crunchy peanut butter
2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
1 tbsp agave syrup or honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
125 g porridge oats
90 g milk chocolate raisins
With an avocado and banana base, these chocolate raisin bars are designed to be easy to make, cost efficient and don't require refrigeration. Athletes often require (or crave) high carbohydrate snacks for pre/post-exercise or between meals in preparation for training session or competition. These make the ideal alternative to high sugar cookies and snacks
At a cost of 28p per serving, these bars make a great natural alternative to shop bought energy bars that often contain added sugar or maltodextrin. They will last around 1-2 weeks when individually wrapped. Try adding flax or chia seeds for extra health benefits. Balance the texture by adding extra honey.
See the step by step guide and pictures below. Makes 12 bars.
Preheat the oven (fan) to 180 °C. In a large mixing bowl, mash 1 ripe medium banana with 1/2 medium avocado.
Add 4 tbsp of crunchy peanut butter to the mixture, along with 2 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of agave syrup (or honey) and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Mix in 125 g on porridge oats and 70 g of milk chocolate raisins (save 20 g of milk chocolate raisins for the end). Mix well
Add the mixture to a greased tin and press down. Press the remaining chocolate raisins into the top of the mixture, make sure you do this or they will burn!
Bake for 10 minutes and leave to cool. Cut into 12 squares and enjoy!