Updated: Aug 8
Banana Berry Oat Squares!
This recipe is super easy to make and only requires 1 bowl and a 9 inch baking tin! The Banana Berry Oat Squares are a high protein snack that is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.
The prep time for this recipe is only 5 mins and the steps are foolproof. Just add all the ingredients to one large bowl, mix, pack it into a 9 inch baking tin, and bake.
Those who know me know that I love the colour purple, so these Banana Berry Oat Squares were a lot of fun to photograph. The colourful berries and the pop of contrast from the shredded coconut make the squares a treat to look at and eat.
For this recipe I added a protein powder to help get some extra protein in my day. When nutrition clients first start out with me it is very common that they are not eating enough protein, especially my female clients. Adding the protein powder to the squares is a really easy (and tasty) way to get closer to your daily protein target.
If you wish to keep the recipe vegan make sure to use a plant based protein powder, preferably one that is fermented. This will help prevent any bloating that some plant based protein powders may cause. I've tried out several types of plant based protein powders and have found that if it has gone through the fermentation process it doesn't cause bloating and also dissolves better in water or milk when making shakes. I recommend using the Genuine Health brand, I have been using it for years.
If you are ok with using a Whey protein I suggest using the brand Diesel. Diesel is derived from a whey protein isolate and the cows they use are grass fed and hormone/ antibiotic free. This was the brand I used for years before switching to a plant based powder.
This recipe works best with a vanilla flavoured protein powder. But if you dont mind a strong banana taste then a banana flavoured protein powder is an option. If you don't like the taste of protein powders you can use an unflavoured protein powder or skip the protein powder altogether and add 2 tbsp. of almond flour instead.
Check out the video below for video direction on how to make the bars!
I didn't add any sugar or natural sweeteners to this recipe because I found that all the fruit in the squares make it sweet enough. The protein powder also adds some flavour and sweetness to the squares. But if you prefer a sweeter square feel free to add 1 tbsp. of maple syrup or honey.
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The Banana Berry Oat squares are a great example of menu items found on Desire Fitness' custom diet programs. Message or email for information on how to have your own meal plan made for you.
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