A delicious recipe for cherry oat bars made using bananas. Easy to make, free from refined sugar and suitable for vegans. A great recipe for kids.
This is such a very simple recipe to put together. The kids really enjoyed these cherry oat bites as an after-school snack.
They would also be great in a lunch box or even for breakfast. In fact the oats make them perfect fare to start the day with.
I've always loved cherry cake
I love cherry cake and even the thought of one brings back memories of a buttery cake from a packet, stuffed full of bright red glacé cherries, which I often ate as a child.
Now that I'm vegan this cake isn't suitable for me any more. Equally, now that I'm a mother I try to limit the amount of sugar that my children consume.
I don't want to deny them cake though and it can in fact be a good dessert or snack for them to eat if it's packed with nutritious ingredients.
How are these cake bites healthy?
These vegan cherry cake bites are made with raisins, banana, oats and wholemeal flour. They're sweetened by the fruit and by maple syrup.
Of course they don't taste as sweet as a cake made with refined sugar. However, the raisins, bananas and maple syrup do a great job of sweetening them.
I've made this recipe with wholemeal flour to increase the nutritional value.You could substitute plain white flour, or half and half if you prefer.
How to make vegan cherry cake bites
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Vegan cherry oat bars
- 200 g wholemeal flour
- 50 g oatmeal or ground oats
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 100 ml water
- 100 ml maple syrup
- 100 ml sunflower oil
- 175 g raisins blended to a paste
- 2 ripe bananas mashed
- 100 g frozen cherries
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C(fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease and base line a 20cm square cake tin.
- Place the flour, oatmeal, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- In a small saucepan gently heat the water, syrup and oil, stirring constantly, until a few bubbles start to appear on the surface. Remove from the heat and set aside while you mix the raisins and bananas together.
- Pour the syrup mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix well, then fold in the raisin and banana mixture. Finally stir through the cherries.
- Pour into the prepared cake tin and level the surface. Bake for 30-40 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then carefully remove and cool completely on a wire rack.