Sunday, August 12, 2007

Banana Oat Bundles

Have you had your bundle today?....


If you own Vive, have you tried the Banana Oat Bundles yet? Unless you really dislike bananas... what's up... why haven't you made them?!

These are like a little muffin, full of banana/oat-y goodness, and are just the simplest thing to make. (and leave your kitchen smelling sa-weet!)

You can also pass them off as "cookies" to your kids, especially if you throw a handful of chocolate chips in the batter. They aren't as flat as most cookies, and certainly have the texture of an oat-y muffin, but they are small enough to fit in those little munchkin hands and be a cookie!

Other bonus: you can whip this recipe together in about 10 minutes, and then into the oven they go. I puree the ripe bananas in a mini-food processor to make a very smooth puree which stirs very well into the dry mixture, and prevents any larger bits of bananas in the batter (if you aren't fond of that). Also, as you might guess, these are wheat-free.

I need to make these again soon. This time with some choco chips. Maybe a few pecans too. Go on, bundle up!

What? You don't have Vive but really want to try them. Okay, okay... here they are. No more excuses now, okay? Go bake.

16 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

oooh, these look fabulous, Dreena!! thank you so much for posting the recipe on your recipe blog :0)

Mom2Wilmo said...

We love banana oat bundles! My daughter (then 2) and I made them together several times for snack at her preschool. She wouldn't let anyone call them cookies-they were "banana oat bundles." All the little 2 year olds ate them up.
They are perfect snack size for hungry toddlers.
BTW, my husband who is a steak and potatoes man wanted me to tell you he loves the "Al's Mushroom Risottoe" from TEV.

Arine said...

I don't like bananas, but I looove your banana oat bundles. They're so good!

Michelle.D said...

I make these all the time! I use McCann's Irish Oats, which are good for those of us who can't have gluten, and sometimes I substitute rice flour for some of the oats, which makes them a little more cookie-like. They are great for toddlers, and all my friends with kids are asking for the recipe. Of course, I tell them they should buy Vive!

urban vegan said...

I haven't tried these yet. Why? I have a freezer full of frozen riper 'nanners and a husband who is a banana freak. And I'm down with the 10-minute part. Thanks for the reminder, Dreena. "Vive" is a moveable feast.

bazu said...

Dreena, this post is perfect! I have a bunch of overripe bananas, and was getting tired of making tons of banana bread, so this answers the question of what I'm going to make with my last 2 bananas! Yum.

veganmomma said...

These look great, and I do have the book so I don't know what I am waiting for. Anyone tried them with coconut oil? I think I'll make a batch in the morning...

Dr. Melissa West, Lifestyle Coach said...

These are yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

3veggies said...

I have made these and they we Wonderful to eat but they flattened like pancakes for me. I must have done something wrong. Any ideas? It could have been I had two children hanging on my legs and the phone wouldn't stop ringing that day haha I will try and make them again soon:)

maybepigscanfly said...

I made these once and I added blueberries! They were fantastic.

Carrie™ said...

I have made these! I'm not a banana fan, but do like banana bread/cake, etc. These had too much real banana flavour for me. You're right in that they are a snap to make. I thought I might try them again with applesauce. Would that work?

Dreena said...

Thanks for the notes everyone!

mom2wilmo, that is a cute story... they can have such a determined nature at such a young age, huh?! Wow, a meat-'n-potatoes guys loving the risotto... YES! I have to make that again sometime - it's been years since I've whipped that up!!

Ok, Arine, that's a new one for me to hear! Well, glad you like them all the same. :)

Veganmomma, I haven't tried them with coconut oil, but I think they'd be okay with the combo of coconut/banana flavors. Just melt the oil first in a small dish in the toaster oven or otherwise, so you can easily mix it through.

3veggies, ha ha, yes, might be distraction due to hanging kids (have had that one myself)... but did you measure the pureed bananas, or simply use say 2 large bananas and then puree them? If the bananas were simply pureed and not measured you may have gotten more than the 1 cup measure and that could have made the mix too thin. Also, the oats will absorb the liquid as it sits, so next time, mix it through and let it sit just a couple of minutes before spooning - you'll see it's thicker to scoop on to the cookie sheet. Good luck. :)

Hey Carrie, well I can understand you not being fussy on these if you don't care much for bananas, because they do certainly have a strong banana flavor. I haven't tried applesauce - I think it could work. I might first try 1/2 cup banana and 1/2 cup applesauce. That way the banana texture is still partly there, and some of the flavor, but not so heavily. Still the 1 cup of applesauce might work okay too, may have a little less dense texture, that's all. Good luck if you give it a go!

Vegan_Noodle said...

You convinced me!! I've been eyeing this recipe in your book for awhile now. And what do you know, I have two really ripe bananas just waiting at home to be shaped into yummy cookies!

The Veggie Vixen said...

I love these.
By the way, I made your Blueberry Bounty Buns and they were delish. I substituted the blueberries with peaches. Yummo!
Your post on Coke with Vitmains was eloquently written.

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

Oh yes - these were staples for me last school year! I love all things banana. However, I also cannot bear to leave recipes untried, so I have made all of your muffins and quick breads (well, just about all!) in Vive, and am now moving on to Everyday Vegan (my newest cookbook - a long time in coming!). I love the low fat, low-processed sugar way that you make things!

s.j.simon said...

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