Simple ingredients make the best snacks
I love simple and tasty snacks like these blueberry oat cakes. With just 4 ingredients, and hardly any prep time, it's one of those things I can make while I'm literally doing other things in the kitchen.
I also tend to have all the ingredients in my kitchen at pretty much any time. So I can chuck the ingredients into a food processor and mix them up, then chuck it all in the oven and get on with whatever else I need to do.
Then for the next few days, I have snacks sorted for both me and my son. I'll even double the batch and freeze some for later. With lots of simple, easy-to-prep recipes like this, it means I'm never stuck without a nutritious snack ready to go. Perfect to keep the energy up when you need it most!
Blueberry Oat Cakes Nutritional Stuff
Bananas provide complex carbohydrates, potassium, and vitamin B6.
Oats are a must-have in healthy baking recipes so no wonder we reached for them again. They are full of fiber, complex carbohydrates and minerals such as copper and manganese.
Hazelnut butter adds to the protein and fat content as well as topping up the calories that our kids really need during their rapid growth and development.
Blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants and are high in vitamins like vitamin C and K.
Blueberry Oat Cakes Preparation Tips
Making your own hazelnut butter is as easy as putting 1 cup of roasted hazelnuts in a food processor for about 7-8 minutes until a butter is formed. Hazelnuts are best roasted for about 20 minutes on 180°C / 350°F, after which you can rub the skins off before turning them into butter (the skins are a little bitter). (Added bonus – use them to make homemade nutella.)
You can also make your own oat flour by putting rolled oats in a food processor and pulsing until they are finely ground. This takes no more than about 60 seconds.
There are some easy substitutions in this recipe if you want to experiment. Blueberries can be swapped for other fruits like raspberries or blackberries or even left out altogether if you prefer. Meanwhile, the hazelnut butter can be replaced by any other nut butter of your choice – peanut butter works great in this recipe.
If you fancy making them a little chocolatey, you can also add some cocoa to the mix. We decided to just sprinkle it on the top after the cakes came out of the oven.
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Blueberry Oat Cakes
- 3 medium bananas
- 2 cups oat flour
- ½ cup hazelnut butter
- ½ cup blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F
- Mash the bananas and combine with the oats and hazelnut butter and mix either by hand or in a food processor until smooth
- Stir in the blueberries
- Pour into a baking tray (greased with a little coconut oil)
- Bake for ~10 mins
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