While April 23 is National Picnic Day, you don’t need a reason to whip up these snack bites any time you have a ripe banana on hand. Unlike my other energy bite recipes, you don’t need a food processor, just a good old mixing bowl and rubber spatula or wooden spoon. They’re perfect for kids and adults, before a workout or as an afternoon work snack, and as a side with or to finish off a picnic meal!
Few things make me feel more at peace than dining outside. Enjoying nourishing meals and snacks out in nature where our food comes from just feels right! I have breakfast out on the patio or at least our sun porch any chance I get and while I love grilling with Tim, think it’s even better when we pack up a picnic to enjoy after a hike in Tyler State Park close to our house.
The great thing about picnicking is you can do it anywhere! It doesn’t have to be a state park after a hike. Why not a small park in your neighborhood or even your backyard? For the perfect picnic anywhere, check out my article on the Today’s Dietitian RD Lounge. Want more recipes to pack on your next picnic? Click the link at the bottom of this post for other Recipe Redux picnic hits!
Nut butter: Feel free to sub peanut butter for natural cashew butter or sunflower seed butter.
PB powder: I tried this with hemp protein powder as well and it turned out great. Feel free to use other protein powders and let me know how it goes.
Add ins: Some of the Bites pictured had cacao nibs mixed in, and you could also add mini chocolate chips or raisins. I also rolled a few in unsweetened coconut flakes!
Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bites
Vegan, Gluten Free
Makes 20-32 Bites
- 1 small-medium overripe banana
- 1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1/4 Cup honey
- 1 1/2 Cups quick cook oats
- 1/2 cup course ground flax
- 3-4 Tablespoons peanut butter powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Mash the banana in a medium mixing bowl before stirring in the peanut butter and honey until well blended.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, starting with just 3 Tbsp of the peanut butter powder.
- Roll 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture into a balls. If mixture seems too wet to form into solid balls, add the other tablespoon of peanut butter powder. If for some reason it still is too wet to form, add one tablespoon of oats until you reach the right consistency.