Cinnamon Pecan Banana Bites

Cinnamon Pecan Banana Bites

This wholesome dessert is very simple to prepare and even easier to eat. Plain granola and pecans add crunch, and bananas and almond butter add flavour.

1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
1/3 cup (80 mL) plain granola
2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped pecans
3/4 cup (180 mL) apricot purée
1/4 cup (60 mL) almond butter
1 banana, peeled and mashed

Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).

Mix flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and granola in large bowl. Mix in pecans, puréed
 almond butter, and banana.

Press into oiled 8 x 8 x 2 in (2 L) pan and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool, cut into squares, and serve.

Serves 16.

Each portion contains: 66 calories; 2 g protein; 2 g total fat (0 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 11 g carbohydrates; 2 g fibre; 113 mg sodium; 4 g sugars

TIP: To make about 1 cup of apricot purée simply place 1 cup of dried apricots in a small pot and cover with water.

Let pot boil over high heat, then simmer until fruit is tender and most water has been absorbed.

Purée until smooth using a handheld blender.

source: “Diabetes-Friendly Desserts“, alive #337, November 2010

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