Banana Oat Balls
Bananas and oats are both rich sources of the amino acid Tryptophan which is the sole precursor of Serotonin, our ‘happy’ hormone. Research shows that the synthesis of Serotonin is an important factor involved in mood, behaviour and cognition, so its important to get enough Tryptophan in the diet.
Another hormone produced in the Tryptophan/ Serotonin pathway is Melatonin which regulates our diurnal rhythms and influences reproductive and immune systems, as well as digestive processes and gastrointestinal motility.
So these banana and oat balls are not only a snack full of happy ingredients, but a dreamy night time treat to help you snooze into a blissful sleep! This recipe makes approx. 12 balls.
- 2 Cups Steel Cut oats
- 3 large ripe bananas – mashed
- 1/2 cup almond flour or desiccated coconut
- 60g 85% dark chocolate – chopped
- 60g dried apricots – chopped
- 1/2tsp baking powder
- 1tsp cinammon
- Mash the bananas in a bowl until smooth, or only a few small lumps appear
- Add in the oats, almond flour/ coconut, baking powder and cinnamon, and mix well
- Chop the apricots and chocolate into small pieces and add to the bowl, mixing well
- Cover a baking tray with grease-proof paper and roll the mixture into small balls on the tray
- Cook in the oven for 15minutes at 180deg or until slightly brown
- Eat as a pre-bed snack
- Include different nuts and seeds such as pumpkin for extra zinc, or walnuts for increased Omega 3 EFAs
- Eat warm or cold, try eating with some nut butter