Power Patties – Like Breakfast Balls on Steroids

Fuel up with tasty, nutrition-packed little power patties for extra power and energy!

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Part cookie, part energy bar, part meal-replacement deal, total delicious snack – these Power Patties pack a hefty punch of nutrition in each compact little disk.

I’m tired of buying expensive boxes of chalky energy bars or over-sweetened granola bars in the hopes of finding that perfect combination of energy booster and convenient snack – something I can feel good about throwing in a lunch box or packing for on-the-go travel nibbles.

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Breakfast Balls are still one of my favourite treats to toss in my bag when I don’t have time for a proper morning meal as I rush out the door to a hectic day at work. Their sturdiness makes them ideal for hanging around in my purse for a week, or being shoved into a book bag or backpack.

One day I felt like playing around with the recipe. I used less oats and added some nut butter for more protein, a few hemp hearts and chia seeds for their magical properties, a hint of spice. These cookie-like patties are really just a dressed-up version of my popular Breakfast Balls – a bit softer and filled with more good stuff. They can be changed up in all sorts of ways to make them nut-free, or refined-sugar free, too.

These little snacks are real food.

The main sweetness comes from the bananas, so make sure they are very ripe, well past the stage of appetizing-to-eat-fresh (unless you are my husband, who eats them when they are so brown his coworkers gag to watch him!) I generally have to hide a bunch of bananas in the basement to ripen, so the monkeys in my household don’t eat them all before I can bake with them.

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Kitchen Frau Notes: to make the Power Patties nut-free, use sunflower seed butter or melted coconut oil instead of peanut butter, and use an extra ½ cup shredded coconut instead of chopped nuts. To make them refined-sugar-free, use raisins, currants, or cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips (cacao nibs being the least sweet option) and use natural peanut butter that has no added sugar.

Instead of mini chocolate chips you can finely chop a bar of dark chocolate.

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Power Patties

(gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, nut-free option, refined-sugar-free-option)

  • 4 large, super-ripe bananas (more brown than yellow)
  • 2 cups (200gms) old-fashioned, large-flake rolled oats (gluten-free, if necessary)
  • ½ cup (60gms) peanut butter or other nut/seed butter
  • ½ cup (45 gms) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup (65gms) raw hemp hearts
  • ½ cup (60gms) chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup (90gms) mini chocolate chips, or dried currants, chopped raisins or cacao nibs (65gms)
  • ¼ cup (40gms) chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Peel and mash bananas well with a potato masher.

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Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until combined.

dough for power patties

You can roll the patties right away, but the dough is a little less sticky if you let it rest for 30 minutes to an hour to let the oats and seeds soak up some of the moisture.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease them with coconut oil.

Take 2 tablespoon portions of the dough, and roll it into balls. A cookie scoop makes the job easy. Squeezing and gently tossing the ball from one had to the other several times helps form it into a neater ball. Place one inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.

Flatten the balls slightly with your fingertips to make 2 inch/5cm patties.

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Bake for 12 -14 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottoms. Remove to a rack to cool.

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These patties freeze well. I like to pack them, 2 or 3 to a plastic baggie, then freeze them so I can pop them into lunches or grab a baggie of patties and dash out the door. By the time I need a snack they are defrosted and ready to devour.

Makes 36 patties.

Guten Appetit!

You might also like:

Breakfast Balls

Healthy One-Cup Cookies

Homemade Granola Bars with all Kinds of Variations

Healthy Fudge with a Wicked Alias

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8 Responses to Power Patties – Like Breakfast Balls on Steroids

  1. Dale Abendroth says:

    These look yummy Margaret. Look forward to giving this recipe a try.

    • Margaret says:

      Thanks, Dale. They are so handy to have in the freezer for those rushed days. I hope you are enjoying your beautiful weather (I’m guessing it is at least as lovely as that in Vancouver right now – cherry trees blooming!) while we are having STILL more snow today!

  2. Elsa says:

    Looks great Margaret. I played around with your Breakfast Balls which I love too and made
    a small bar for our lunches. I have to try your recipe with nutmeg and clove, sounds great.

    • Margaret says:

      Thanks, Elsa. The bars made from the Breakfast Balls sounds like a great idea – and much quicker than rolling the balls. I’ll have to try that too. I love how everybody thinks of ways to change things and they just get better and better – thanks for sharing!

  3. bonnie says:

    Wanna make these patties, but am wondering what is considered a “large” banana? Better yet, what is the equivalent measure of “4 large bananas”?


    • Margaret says:

      That’s a great question. One large banana is about 100 grams without the peel, or between a third and a half cup when mashed. 4 large bananas would probably be about 1 and 3/4 cups mashed. Thanks for asking (I should have been more specific), but this recipe is pretty forgiving, so as long as your bananas aren’t really tiny, it should turn out fine. Happy baking!

  4. bonnie says:

    My diabetic gut feeling is that the carb count is probably pretty high for these awesome patties! Is there a nutritional analysis somewhere that I’ve missed?

    tx again,

    • Margaret says:

      Hi bonnie, So sorry I can’t help you. I don’t usually do a nutritional analysis on my recipes, but I know there are some good free programs online that you can use. I used to have one that worked well – you just typed in the ingredients and it spewed out the analysis – but unfortunately I can’t find the link to it now. (Lost it somewhere in cyberspace – aack!) If you try an online search for a nutritional analysis calculator, maybe you can find a program that works for you. Sorry I can’t offer you any more help than that 🙁

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