Healthy Indian-Inspired Banana Pistachio Protein Bites
Healthy Indian-Inspired Banana-Pistachio Cake Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Servings: 20
Calories: 65 kcal
Author: Liza
Ingredients
  • 4 overripe bananas pureed
  • 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/3 cup ground pistachios* + 1/4 cup extra for rolling optional: adds flavor and makes the bites look pretty, but also adds the extra calories
  • 2 tbsp . brown sugar*
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp . vanilla extract
  • pinches a pinch of cinnamon or if you'd like to make the bites "truly" Indian you can also add the of both cardamom and nutmeg powders
Instructions
  1. Over the medium heat add the oil to a big skillet. Add 1/3 cup of ground nuts and roast them for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the flour and stir. Continue stirring as the flour roasts, for about 5-7 minutes. Once its all hot and fragrant turn the heat down to low.
  2. Add the banana puree, vanilla, sugar and any spices that you'd like to add. Stir the mixture up thoroughly and keep stirring for a few minutes until the bananas begin to heat up and "melt" from the heat. Let the mixture cook for a few more minutes until it starts to boil.
  3. If you'd like taste a little bit of the mixture to see if it's sweet enough for you, and add more sugar if you decide to. If you do add more sugar, let the mixture cook a little bit longer to make sure that the sugar is incorporated and melts in.
  4. Take the mixture off the heat and let it cool, first in the room temperature, and then in a refrigerator (cooling the mixture down makes it easier to roll it into the balls).
  5. Spread the mixture on a cutting board, cut it into 20 pieces and roll each piece into a round bite.
  6. Roll your cake bites in the extra ground pistachios if you'd like. (That's what I did for breakfast today!)
  7. Enjoy every healthy bite!
Recipe Notes

*The Pistachios don't have to be finely ground - I actually leaving some of them coarse so that they add that beautiful green color and you can actually taste them when you bite the treats.
*The two tbsp. of sugar made the treats sweet enough for me since the overripe bananas are already very sweet. But you can add some more sugar if you like it REALLY sweet. You should taste the dough then as it's hot, add the sugar and let it cook a little so it melts in.