Monday, October 24, 2011

Banana Oat Bars

I had a couple of bananas on the counter just begging to be baked this weekend.  I made banana muffins last week and we had no trouble polishing them off in a few days, but I wanted to try something a little different, and marginally healthier.  A little internet searching and I came across a couple of good ideas.  These snack bars are a great alternative to store-bought cereal bars, and you can even get away with eating one for a sweet breakfast.

Banana Oat Bars
1 1/3 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup white sugar (Mushy bananas are pretty sweet to start with, so I would try cutting this out next time)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 medium mashed bananas (about one cup)
1/4 cup milk
1 whole egg plus 1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray.
Whisk together oats, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda.
In another bowl, mix together bananas, milk, eggs and vanilla.
Stir wet ingredients into dry.
Pour into baking dish and bake for about 35 minutes until set and lightly browned on the edges.

I bet these would be great with the addition of 1/2 cup dried fruit or chocolate chips, just reduce the sugar.

Store in the refrigerator.  


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