Posted by: thedirtybaker | February 11, 2014

Oatmeal Banana WITH Bars

These can be made with Whatever’s In The House as extra add-ins.  I’ve used fresh blueberries, dried cranberries, raisins, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips…. This is a pretty flexible recipe.  It’s also gluten free, but without using weird substitutions.  It’s not healthy, though – don’t worry about that.  I’m told that they are fabulous for endurance exercise.  They are definitely a delicious use of over-ripe bananas.

Banana Oatmeal Bars
From 365 Great Cookies and Brownies

Ingredients: 
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
½ c. brown sugar
1 c. mashed ripe bananas (about 2 med.) (My suggestion – use a little more banana)
1 egg
¼ tsp salt
2 c. quick cooking or rolled oats (Quick cooking oats will blend in, and be more like cake.  Rolled oats are more granola-like, which I prefer)
¼ c. dark raisins
¼ c. golden raisins
½ c. toasted, slivered almonds
Whatever add-ins you have in the house.
Sugar and cinnamon, mixed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease 9-inch square pan.  Beat butter and brown sugar until creamy.  Add mashed bananas, egg, and salt, and beat until well-blended.  Stir in oatmeal, raisins, and almonds (and/ or chocolate chips, berries, wanuts, etc.).  Spread batter evenly in prepared pan and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture.  Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester in the center comes out clean.  Let cool on rack completely before cutting into 12 bars.
Doubles well.

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