Monday, July 29, 2013

Healthy Banana Oat Bars

I had three ripe bananas and was out of nutella, so instead of making my go to banana muffins, I looked to my pins for a new way to use them.  Now these aren't a cookie or granola bar that you'd rave about, they taste like a healthy food, but they were ok.  My boys liked them and were excited about them, so they are making it to my blog...

John's Rating: 5 "I'd eat them if you made them again, but could live the rest of my life without eating them again"

Recipe from: The Farm Girl Recipes

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal, like Rice Krispies
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup plain yogurt ( I used greek yogurt)
1/4 cup peanut butter or nutella (I used peanut butter this time)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment or foil, leaving a slight overhang on each of the long edges. Lightly coat the pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, rice cereal, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon, stirring well to combine. In a second large bowl, whisk the banana, honey, yogurt, nut butter, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and well incorporated.

3.  Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ones and stir until they come together, being careful to not overmix. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer to the prepared pan and flatten down lightly with a spatula or your clean hands. Bake for 20 minutes for soft bars (I baked mine 20 minutes)  If you want them firm and golden, continue baking until they are starting to brown on the top, more like 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the bars cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting into squares.  Enjoy!

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