Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Breakfast: Banana-Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

 
Healthy breakfast bars? Yes, please! These are super yummy. We always seem to have bananas that are turning brown, so I'm constantly looking up new recipes that include ripened bananas so they won't go to waste. These are soft and chewy in the middle, and kind of crisp on the outside. If you like them firmer, just stick them in the fridge overnight and they will harden up. If you like them soft, eat 10 minutes after they come out of the oven...if you can wait that long! 


Breakfast Bars Recipe
Serves: 2 dozen Prep: 20 minutes Cooking Time:  25 minutes

1 1/2 (7.5oz/210g) cups unbleached white flour (I've done half whole wheat, half white which turned out good as well)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
3/4 (180 ml) cup agave syrup, honey or maple syrup (or 1 cup of brown sugar)
1 egg
3 medium bananas, mashed
1 tsp vinilla
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, raisins, or dried cranberries (optional)
1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425*F. Spray cooking spray and sprinkle flour into a 13x9 metal baking pan. Sift together first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Beat together butter, syrup or sugar and eggs in a large bowl. Add bananas and vanilla and beat until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture and oats until well combined. Stir in nuts, etc. 
3. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. 

3 comments:

Marie said...

Hey Kristina,

I'd like to try out this recipe. I had to buy a big can of regular Quaker oats for another recipe. Are those fine for this recipe, too? Also, is unbleached white flour the same as regular white flour? Thanks for your help.

The Rhodes Family said...

Hi Marie!
Yes, you can do it with regular oats as well. They will just have a little bit of a different texture. Yup, I use unbleached white flour in my recipes instead of All-purpose or regular white. Let me know how they turn out!

Anonymous said...

Kristina,

I have made this recipe for the past 4 weeks and my family loves it! I used only wheat flour (I've tried both whole wheat and wheat pastry), the non-quick oats (which I put in an extra 1/2 cup of), and my optional items have been crushed walnuts and craisins - YUMMY! Oh, and in my glass baking dish, they only take 20 minutes to cook. Thanks for the nutritious recipe! ...now if there was only a way to add more protein to them... :) Thanks again!

Sarah Outman

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