i made something with banana, that is kind of healthy (compared to most of the things i bake)…and the fella actually likes it. he actually came out into the kitchen when it was done so he could try it (normally i have to beg him to try things with banana in the hopes that i can win him over), and said i should make it all the time! incredible!
this is yet another pinterest recipe (surprise, surprise) with some modifications. here’s the original oatmeal breakfast bars recipe, and below is my version.
oatmeal breakfast bars (modified from cooking during stolen moments)
- 4 cups oats (i used the quick ones)
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 4 eggs
- 2-3 medium bananas, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups craisins
dump everything into a bowl and smoosh it all together with your hands until it’s mixed up. press into a greased baking dish (original recipe says 13 x 9 but as you can see from the picture, you can go bigger) and bake at 350 degrees for 25-28 minutes (original recipe says 20-25, but adding the banana means it will take a little longer). let them cool, slice ’em up, and enjoy!
my baking dish was larger than necessary, but i didn’t worry too much about getting a perfectly straight edge – i just cut off the excess to make it straight and that provided us with our test pieces. 🙂
i omitted the white sugar from the original recipe, because i figured the bananas and the craisins would sweeten it quite a bit (i was correct). the original recipe calls for 3/4 to 1 cup of oil – i used 3/4 because the bananas would make it a little “wetter” than the original.
they turned out fabulous! they are perhaps a touch on the dry side, but i believe that is because i baked them for too long (i did 30 minutes and have adjusted the recipe accordingly). they looked like they were still fairly wet but once i took them out and pressed them, i realized they were pretty firm and not as wet as they looked. i think the oil just gives them a bit of a glisten.