wonders never cease

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.

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About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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2 Responses to wonders never cease

  1. mydearbakes says:

    Aww, this is a brilliant piece of work! =D

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