Healthy Spiced Banana Bread Oatmeal Bars

Healthy Spiced Banana Bread Oatmeal Bars | cookiemonstercooking.com

Let’s discuss the fact that I hate bananas. And yet here I am shoving a banana recipe in your face.

I actually gagged when I was mashing up the bananas for these bars. There’s something about the texture that weirds me out. Yet, I know they are good for me, so I keep trying to like them. I give myself a pep talk and then will buy some to eat as a snack … and then cover it in peanut butter in an effort to not notice the banana. Yeah, no dice.

Inevitably, I wind up with a bunch of bananas sitting on my counter that turn brown. Clearly I have no choice but to bake them into something. Because I cannot let them go to waste.

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And here’s the thing … and why we are talking about banana bread oatmeal bars today.

Despite the fact that I hate bananas on their own, I seem to be able to get behind banana bread or muffins, etc. etc. So I figure maybe if I eat enough of these bars I can trick myself into liking plain bananas??? We’ll see. I don’t have super high hopes for this theory.

So, for now, I’ll settle for just enjoying these bad boys. They have quickly become my new favorite snack for either before or after a workout. There’s no oil. There’s no butter. There’s no refined sugar. Just banana! And some honey and maple syrup. Plus, they are packed with oats and white whole wheat flour. And lots of warm spices!

And they are soft and chewy. A necessary requirement for most of my baked goodies. And I love em, love em.

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You can eat them plain and on their own….

Or if you are feeling fancy, go ahead and smear some creamy peanut butter on top. Ummm yeah. Takes them to a whole different level.

Let’s look a littleeee bit closer.

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Ugh – big. time. swoon.

Yield: 16 (2x2 inch) bars

Healthy Spiced Banana Bread Oatmeal Bars

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

Total Time:30 minutes

Recipe for soft and chewy banana bread oatmeal bars. With no oil, butter or refined sugar! Made with banana, warm spices, honey and lots of oats!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups old-fashioned rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium or 3 smaller ripe bananas)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8 inch square baking dish with parchment paper and then spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 1 ¼ cups oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, baking powder and salt. In another medium bowl, mix together the egg, banana, honey, maple syrup and vanilla. Add to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not overmix). The batter should be thick. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and spread in the pan. Sprinkle the top lightly with additional oats if desired.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, cut into squares.

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