Sunday, December 4, 2011

Banana Oat and Chocolate Bars

A crime was almost committed in my kitchen today... my hubby almost threw out some perfectly good bananas thinking they were trash.  I can see why he thought so, they did look pretty bad.  Then I showed him how perfect they were inside.  They were blemish free and perfect for baking. So I decided I needed to bake something he would love with them (to make him feel even worse for wanting to waste them).  So I made these banana oat bars and added a lot of chocolate chips to make them extra yummy.  They came out better than even I expected.  He promised me after eating the first of many bars that he will not throw out any banana before I give the "to bake or not to bake" once over. :)

1 egg
1/3 of a cup of applesauce
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 cup of brown packed brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of baking powder

1-2 cups of chocolate chips

Note: I actually did not have enough chocolate chips, so I used leftover white chocolate and peanut butter chips from other recipes.

Tip:  I keep my chocolate in the freezer.    


First mix all the wet ingredients. I used an electric mixer to do this part.  Next stir your dry ingredients together well with a spoon. Fold in your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and mix gently.

 I decided to put some parchment paper inside my baking dish so I could easily pull out the entire pan of bars and cut them.  Spray parchment paper with some cooking spray before pouring the batter into it.  Bake at 350 degree for 30-40 minutes.  When a knife comes out clean, your bars a done. 

 Enjoy.  Store in an airtight container.

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  1. Yum, those banana oat chocolate chip bars look wonderful. Have a super day, my friend.

  2. These look good, and I could easily make them gluten free! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love it! My Girls will go crazy for it :)

  4. Haha, I love the reason for making something extra good. My husband has toss bananas before. Let's just say it will never happen again.

  5. I've got to tell you: every time I pass by in here, I find a delightufl surprise. It looks absolutely tasty! Love banana + chocolate! Paula

  6. I love your addition of the white chocolate and peanut butter chips. I bed that added a tasty dimension to these bars. Looks deeeeeeelish!

  7. LOL...Ramona! I love this post because there was a time I might have tossed those bananas, too! I love bananas and oats and chocolate chips...though I think I'm going to mix it up with the white chocolate and peanut butter chips, too! These look awesome! : )

  8. It would have been a real crime if your hubby threw out the bananas - the oat, chocolate bars are amazing!

  9. I love bars like this! The oats and chocolate, plus the banana--now that's what I'm talking about! It looks like an awesome snack :) And I love your little story about your husband about to throw away perfect bananas (perfect in our eyes of course!).

  10. looks delicious!!& good to use those in this recipe....
    my husband also very particular with banana,even he search a lot of things when buying banana...:)& same way he rejects some rippen banana,but for me those are good & what to do,I eat them without wasting or I use them in a smoothie....:)

  11. Great use for almost-bad bananas! I usually just make bread or muffins, but I've got to try these bars!

  12. I like the addition of white chips and thanks for the tip about keeping your chips in the freezer. These are a must try.

  13. Oh wow, these look chewy, sticky, chocolatey perfect! :) Some of my favorite ingredients all in one!

  14. Throwing those bananas away would have been a crime indeed--those bars look so moist!

  15. Oh, husbands are just clueless! Glad you showed him how those ugly bananas could make these beautiful treats!

  16. delicious combination looks wonderful

  17. These look so good. I bet they smell amazing as they cook. Wonderful bar, great combo of tastes.

  18. What would the men in our lives do without us to make them delicious treats with things they thought were trash? ;) These look so good. I just had three brown bananas that I used for some muffins. Yum

  19. Superb Recipe, simply amazing Idea! I've already been making a whole wheat banana bread with almost exactly the same recipe except that it's a quick bread. I'm sure gonna try this and I hope it's gonna turn out more surprisingly good than my whole wheat banana bread.

  20. It looks absolutely tasty! I extract to make it that a fabulous this recipe. I will try to make it. If addition of the white chocolate and butter chips than your recipe is very cool.


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