When you have two kids that come home from school ravenous like I have been withholding food from them for days, it helps to have something on hand that they can quickly eat.
I do not want to fall into a trap that when we are away from the house and the kids are hungry, the only option for food is a drive-through. So I have found that an ounce of prevention cures their cravings!
These bars are healthy, quick to prepare and easy to modify to what your family likes. I like to add milled flax seed to my batter for a little added benefit.
Best of all, the only plastic wrapper these little bars come in is the one I wrapped them in myself!
Banana Oatmeal Bars
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon flax meal (for added protein, optional)
- 1/4 cup butter, softened at room temperature
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 medium mashed bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup raw, quick-cooking oats
- 3/4 cup chopped nuts and dried fruits (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease and flour 13x9 inch baking pan. Sift together flour, salt, soda and spices, set aside. In large bowl, beat until light and fluffy butter, sugar and egg. Add bananas and vanilla, beat until smooth.
- Gradually stir in flour mixture and oats until well combined. (If it seems to be getting a little thick, slowly add about 1/4 cup non-fat milk as needed.) Stir in nuts and dried fruit. Bake until golden (about 25 minutes).
- When bars cool, slice and cut into individual serving and keep in an airtight container. These will keep for a week, if they last that long!