Take a break from dessert with these fruit and nut breakfast bars. A large bowl can hold a double batch of the dough, and the hearty mix will perform just fine. Bake bars on the same (middle) rack in the oven.
4.75 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1 cup)
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ripe bananas
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg white
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup dried cranberries
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl.
Place bananas in a large bowl; mash until smooth. Add sugar and next 5 ingredients (through egg white); stir until combined. Add flour mixture, stirring until combined. Stir in nuts and dried cranberries.
Spread dough into a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 bars.
BAKE A SECOND BATCH A large bowl can hold a double batch of the dough, and the hearty mix will perform just fine. Bake bars on the same (middle) rack in the oven. The bars can be a little crumbly, so wrap them individually and pack with plenty of padding to transport or ship overnight.
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I haven't tried double batching this, but single batching is awesome! I swear my husband lets the bananas go bad, so I'll make this more often. You can substitute out the walnuts and cranberries to give you endless variety. Usually I'll pair some fruit (3/4 c raisins, dried blueberries) with something sweet (1/4 c chocolate chips or toffee chips). You can also use additional bananas for extra moist bars. I don't think I've made the same bars twice, but they've always turned out well.
Excellent, you will never buy any after making these! Double the batch does not work well. Cook as one at the time. I add extra nuts and cranberries top it off with a full cup with both . Yummy! Everybody loves these. Use very ripe bananas.
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