Sunday, February 24, 2013

Homemade Fruit & Nut Bars



Homemade Fruit & Nut Bars

(recipe adapted from TheKitchn)

2 large, very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups quick cook oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup craisins (or dates)
1/4 cup chopped nuts — such as walnuts, almonds or pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
2 TBSP honey

*you may add 1/4 coconut and 1/4 chocolate chips to make them more of a dessert bar

Starting March first, I have decided to challenge myself into eating, cooking, and baking wholesome, healthy, and natural foods for two months. I pretttty much make this my general goal anyway, but I do fall victim to the occasional artificial sweeteners and those genetically modified obnoxiously long words on the label that I don't know how to pronounce let alone what it is. So for my first recipe I decided to make my own fruit and nut bars instead of buying *insert popular name brand here* which are #1 way overpriced and #2 often contain those weird things like high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin. Not only are these bars nutty, chewy, and delicious, they're also super healthy and easy to make! Just toss everything in a mixer and bake!


Method:

1.Heat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9x9-inch square baking dish with olive oil or butter.

2.Peel the bananas and mash their flesh in a medium mixing bowl. Mash very thoroughly until no large chunks remain; the bananas should be essentially liquid. (You will have between 1 cup and 1 1/4 cup.) Mix in remaining ingredients.

3.Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or unti the edges just begin to crisp up.

4.Place the baking pan on a rack to cool. When the pan is mostly cool, cut into bars and enjoy with a glass of milk or tea



What are some of your favorite healthy recipes?

1 comment :

  1. Homemade granola bars are the best! So much better than anything you can buy at a store!

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