Fancy making your own Breakfast bar?

August 8th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

Lots of busy families turn to ready-made meals to help with full timetables and a breakfast bar might look really healthy but some are packed with sugar so check the ingredients first. If you have a bit of time this summer you might want to try making your own in the oven by combining mashed banana with breakfast oats and baking for just 30 minutes.
 
Bananas are an amazing ingredient and can take the place of sugar, eggs, and fat in these yummy chewy snack bars. These bars have no added sugar, can be made in just a few minutes, and they'll take care of breakfast, after-school snacks, and work as part of a pudding.
 
Banana Oat Bars Makes 9 squares
2 large, very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried dates (optional)
1/4 cup chopped nuts — such as walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecans (optional)
Grated nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
 
First heat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9-x9-inch square baking dish with oil or butter.
Peel the bananas and mash their flesh in a medium mixing bowl so no large chunks remain; the bananas should be essentially liquid. Stir in the vanilla, if using. Add the oats and stir them in. Stir in the salt, dates, and nuts if using. Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan. If desired, sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg or cinnamon. Bake for about 30minutes. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool then cut into bars or squares and enjoy.
 
Source : The Kitchen