tisdag 23 juli 2013

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mashed banana
1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick cooking
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F (175 degree Celcius). Line an 10×15-inch baking pan with parchment paper
and lightly grease. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and mashed banana. Stir in the flour mixture, followed by the oats, chia seeds and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth it into an even layer. Bake for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed. Allow to cool completely, then slice into bars. 
Makes 25 bars
The bars keep well when stored in an airtight container and are easy to pack up for single servings. For variety, you can substitute all or some of the chocolate chips for chopped walnuts or pecans. You can omit the Chia seeds, or replace them with flax seeds, if you don’t have any on hand. And, if you really want to add more whole grains, you can even use whole wheat flour in this recipe, though I recommend using white whole wheat for the best finished texture.

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