Banana Berry Oat Bars

October 22nd, 2015|Recipe|Comments Off on Banana Berry Oat Bars

Banana Berry Oat Bars

Ingredients:

For strawberry topping

  • 2 cups (330 grams) finely minced fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 T Honey
  • ΒΌ medium lemon, juiced

For banana oat bars

  • 2 cups (162 grams) uncooked rolled oats, divided (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 medium (262 grams) ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 T honey, divided

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Combine strawberries with 1 T honey and lemon juice (note: if using frozen strawberries, thaw first).
    • Toss with a spoon until well combined
    • Set mixture aside to chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes
  • In a food processor, process 1 cup rolled oats until it reaches a floury consistency and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the remaining rolled oats, baking powder, cinnamon, mashed banana, vanilla extract, and remaining 1 T honey
    • Stir with a spoon until well combined
  • Line and 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper
  • Transfer one-half to two-thirds of oat mixture into the baking dish and press into dish with a spatula
  • Strain liquid from strawberry mixture and spread berries in a single layer over the oats in the baking dish
  • Crumble remaining oat mixture on top of the strawberry layer.
  • Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown
    • Remove and cool before cutting into bars