Banana oat bars

As requested (hi, Karen! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), here’s a super-easy recipe that you can modify to suit your own tastes.

I love this as a way to use up over-ripe bananas – the riper the banana, the sweeter the recipe. It also feels super-healthy, as far as snacks go, and can be made with as little as two ingredients: oats and banana. Easy to remember, too: 1 cup oats for every banana! The size of the banana is important, of course: if it’s large then add a little bit more of the oats, until the mixture is quite stiff (why does this post feel like a Carry On script!?!).

That seems a little dull, though, so I tend to add chopped dried apricots – tip: ‘chop’ the apricots with scissors, much easier than a knife – sultanas (slightly juicier than raisins) or dried cherries (goes really well if you add a smallish amount ofย ground almonds).

My last batch also saw me experiment with adding golden syrup. The extra sweetness isn’t really needed, but it’s a nice addition if you’re willing to forego a little of the healthy feel.

In the pic above, I should point out that the baking tray used is super-tiny: about 6×4 inches, I think. Line it well with greaseproof paper, as the mix does stick quite a lot!

Alternatively, when I’ve done a double batch (2 bananas), I get enough mix to use a bigger tray and a silicone sheet – this is perfect, as the whole result just peels off! For that, I use a normal-sized baking sheet and don’t try to push the mix into the edges (see pic below). If doing this, it’s important to keep the mixture as non-runny as possible, and don’t press the edges down too thin, or they’ll burn before the middle is cooked.

I would recommend keeping the mix reasonably thin – about half an inch? – to stop the middle feeling a little gloopy. That’s matter of taste, though, as I got complaints with that batch about the edges being a little chewy! You can’t win, but at least this recipe is easy enough for repeat trials!

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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7 thoughts on “Banana oat bars

  1. This week seems to be all about bananas! Banana pancakes, banana ice cream and now, banana oat bars – they look delish, I’ll have to give them a try. With the addition of golden syrup they remind me of crunchies, though they would usually have butter too.

  2. Been looking for a ‘muesli’ bar for a while now, thanks! Do you store them in the fridge or cupboard? Also roughly how long do they last? Great post ๐Ÿ˜

    • Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I tend towards caution and keep them in the fridge in an airtight container, where they’ll last for up to a week (well, theoretically – they get eaten before that! ;))

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