Wednesday, March 7, 2012

4-Ingredient Banana Bars

If you haven't noticed lately, a lot of my recipes include things I have lying around my cabinets (like these) because I simply do not have the energy or patience to fight the massive crowds at the grocery stores. The line to Trader Joe's was out of the store the other day. I came across this recipe on The Kitchn and figured it would be a good use for my rotting ripe bananas and leftover prunes & nuts from my Christmas party. The result, a tasty treat good for breakfast on the go or to satisfy a mid-afternoon sweet craving.

2 large, very ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried prunes (could also use dates)
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts but could use hazelnuts or pecans)
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
handful of dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Heat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9x9-inch baking dish.

- Peel bananas and mash until no large chunks remain. Stir in vanilla, if using, and oats. Next stir in salt, dates and nuts.

- Pat the mixture evenly into the baking pan. Sprinkle with nutmeg/cinnamon, chocolate chips, coconut or whatever else you desire. Bake for 30 minutes or until edges begin to crisp.

- Place the baking pan on a rack to cool. Once cool, cut into bars and enjoy with a glass of milk or tea.


  1. I really like how your blog mixes food and fashion. These banana bars look amazing.

    Following :)

    - Fifi

  2. yep. totally making these bad boys.

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  4. Great recipe! Very tasty! and so few ingredients, all of them guilt free...
    I made it just with the 4 basic ingredients (with prunes) and added just a bit of honey. They came out really good. Super delicious snack! It is a keeper:)


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