I finally baked a healthy cookie. And I think I shall call it a breakfast bar to celebrate—it’s vegan after all. And contains oats, mashed banana, banana chips, chocolate chips and love. Lots of love.
These things are good.
I actually can’t stop picking at them. So far, I’ve eaten all the edges off of all the end pieces. If you ever have baked with banana chips you know that upon baking, they get all chewy and almost caramelized. It’s sorta like banana heaven, if I do say so myself.
These bars are the perfect thing to bake for your vegan friends. Or, they’re the perfect thing to bake for yourself because, although they may taste like a jumbo loaded oatmeal cookie, they are on the healthy side of the spectrum.
And you know what that means!
You can eat two.
I’ll be honest, I usually bake vegan treats when I’m out of butter and too lazy to go to the store. But that really wasn’t the case with these!
I baked these very intentionally because my friend Cindy (remember our Chinese food adventures?) brought them to one of our bible studies last Fall before she moved to Cambodia to save the world. I remembered them being delicious and remembered I still had the recipe that she emailed me last September in my inbox. I made a few modifications and there ya go!
And you know what? I didn’t even miss the butter.
Don’t worry—you’ll get plenty of that later this week. Who do you think I am, anyway?
Double Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars
makes about 12 bars
1 very ripe banana
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup chopped banana chips
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups quick cooking oats
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork and then add the canola oil and brown sugar. Mix well until there are no sugar lumps left.
In another (smaller) bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and oats. Mix into wet ingredients and add banana chips and chocolate chips.
Pat batter down into a greased square 8-inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges are golden. Let cool before cutting into squares.