Banana Booty Bars
Oaty, chewy, fruity bars with a hint of spice and a walnut crunch. (These are super yummy.) Easy to make, healthy, and great for people on different special diets.
Combine in a blender (or mash and mix by hand):
3 large very ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 c)
1/4 - 1/3 c coconut oil or melted butter
1/4 c unsweetened apple or white grape juice concentrate (or: maple syrup, agave syrup, light honey)
*2 Tbsp flax seeds (grind in blender or coffee grinder first) or 3 Tbsp pre-ground flax
2 - 4 tsp vanilla
2 c large flake / old fashioned oats rolled (for gluten-free use gluten-free oats)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt
1 - 2 tsp cinnamon
*1/8 - 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Mix wet with dry. Then add:
1/2 c walnuts (chopped roughly)
1/2 c dates (chopped roughly)
*2 Tbsp candied ginger or candied orange peel (chopped finely) OR 1 tsp finely grated lemon or orange zest
*1/3 c dark chocolate chips OR 2 ounces of dark chocolate (chopped roughly)
(If you have the time, let the batter sit for 10 minutes or longer.)
Grease a medium-sized pan and press mixture in. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for about 40 minutes. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Enjoy these superb bars!
*If you dig these booty bars, you will probably also love these super-healthy Chia Banana Bars.