Banana Oat Squares

by Heather on July 19, 2010

I needed a quick and easy dessert to complement a meal that my friend and I had made for a couple. I seem to have an unlimited supply of frozen bananas on hand these days, and since I keep forgetting to buy spinach at the store to make green smoothies, I guess I just need to keep baking banana treats! These definitely were fast to put together and easy, and they didn’t need too much time to cool for me to cut them up. As much as I love the ease of baking brownies, I wanted something with a bit more substance.

I saw this recipe on foodgawker, which I have on my google reader. Foodgawker is the best, I could just stare at that site all day long. It amazes me that so many people can take such sharp and attractive photos. So, I didn’t even have to search for this treat- it just happened to be sitting in the Reader waiting to be discovered :) As the original blogger says, these are actually quite healthy for their level of deliciousness. The ingredient list is short and there is nothing out of the ordinary that you shouldn’t have sitting in your kitchen. It could also be customized for your taste buds, for example, with peanut butter or sliced almonds instead of walnuts. For an even healthier spin, maybe some dried fruit…? Also, I could see these being a perfect breakfast bite or after-school snack!

Banana Oat Squares, adapted from Notecook

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 to 1 cup mashed bananas
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Add salt and mashed banana and mix until incorporated . Add oats and nuts. Stir. Spread in greased 8×8 inch pan. Bake for almost an hour until firm. Cool and cut into squares.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

larira July 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm

those look delicious!

fooddramer July 21, 2010 at 12:26 am

My kids would go bananas for these (pun most definitely intended!).

Adriana from Baking Powders July 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm

i love anything banana, these look amazing!

Sues July 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

YUM! I have an abundance of bananas right now and I need to find somethinggg to do with them. This looks perfect!

zerrin July 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Fantastic shots! These bars look so yummy. Although I don’t love banana as a fruit much, I do love its flavor in such treats. These bars sound so healthy. and it’s easy too, so this is a must try recipe for me. Thanks!

naomi August 1, 2010 at 5:12 am

Bananas and oats- um, i love it already!

Annabelle August 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

awesome!!! mine turned out great!!! thanks for the recipe!!! although i have a question… would you recommend storing these at room temp. or in the fridge? I’m worried after storing mine in the refrigerator the texture/consistency changed significantly. Still awesome, but in a dense and moist way. Thanks!!!!

Heather August 8, 2010 at 6:55 am

I just stored mine in a plastic container on the countertop. I didn’t even think about refrigerating them!That’s good to know that the consistency changes, I’ll remember that- thanks for the tip :)

Annabelle August 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm

thanks for the response, and thanks again for sharing the awesome recipe!!! great pictures too =)

Jackie May 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Will substituting half of the butter for apple sauce make a significant and/or detrimental change? Any advice would be awesome!

Heather May 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Hmmm, I honestly have no idea- sorry! Let me know if you try it, though, and how it turns out.

Kathy September 10, 2011 at 12:16 am

I made 1/2 of this recipe since I had only 1/2 cup of mashed banana. I left out the butter and added in 1 whole egg (or 2 for the whole recipe) and it turns out great! ^^ I’m going to blog about this recipe and the changes I made, along with the photos I took!
This is super good too..that’s why I’m afraid to make this again, in fear that I’ll eat the entire batch in 1 sitting!!

Jayasri November 21, 2011 at 4:10 am

Hi Heather, nice to meet you.., you have lovely blog.., and beautiful recipes.., eye catching clicks.., I was assigned to your blog this month, and of course I did enjoy browsing through your recipes book marked a few, the ones ricotta cheese were my first attraction.., I made this recipe for the challenge and enjoyed baking it…, My family loved it needless to say…, do check out my blog when you have time…, Don’t go the clicks as they are not as beautiful as yours…, please do forgive me as I got bit carried away and made a few changes hope you like it…., thanks once again, love you for this recipe and this is going to be in my house regularly!

A April 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I’ve try these and they were super good, as in I can’t stop eating them. I added 1 c unsweetened coconut, 1/2 c raisins and used bittersweet morsels, yummy! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe

Lydia April 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I made these in my dorm tonight, and they were really good! We couldn’t wait long enough to let them cool before eating so they were pretty soft, but I expect that if you had more restraint than my friends and I they’d be more like bars. Anyways, it’s basically baked chocolate oatmeal, so delicious and -sort of- healthy.

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