Banana Oat Bars
1/3 Cup mashed Avocado
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup coconut
1/4 cup chopped almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. "Cream" the avocado and brown sugar together until well combined. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Add mashed banana,salt and cocoa powder.
|Creamed avocado and brown sugar|
I added cocoa powder to counter the green color of the avocado. It did not affect the taste much and I think it would be interesting to see what would happen if I did not include this, I do not know how green it would really look... next time! I also decided to line the pan with parchment paper since I used avocado in place of the butter/coconut oil. I think that the bars would have been just as easily removed with a greased pan if you do not have parchment paper. I just did not want to take chances the first time, I've had too many catastrophies! There's nothing worse than delicousness you just can't get out of the pan. A few changes I may make next time is to play around with the mix-ins. Perhaps some chocolate and peanut butter chips, or butterscotch chips? Raisins, craisins and nuts for a trail mix bar? The possibilities are endless! I also want to try it with no sugar, or perhaps exchanging the brown sugar for maple syrup, agave nectar or honey. I'll let you know if any of these work :)
I'm enjoying my Sunday fun-day watching football at Bunny's with some friends and then having 'bar' night with Sam. We tend to not be able to both drink together, as one of us usually has to drive home, so tonight is our night to hit the town and walk/cab home :) Enjoy your Sunday!