Saturday, September 1, 2012

Almond Butter, Oatmeal & Banana Bars

As some of you may know, I am running a Half Marathon in November! I'm really excited about it, and have loved the time that I get to dedicate to myself and my body 4-5 times a week. Also, one of the best things about running is that I get to eat A LOT of carbs, and I am loving anything baked. Hence, the bread extraganza I went on earlier this month. :) My body also craves food that is full of nutritious stuff, fuels my body, and keeps me satisfied -- and these bars REALLY hit the spot!

As the title says, the bars are mostly comprised of oatmeal, a banana, and almond butter.  I made these with almond butter for the added nutritional benefits, but you could easily substitute peanut butter. They also have a small amount of brown sugar, but besides that, there are no other ingredients, such as oil or butter, that will weigh you down! Plus, they are quick to make and cook. I kept a few of these bars in tupperware on my counter, and then froze the rest -- such an easy way to have a perfect breakfast or snack! They have all the convenience of a packaged bar, but taste much better, and don't have any gross preservatives. Winning!

 ** ALMOND BUTTER, OATMEAL & BANANA BARS ** 
Printable Recipe

Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
* 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
* 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar (if you want a sweeter bar, make it a 1/3 cup)
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Wet Ingredients
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 large egg
Remaining Ingredients
* 1 large over-ripe banana, mashed
* 1/4 cup almond butter (substitution: peanut butter)

Directions
* Preheat oven to 350 F. 
* In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
* In a medium sized bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
* Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient mixture.
* Mix in the almond butter and banana.
* Spread mixture into a greased 8X8 pan.
* Bake for about 20 minutes, until firm.
* Let cool for at least 15 minutes, and cut into squares...
* And eat up!! They keep well for a couple days, and also freeze well if want to keep some for later.


~ Eat Fresh :)

8 comments:

  1. This oatmeal bar sounds delicious! Love that there is almond butter. Best of luck on training for the half marathon.

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  2. These sound delicious and i like that they don't have pb in them... Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. We would like if you would link back this recipe to us. Remember to come back and vote on Sunday.
    http://marlys-thisandthat.blogspot.com

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  3. I linked this recipe to Foodie Friends Friday -- check it out -- http://avirtualessence.blogspot.com/2012/09/linky-party-with-foodie-friends-friday.html

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  4. Thanks! Going to use honey instead of sugar- ever tried it that way?

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    1. I haven't, but sounds good to me! I have substituted brown sugar for pure maple syrup in other recipes, and it worked very well.

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  5. Hey, just wanted to say I’ve made these for a party and everyone went nuts for them. I doubled the recipe, and they came really thick.

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