Energy Bars

If you re looking to whip up a no-sugar-added energy bar in just a few minutes that will take care of your breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert, all you need are bananas, oats, nuts and dates (salt, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon are optional). Recipe courtesy of Faith Durand, author of the recipe on The Kitchn, a web magazine devoted to home cooking and kitchen design.



·         2 banana

·         1 tsp pure vanilla extract

·         2 cups Oatmeal-Rolled Oats

·         1/2 tsp Salt

·         1/4 cup Dates, Chopped

·         1/4 cup Walnuts - Chopped

·         1 dash Cinnamon Ground



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9x9 inch-square baking dish using butter or olive oil.

2. Mash the bananas very thoroughly in a mixing bowl until they are almost liquid. No large chunks should remain (about 1 cup and 1 ¼ cup).
3. Stir in vanilla (optional). Mix in oats, then dates, nuts and salt (optional).
4. Press the mixture evenly into a 9x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg or cinnamon (optional).
5. Bake for 30 minutes in an over preheated to 350 degrees.
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