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Whole Grain Banana Fruit ‘N Nut Bars recipe

Whole Grain Banana Fruit 'N Nut Bars.

These wholesome tasty bars make perfecttreats for school lunches or snacks anytime of the day.

Recipe: Whole Grain BananaFruit ‘N Nut Bars

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margerine
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 small bananas)
1 1/2 cups Quaker oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
2/3 cup chopped pitted dates or golden raisins
2/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts

  • Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightlyspray 13 x 9 x 2-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cookingspray.
  • Stir together flour, pumpkin pie spice,baking soda and salt in medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, beat light butter and brownsugar with electric mixer until well blended. Add egg and bananas;mix well. (Mixture will look curdled.) Add flour mixture; beaton low just until well blended. Stir in oats, dates and walnuts.Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until edges aregolden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out witha few moist crumbs clinging to it.
  • Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cutinto bars. Store tightly covered at room temperature up to 2days or place in airtight container and freeze up to 3 months.Defrost uncovered at room temperature.

    Makes 24 bars.

    Cook’s Tips:

    • To save time, purchase walnuts and datesalready chopped.
    • Other dried fruits may be substitutedfor dates.
    • Toasted pecans, almonds or hazelnuts maybe substituted for walnuts.

    Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof The Quaker Oats Company.

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