Why do bananas go brown so quickly? My two youngest are fruit bats and eat fruit like it’s going out of fashion. I still always end up with brown bananas no matter how many I buy or how many they eat.
Baking with bananas was on the agenda this morning and being school holidays I had two little helpers. The other was way too busy drawing cartoons.
We LOVE banana bread and the recipe I always use is one from Marie Claire’s Kitchen book. It has orange zest in it which gives it a fresh zing. I think everyone has a favourite banana bread recipe so I’m not going to bore you with mine.
The recipe only calls for 2 bananas and I had 7 brown bananas languishing in the fruit bowl. So I thought I’d have a go at making some muesli bars. I’m really, really bothered by the amount of hidden sugar in our diets and am always on the look out for sugar free recipes. This recipe has no sugar, no egg, no dairy, no flour and has a permanent halo. I can’t remember where it came from but it’s filed in my dodgy note-book on a piece of splattered baking paper and is in someone else’s handwriting. It probably came from a lady at tuckshop. To whoever you are, I thank you, you are a legend. Each time I make them I add things or leave out things but the first 3 ingredients are always the same.
Sugar Free Banana and Oat Bars
2 to 3 over ripe bananas
2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla
Any dried fruit you like. Sultanas, chopped apricots, chopped dates, raisins… whatever. No exact measurements I’m afraid, I just sprinkle in enough so that it looks good.
You can also add nuts, pepitos and any other incredibly wholesome goodness you have in your pantry. This time I added chia seeds. Same thing with my exact measurements.
Smush the bananas until they are almost liquified. Add vanilla, then oats and mix. Add the other ingredients. Whack them into a square slice tin and bake in a 180c oven for about 30 mins. Let them cool and then cut them into squares.
Let me say these are not like eating a sugar and fat laden muesli bar, but they are delicious. The kids really love them and are incredibly good for them. AND as they are basically made in one bowl with no beaters there is very little clean up….WIN!
Is there anything better than licking the beaters and bowl?
So now I’ve only 2 brown bananas left in the fruit bowl.