Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
I tried playing around with a few recipes, and this is the one that worked out the best for my family. It's a light cookie; I found that making it into bars worked better for me, since I only had one hand and could not spoon them onto a cookie sheet. I also used a food processor to mix the batter to make it quicker and easier to do while holding my daughter. :)
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 3⁄4 cup shortening
- 1 egg
- 3 bananas
- 1 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 3⁄4 cups oats
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Grease an 8x9 (for thicker bars), or a 13x9x2 (for thinner bars) pan.
- Slice up bananas (makes it easier to mix).
- Mix butter, shortening, egg, and bananas until creamy.
- In a separate bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Slowly add the dry mix to the creamy mix until blended.
- Mix in the oats.
- Pour mix into pan.
- Bake 10 minutes.
I made these at about 4 in the afternoon and they were gone by bedtime! My family loved them. A couple of things I did different. I baked them in the 13x9 pan, but it took 20-25 minutes to bake them rather than just 10 as the recipe states. I also sprinkled the top with chocolate chips before baking.
This recipe was great because it used a lot of bananas and has a very wholesome taste. I substituted 1/2 c. natural applesauce for the shortening and reduced the sugar by half. The bars are still fluffy and cake-like, but with an easy glaze, will be a hit at the party.
I made mine bar style in a 9x13 pan instead of cookies, and they came out very thick, moist, and crumbly. Almost like banana bread. Not what I was expecting, but everyone loved 'em.