The other evening I was looking for a reasonably healthy snack. Lets be honest-I had a sweet tooth! I was exploring the web for a recipe that was quick and that I could make with the ingredients I had on hand. This tasty dish caught my eye.
Rachael Ray’s Banana Oatmeal Squares
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (instant or rolled oats both work well)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I used white four)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large ripe banana, mashed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
(I added about 2 tbs honey for extra sweetness based on the reviews I read)
Optional: nuts, raisins, cranberries, etc. (I used cranberries)
Since had a smallish banana, I added about 1/4 cup applesauce too.
Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8-inch x 8-inch cake pan (I had a round pan)
Dump all of the ingredients into a large bowl and stir until well combined.
Add optional cranberries
Pour the mixture into a prepared cake pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares. The squares can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Makes 6-8 squares.
The reviews on this recipe were overall good. I thought it was delicious when it was hot out of the oven. I would not make this again unless we were gong to finish it within a day or so (preferably the same day). It was not what you would call light and fluffy but had a heavier texture. I thought it had great flavor and was perfect with a cup of hot tea in the evening or a healthy breakfast treat. Definitely worth a try and super easy to make.
Thanks Rachael Ray!