Since yesterday, I’ve been obsessed with putting banana into the oatmeal part of the revel bars. Okay, not obsessed. Let’s just say it’s crossed my mind enough times to bring on a massive banana/chocolate craving. I thought about making banana chocolate chip bread, but decided to make something smaller and went with these bars.
This is modified from a recipe off Recipezaar, but I’ve changed it quite a bit. The biggest change (aside from the oven temp and pan size) was using flax in place of egg. You can still use 1 large egg, but I made these with 1 tablespoon of flax dissolved in 3 tablespoons hot water.
This photo shows the bars straight out of the oven, so they are a little moist in this photo.
Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Bars
3/4 cup all purpose unbleached flour or white whole wheat
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, or vegan margarine
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg or 1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons hot water**
1 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed or pureed (a little over 3/4 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup quick cooking oats or old fashioned oats buzzed in processor
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped vegan approved chocolate
1/3 cup toasted walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square pan with non-stick foil or parchment.
Mix together flour, salt and baking soda.
In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg (or flax), bananas and vanilla.
Add flour mixture to banana mixture and stir until absorbed, then stir in oats, chocolate chips and walnuts. Spread batter in the pan and bake for 25 minutes or until set. Set pan on a rack to cool, then lift from pan and cut into 16 squares or 12 bars.
**If using the flax substitute, mix water and ground flax ahead of time so that mixture can cool down