Maple Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

I had too many ripe bananas sitting on my counter, and wanted to do something different than my usual (much loved and delicious, but sometimes you need a change) banana muffins (link to recipe below).

These yields a soft and delicious cookie-bar, sweet but not too sweet, easy to make, and definitely on the healthier side.

The kids (and my nieces) (and myself!) were eating one after another as I was cutting the still warm bars!

Maple Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

Preheat the oven to 350*.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment mix together:

2 eggs

2 extra large (long) or 4 small/medium ripe bananas, peeled and cut into chunks

3/4 c. pure maple syrup

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. oil (I use canola oil for all my baking)

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Beat on medium speed for a few minutes, till all the ingredients are well mixed together.  To the bowl, add:

3 c. oats

2 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour

1/4 c. cocoa

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

2 dashes salt

Beat all together till the dry ingredients are incorporated into the batter.

To the batter, add 3/4 c. chocolate chips, and beat briefly to incorporate the chocolate chips. 

The batter will be loose.  Using a spatula, transfer the batter to the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Use the spatula to spread the batter evenly onto the parchment paper.

Bake on 350* for 25 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet halfway through baking.  Remove from the oven, and allow the bars to cool slightly before cutting.

Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk (or however you like your cookies!).

Happy baking, b’tay’avon and enjoy!


Don’t forget these other delicious recipes utilizing ripe bananas:

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