Saturday, May 21, 2011

banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars

sometimes i think being a vegan would be cool.
sometimes i think going raw would be cool, too.
however, when i think about all the work that would have to go into buying random seeds/vegetables to sustain myself and never cooking my food over 118 degrees, i feel mentally tired. plus i like cottage cheese too much, and i think cottage cheese is against the vegan code of conduct.
however, this recipe is totally vegan and totally easy.
plus totally delicious. which is much more important that it being vegan or easy.
i found it originally on this site, and then made just a couple tweaks for it to fit my fancy a little.
ps where the heck have banana chips been my whole life? i just tried them last weekend, and my tastebuds were just jumping for joy, i tell you what. those, combined with dark chocolate chips are ambrosia. and with oatmeal, they can almost pass for breakfast.
 well, almost.

banana chocolate chip oatmeal bars
makes 12 bars

one very ripe banana
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup chopped banana chips
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1. preheat your oven to 350. in one bowl, mash your banana, add your brown sugar, vanilla, and vegetable oil. mix to combined and somewhat smooth with minimal chunks.
2. in another bowl, combine your flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and banana chips.
3. combine your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients, a little at a time, stirring until combined.
4. grease a pan, and press your mixture into your dish. throw it in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until it looks done. let it cool and then cut it up. ... or just dig right in, whatever fits your fancy!
 eat another one. they're healthy i tell you.

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