7.31.2010

Banana-Blueberry Oat Squares

I get the urge quite often to bake something I have never tried before.... pretty much everyday really.  Today was no different, so as I looked through my fridge, on the counter, and in the cupboards-- and the extra ripe bananas and the freezer full of fresh-frozen blueberries were calling out to me to be used for something tasty.
After browsing the internet for a few ideas.... this is what I came up with.  

Banana-Blueberry Oat Squares
 
Ingredients: 
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 to 1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 ripe bananas)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter- make sure it is at room temperature
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 cups quick oats
1/3 cup chopped pecans (or any kind of nut you have on hand)
1/2 cup blueberries- fresh or frozen

Directions: 
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add in egg and almond extract. Beat well. Add salt and mashed banana and mix until incorporated . Stir in oats and nuts. Spread in greased 9×9 inch pan. Bake for almost an hour or until firm. Cool and cut into squares.

These ended up being pretty tasty. Great as a breakfast bar or a snack after work.

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