Thursday, May 17, 2012

Oat Fruit Bars/Cookies

I made these in the shape of a cookie, but myself and some others actually think this more like a 'fruit bar.'


Moving into a new home, I wanted to make my kitchen smell yummy, try out my oven and I had to do something with three bananas.

I wanted to do something a little different and didn't want to use eggs because well, I eat a ton and same with nuts so I did what I usually do and perused the Web and eventually concocted my own recipe.

This recipe is highly customizable, so try some different things and let me know how it goes ;)


Oat Fruit Bars/Cookies:

3 very ripe bananas
2 cups certified gluten-free oats
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup chocolate chips (dairy, soy and nut free)
1/4 cup dried sour cherries, no sugar added
1 tbls honey
1 tbls fig jam
1/3 cup (actually I used a little less) coconut oil, melted

Method:

Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl, add in the vanilla, honey and fig and mix well. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend thoroughly until a batter starts to form. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, at 15 minutes turn down to 300 degrees and bake for 7 minutes then turn the oven off and leave in for about another 4 minutes. I baked them this way for two reasons: 1) I wanted the them to be very soft and 2) I didn't want to burn the bottoms since there is a lot of fruit in these I thought it could happen easily.

Yields ~ 11 medium sized cookies


I will experiment with this, I think you could actually drop onto the pan in one piece (about 1/4" thick) and cut into bars, or bake in a glass baking dish and cut into bars. Either way, they are still quite delicious.

These are super moist and chewy. You could add some nut butter to bring some hardening to them if desired. I highly suggest storing these in a refrigerator. 

Caution: These are extremely addicting...

Enjoy ;)

-Sunshine Girl


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