Banana Walnut Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
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Recipe type: breakfast, snack
Cuisine: vegan, vegetarian, healthy
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Serves:: 9 2½" bars
 
A delicious and nutritious treat you'll love!
Ingredients:
  • • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided use
  • • 1 ½ C 2 % milk, or alternate milk)
  • • ½ C Water
  • • ½ C Maple syrup instead
  • • ¼ C melted coconut oil
  • • 2 T Vanilla extract
  • • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • • ½ C Raisins, or dried fruit
  • • ½ C Walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • • ½ C Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • • 1 banana, divided, cut thinly to place on top and into milk mixture
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil; then spray with nonstick cooking spray or lightly oil/grease.
  3. In a blender or food processor, process 1 cup of the oats with the milk, water, maple syrup, coconut oil, ½ banana, and salt, until smooth.
  4. Arrange the remaining 2 cups oats in an even layer in the prepared pan.
  5. Add coconut and raisins, then, slowly pour in the coconut milk-oat mixture.
  6. Use a spatula to gently combine and evenly distribute the batter in the pan.
  7. Finish by topping with thinly sliced banana with the remaining ½ banana.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 43 to 45 minutes until set at the center, crispy at the edges and golden brown.
  9. Test for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center that comes out with slight crumbs.
  10. If needed, for extra crispy edges/golden color, turn the oven to broil (high) and broil for 1-4 minutes; leaving on the middle rack of oven, until desired color is reached.
  11. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from pan and cutting into 9 squares. (If you let it cool completely, your bars will cut very cleanly.)
  12. Serve warm, or cool completely.
  13. Re-warm in microwave for 30-45 seconds, if desired.
  14. Store the completely cooled squares in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Recipe by My Sweet California Life at https://www.mysweetcalifornialife.com/banana-raisin-walnut-oatmeal-breakfast-bars/