Servings: Makes 9 delicious bars!
¾ cup skim milk
½ cup sugar or Splenda for baking
1 Tbsp. vanilla
½ cup applesauce
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups quick oats
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cinnamon sugar*
1-1/2 oz. raisins and/or craisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 350º F.
Coat an 8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
Combine the bananas, eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and applesauce in a medium sized mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until completely blended.
Now add the dry ingredients, except the (optional) raisins and/or craisins. Set mixer on low speed and mix completely, stopping to scrap down the sides. Drop in the (optional) raisins and/or craisins last and mix well.
Pour mixture into the coated baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. *Before the last 5 minutes of baking time, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top and bake an additional 5 minutes.
Cool at least 10-15 minutes before slicing into 9 bars.
Karen’s Note: Usually, I double this recipe into 2 batches or 2 square glass pans, which will make 18 servings instead of the usual 9. Also, you can refrigerate the leftover or unsliced bars covered with plastic wrap. Our family really love to eat these delicious bars cold with our coffee for a Continental Breakfast!