Cinnamon Chip Banana Bars

Total Time
20 mins
40 mins

This is my adaptation of a recipe I found in the April 2002 issue of the now-defunct BHG Hometown Cooking magazine. They disappear almost instantly whenever I make them. I like them because the fruit isn't mashed and incorporated into the batter as it is in most banana recipes.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, nuts (if using), baking soda, and salt; set mixture aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture until combined.
  5. Press half of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven.
  8. Top the partially baked crust with the sliced bananas and chips.
  9. Top with remaining oat mixture.
  10. Lightly pack down with the back of a pancake turner.
  11. Return to oven and bake for about 25 minutes more, or until the top is lightly browned.
  12. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  13. To serve, cut into bars in the size of your choice.
  14. Store any leftover bars, covered, in the fridge.