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.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2⁄3 cup finely chopped toasted almond (optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 medium bananas, quartered lengthwise and sliced (3 cups)
- 1 cup cinnamon baking chips (or whatever flavor you like)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, nuts (if using), baking soda, and salt; set mixture aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter with a mixer until light and fluffy.
- Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture until combined.
- Press half of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.
- Remove from the oven.
- Top the partially baked crust with the sliced bananas and chips.
- Top with remaining oat mixture.
- Lightly pack down with the back of a pancake turner.
- Return to oven and bake for about 25 minutes more, or until the top is lightly browned.
- Cool in pan on wire rack.
- To serve, cut into bars in the size of your choice.
- Store any leftover bars, covered, in the fridge.