I’m always interested to see what Josh picks on weeks when I tell him to go crazy and pick all of the meals. Most weeks, we each decide on a few meals, so it’s a good balance, and we both try to keep the budget in mind. He did a great job, budget wise, staying easily within our limit.
His choice for snack this week? These bars, which are always a favorite, and since we usually have most of the ingredients on hand anyway, they wind up being insanely cheap as well. Easy to make, hearty, and delicious. It’s really just a win/win.
Double Banana Chocolate Chip Bars (recipe from Eat Live Run)
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1/3 c oil, preferably coconut oil
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 c quick cooking oats
- 2/3 c chopped banana chips (we use unsweetened)
2/3 c dark or semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease 8×8 pan and set aside.
In large bowl, smash the banana until it’s just a mushy pulp (appetizing, right?). Add the oil and brown sugar and stir until completely combined, with no sugar lumps remaining. Note: if your kitchen is cold, or you use a cold banana, sometimes the coconut oil will start to harden. The few times that has happened to me, I placed the mixing bowl into a large bowl of hot water and let it warm up, then stirred it again.. Nothing to worry about!
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined, then fold in the chocolate chips and banana chips.
Pour this mixture into the 8×8 pan and pat down evenly. Bake until the edges are golden, about 25 minutes.
Let cool, and enjoy.