My Life of Travels and Adventures: Banana Split Bars

Banana Split Bars

24 January 2014

I originally saw this recipe on SkinnyTaste a while back and thought they would make a good snack bar for road trips and quick outings.  However, when I made these they turned out to be like a moist banana bread bar.  Not something that I want my toddler having in his car seat… Way to big of a mess.  
But these were quite tasty and okay for Neil to eat while in the car.  After a couple days of snacking straight from the pan, I cut up the remaining bars and placed them in the freezer for Neil’s lunch. 

Ingredients:
⅓ C Quinoa, rinsed well
½ C Water
2 C Oats
1 Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp Baking Soda
3 Bananas, ripe and mashed
1 Egg
⅓ C Moore’s Maple Syrup
2 Tsp Vanilla
¾ C Dried Cherries
½ C Walnuts
½ C Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325F
  2. Grease a 9x13 Baking Pan
  3. Combine the quinoa and water in small saucepan and bring to a boil.  
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  
  5. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.  
  6. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely. 
  7. In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas, egg, maple syrup, vanilla and quinoa and stir until blended.  
  8. Add the cinnamon, baking soda and oats.  Mix until blended. 
  9. Stir in the dried cherries, walnuts and chocolate chips. 
  10. Spread evenly a flatten slightly in the prepared pan. 
  11. Bake for 30 -35 minutes. 
  12. Cool completely. 
  13. For easier cutting, refridgerate 20 minutes before cutting

These bars can be stored in the fridge for a week or the freezer for 3 months in an airtight container.  

I cut mine into bars and placed them in small snack ziplock bags before freezing…  for easy on the go snacks. 

7 comments :

  1. They look yummy! I love your new blog design too! :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing on Think Tank Thursday. These look tasty and healthful. I think I happen to have all the ingredients on hand, and need to use up some very ripe bananas, so this may be today's baking project!

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  3. This looks amazing! I've been looking for different granola recipes to rotate for our family. This will definitely be added to the list! Thanks for sharing~

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  4. Your Banana Split Bars look wonderful, we would just love them. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Krystal, these look fantastic. I love the addition of quinoa, my favourite ingredient at the moment. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party.

    Anne xx

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  6. Yum yum yum! These were a big hit at the Pinworthy Projects Link Party last week and I wanted to let you know I will be featuring you tomorrow over at Domestic Superhero! Thanks for linking up and hope to see you again! xo Allyson

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  7. This sounds awesome!
    I have never baked with quinoa before but this might be my chance :)
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this month.
    I look forward to seeing you again in the next month's linky.
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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