Banana Walnut Bars

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I don’t know why I do this, but I have a bad habit of over buying groceries. I almost always start off with a list, but I have a hard time sticking to it. I’ll walk down an aisle, see something, and think I’m out of that and grab one.

I justify it by saying I don’t want to make another trip. Smart, right?

 

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Well, not so smart when that thing I thought I was needing actually has a replacement sitting at home. Then I end up with multiple packages of napkins, foil, ketchup, etc.

Those really aren’t that big of a deal, because they are nonperishable.

 

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The real problem is I also do this with whole foods. Eggs, for example…I don’t want to run out of eggs. I thought I only had a couple left, so I want to pick up some more. I get home to find I already bought a dozen and a half a few days ago, but forgot. Now I have 36 eggs!

This same thing happens with asparagus. You surely don’t want to run out of asparagus. Haha 😀 I’ll end up with 2-3 bundles of asparagus. Who can eat that much asparagus in a week?

 

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Bananas are another food I over buy. We consume a lot of bananas around here.  3 pounds of bananas at Costco are a great deal. 3 pounds of bananas at Sam’s Club…another great deal. Well, Cindy now you have 6 lbs. of bananas!

See I’m good at math, but not at remembering what I last purchased. Does this happen to anyone else or is it just me? Maybe I just need to slow down.

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Thankfully, when you have too many bananas you can always turn them into something wonderful. My recipe for Banana Walnut Bars uses 4 bananas. Woo hoo!

These bars are delicious! They bake up in a fourth of the time it takes to make a loaf of banana bread, with all the same flavors.  My son is a huge banana bread fan and said these are even better.  😀

These bars are thick and soft, with a delicious walnut streusel topping.  They are perfect for quick, filling breakfast!

 

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Banana Walnut Bars
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Ingredients
Topping
  • ¼ cup whole white wheat flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
For Bars
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large bananas, smashed
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup whole white wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
For Topping
  1. In a small bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and nuts. Pour in melted butter and combine with a fork. Set aside.
For Bars
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper. Coat bottom with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon with a whisk; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl smash bananas with a fork so there are no big chunks. Stir in 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. Use a mixer and cream butter and sugars together. Mix in eggs until combined. Add bananas and vanilla, mix until blended.
  5. With mixer on low, slowly add flour mixture. Blend until throughly combined and you don't see any flour.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread out with a rubber spatula or spoon.
  7. Sprinkle evenly with streusel.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Holding onto parchment paper remove bars from pan and place on a cooling rack.
  10. Cook for 10 minutes. Cut into 12-15 bars.

 

 

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