Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Little Chef: Banana Date Oat Bars

So, are you getting the impression that the girl pictured above enjoys baking? You would be correct.

We were back in the kitchen recently trying out a new simple recipe: Banana Date Oat Bars.
Simple indeed.
First mashing:
What three year old doesn't enjoy mashing bananas?

Then pouring:
First time I've ever used dates in anything. They're a bit ugly, but tasty.
Pan Prep:
It's fun letting her get hands-on.
Bake, cut into squares:
Mmm, oaty goodness. Tiny Buddah approves.
and enjoy:
Unfortunately, Jellybean didn't love the end results. I liked them more than she did. It was still a fun, easy baking project. The recipe could probably use a little more spice and may have benefitted from some nuts. (We are tree nut free in our house)

Oh and look, I'm even wearing my matching apron!
You've got to love a selfie.
Try it out, tweak it, see how you and your little chef enjoy it.

Banana Date Oat Bars


2 large, very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried dates 
Grated nutmeg or cinnamon 


Heat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9x9-inch square baking dish with olive oil or butter.
Peel the bananas and mash their flesh in a medium mixing bowl. Mash very thoroughly until no large chunks remain; the bananas should be essentially liquid. (You will have between 1 cup and 1 1/4 cup.) Stir in the vanilla. Add the oats and stir them in. Stir in the salt and dates.
Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan. If desired, sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg or cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes or unti the edges just begin to crisp up.
Place the baking pan on a rack to cool. When the pan is mostly cool, cut into bars and enjoy.
Have a Happy Day!



  1. I keep hearing great things about dates, these sound really good. thanks for linking up to #kidsinthekitchen