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Banana Oat Bars

We whipped up a batch of these dairy free, healthy breakfast substitutes in a recent Kids Cook class.  The banana oat bars are easy to prepare and keep well for a quick meal or snack several days in a row. 1) Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl:

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats

2) Whisk together in a smaller bowl or measuring cup:

1/3 cup brown sugar (could probably be reduced to 1/4 cup if you want to try)

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp flax seed meal

2 tbsp warm water

3) Mash one ripe banana into the liquid mix.

4) Stir all together.  Optionally, add 1/2 cup dried fruit or chopped nuts.

5) Spread in a oiled 8 x 8 inch pan.

6) Bake for 25 - 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  Allow to cool and cut into squares.