BANANA-OAT BROWNIES for National Brownie Day!

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Today is National Brownie Day! These healthy and tasty treats are chocolaty, decadent and delicious…but totally guilt free! How can this be?

Chock-full of nutritious ingredients like oatmeal, bananas, raisins and dates, these bodacious brownies makes a satisfying breakfast treat too! These not-too-sweet yummy pleasures are so chewy, moist and rich no one will ever know this bar is actually good for you, unless you tell them. Happy day.

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BANANA-OAT BROWNIES 

Makes 12 Bars

1½ cups sliced bananas

1/3 cup maple syrup

¼ cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup raisins

1 ¾ cup rolled oats

2 tablespoons peanut butter

½ cup pitted, diced medjool dates (about 6 large)

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with unbleached parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang of the paper on two opposite sides.

Put the bananas, maple syrup, cocoa powder and vanilla extract in a large bowl and mash into a chunky purée using a potato masher or large fork. Stir in the raisins. Add the oats and stir to combine. Add the peanut butter and stir well to thoroughly incorporate it into the batter. Fold in the dates.

Spread the batter in an even layer on the prepared pan. Score the surface at about 2-inch intervals with a table knife (to make 12 bars); this will make it easier to cut the bars after baking. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until set.

Put the pan on a wire rack and let cool 5 minutes. Using the excess parchment paper as handles, carefully lift the bars out of the pan onto the rack. Let cool 5 minutes. Run a table knife along the score lines to cut the bars apart. Lift each bar off the parchment, using a flat spatula, and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the bars will keep for 3 days.

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