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Blueberry-Banana Baked Oatmeal Bars
- canola oil cooking spray
- 2 medium bananas, sliced
- 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit of choice (blueberries, raisins, cherries, cranberries, etc)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- pinch each ground nutmeg, cloves, and salt
- 2 cups skim milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted & cooled, divided
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 375*F. Lightly coat an 8-inch square or round baking dish with cooking spray. Layer the banana slices over the bottom of the dish and top with the frozen blueberries. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, coconut flakes, dried fruit, brown sugar, nuts, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, 1 Tbsp of the margarine, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Set aside.
- Spoon the oat mixture on top of the bananas and blueberries. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture, and drizzle with the remaining 1/2 Tbsp melted margarine.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top layer is lightly browned and crisp. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
UPDATE: I made these using overripe pears instead of the banana/blueberry combo. I used dried cranberries, walnuts, and skipped the brown sugar. It was delicious! I baked it last night and the we ate it for breakfast this morning. You have to try it!