Thursday, January 3, 2013

Banana Bars

Banana Bars
Happy 2013 everyone! Do you have any resolutions to start the year? Last year my goal was to email my brothers more frequently and make more charitable contributions. This year I want to keep my eating under control. I'm not going to deprive myself of anything, but I just want to do a better job with portions. Easier said than done!

To start out the year, I have a simple, light banana bar recipe to show you. These are almost bread-like. For a little more zing, I suggest topping with a cream cheese frosting or chocolate drizzle. I kept mine plan and had them for a morning snack.
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup mashed very ripe banana (1 medium)
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
Mix together sugar, banana, egg whites and vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour mixture.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.

Yields 16 bars

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