Friday, 29 October 2010

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Baby Oatmeal & Banana Bars


For babies coping well with finger foods i.e. 8 or 9 months.

Ingredients:
- 1 ripe banana
- handful of oats

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (180 deg C).

2. Mash the banana with a fork.

3. Grind the oats in a food processor.

4. Mix banana with the enough ground oats to form a sticky dough.

5. Divide the mixture into small pieces and press it into the shapes of your choice e.g. simple bars.

6. Bake for around 10-15 minutes until golden brown in colour (they become harder the longer they are cooked, so keep the baking time as brief as possible if you wish to retain a chewy texture).

Tips:
Baking longer makes it harder and and thus turned it into banana oatmeal cookies. Adults love it too. Not just for babies, but good, quick, easy and healthy snack to serve to adult guests who are health conscious.

Tip for adults:
If you are serving to adults, you can add honey or maple syrup in the dough before baking to make it sweeter, but in my opinion, the bananas alone are sweet enough.

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Additional Comments:
I coincidentally chanced upon this recipe from a mother from the internet. It tastes like the Malaysian/Singaporean "goreng pisan" (means fried bananas), but healthier, as it is not fried but baked, and more nutritious with the addition of oatmeal.

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