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1 cup Earth Balance
½ cup superfine sugar
2 TBL maple syrup or Joseph’s Sugar Free Syrup*
3 cups Oatmeal (Bob’s Red Mill Organic Extra Thick Rolled Oats Whole Grain)
¼ tsp salt
½ cup chocolate chip morsels *Optional (use 1/4 cup if making half with and half without chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You can use a 9×13 cookie sheet or I like to use 12 cup muffin tin and put the silicone cups in the muffin tin to ensure the oat bars are firm and hold together. Cupcake liners work just as well.

Put 1 cup Earth Balance, sugar, and maple syrup in medium saucepan and melt over low heat.  Remove pan from heat once melted and stir in oats and salt to butter mixture. Mix well until combined. Spoon into pan or silicone cups and press down firmly. Optional: add in chocolate chips if using. Bake 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 1 hour. Oats make this a healthy dessert recipe.

*Joseph’s Sugar Free Syrup is gluten-free and works well with this recipe. Keep refrigerated. I buy mine at Whole Foods.

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Cooking spray (for loaf pan)
4 very ripe bananas
2 TBL canola oil
1/4 cup Silk soy original creamer
4 egg replacers (Bob’s Red Mill 4 TBL whisked with 12 TBL water)
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBL ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chocolate chip morsels (reserve 1 TBL)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, mash bananas, then add in oil, Silk, and prepared egg replacer. Mix well and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flaxseed and mix well.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add in banana mixture to dry ingredients and mix well to combine.

Stir in 1/3 cup chocolate chips to batter. Pour into loaf pan. Sprinkle 1 TBL of chocolate chips on top of batter.

Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let sit for 5 minutes, then turn out of pan and let rest for 30 minutes before cutting.

Tip: add in nuts or replace chocolate chips with dried fruit, like cranberries.

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