Baking Monday – Banana Monkey Bars

Monkey Bar 4

It’s the start of another week. This Mon, I have another batch of ripe bananas to use up as well as some dried apricots and pineapple in the fridge. So decided to make these – Banana Monkey Bars for my lil monkey 🙂

Again, its a simple recipe with added oats for fibre and less sugar, as the fruits provided most of the sweetness. You can even use other dried fruits (I usually use cranberries instead of the pineapple) or add in some chopped nuts. For this time, I left them out and added some sliced bananas on top for decoration.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pixs while making these so I’ve only got pixs for the finished cake (it was one of those days!)

Banana Monkey Bars

250g flour (I used 100g wholewheat flour and 150g plain flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
40g rolled oats
150g brown sugar
50g each dried pineapple and apricots (chopped)
2 eggs
125ml canola oil
50ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas (roughly mashed)

Preheat the oven at 180C. Grease your baking pan/loaf tin.

Shift the baking powder into the flour. Add the nutmeg, oats, brown sugar and the dried fruits and stir well. In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Whisk in the oil, milk, vanilla extract and bananas. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the banana mixture. Fold gently til just combined. Pour into the baking pan and bake for about 50 min til top is lightly golden. Leave to cool in the pan for 10 min before removing. Cool completely before cutting otherwise it will crumble.

Monkey Bar 3

Fresh out of the oven

Monkey 1

Teatime bento for MilkyBar – some homemade cinnamon-sugar tortilla chips, a small pack of organic fruit snack and a slice of Monkey Bar

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