I think I’ve made 4 batches of these banana oatmeal squares now, trying to get them the way I wanted, and these are finally right. All the squares were good, just not exactly right. The first few batches were a little too dense for my liking. But these ones are perfect.
My kids were thrilled that they got to eat so many of these – luckily they’re really healthy so it’s okay that we had so many! You know, besides the chocolate. But this is the only batch I made with chocolate chips so the ones we ate lots of were really healthy.These banana oatmeal squares are a great snack to send in the kids lunch kits for that morning snack at school. They’re filling and healthy enough that you could even have them as a breakfast on the go. There’s hardly any sugar in these, only 1/4 cup of brown sugar for an 8×8 inch pan. Most of the sweetness comes from the bananas, although they are not overly sweet.
The chocolate chips do add a fair bit of sweetness, but you could definitely add less for just a hint of chocolate, or take them out altogether. I made several batches with raisins instead and the kids loved them, although I’ll admit I didn’t like those ones nearly as much. I am a bit of a chocolate addict though!
They are also really low in fat, with 1/4 cup of buttermilk being the only fat in them. There’s no oil or butter, but the bananas keep them from being dry. Well, I guess there would be some fat in the chocolate chips, but again, you could leave those out! Don’t though, they’re good, and a little chocolate’s okay when the rest is so healthy! Agreed?