Please meet Banana Squares - my all time favourite healthy snack (I also happen to love granola bars for a snack but they cease to be healthy if I can't stop at two bars). These banana squares are low in fat and sugar but are super moist and yummy. They do not have that "hollow" taste you get with store bought fat free stuff but they are full of flavour.
You can make them fat free and sugar free by omitting the chocolate chips... but why do that. Chocolate and banana are a heavenly combination. Look at the nutritional info for both. I'll let you decide if the melty gooey chocolate chips are worth it.
Dairy, Egg & Nut Free Low Fat Banana Squares
Yields 24 two inch squares
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 Tablespoon vinegar
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Splenda granulated
1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 medium mashed bananas
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with dairy free cooking spray. In a small cup combine soy milk with vinegar and set aside.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine flour, Splenda sugars, baking powder and baking soda. Add mashed bananas, vanilla, applesauce and soy milk mixture. Beat on low until ingredients come together then increase speed to high for just a few seconds until it looks like cake batter. Stir in chocolate chips, if using.
Pour into prepared pan and gently spread to the edges. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cool for ten minutes then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Or dig into them while they're warm and devour them.
NOTE: You can also bake these in a muffin tray; just check them at 15 minutes. If you want to make them fat free and sugar free just omit the chocolate chips.
Nutritional Info (Per square)
With Chocolate Chips
Calories 78.5, Total Fat 1.28g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 116.6mg, Potassium 73.17mg, Total Carbohydrates 15.86g, Fiber 0.92g, Sugar 2.05g, Protein 1.52g
Without Chocolate Chips
Calories 61.74, Total Fat 0.23g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 116.2mg, Potassium 73.17mg, Total Carbohydrates 13.64g, Fiber 0.72g, Sugar 2.05g, Protein 1.37g
Nutrition analysis is approximate and will vary depending on exact ingredients used. Calculations are based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional Facts are obtained from Radium Technologies' Living Cookbook. However, Allergymom.ca has no affiliation with Radium Technologies and does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.