Monkey Bars/Bread

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It all started with a horrible sweet tooth craving. Rummaging through my cupboard and drawers looking at all of this baking supplies inspired me to try these. Actually had almost everything on hand I used dried cherries instead of raisins, and pecans instead of walnuts. For the butter milk you can use a few drops of fresh lemon juice or vinegar in your regular 2% milk to sub out for the butter milk. I added some coconut flakes too! It was amazing and I felt good for not having to purchase ingredients for a recipe.

1/2 cup raisins (you could use other dried varieties such as, cherries, apricots, or cranberries)
1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum or apple juice (Rum is the better than apple juice. Experiment with other liquors)
1 cup all-purpose flour (use wheat or cut this with 1/2 cup of almond flour to lower carbs and increase nutrition)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened -I used coconut oil and it was fine
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk (do the lemon juice in the milk trick or don't worry about it)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (any kind of nuts you feel fit is fine)
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon powdered sugar (for topping)

Monkey Bars Recipe

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Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine the raisins and rum in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high for 1 minute, and set aside. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 3 ingredients (flour through salt) in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Set aside.
Combine brown sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add banana and next 3 ingredients (banana through egg whites), beating well. Add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in raisin mixture and walnuts.
Spread the batter into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool the bars completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

So as you can see this baking item is fairly easy to make. It's pretty healthy for the most part and will fill you sweet tooth craving leaving you with breakfast or a snack for the next few days. I've done all sorts of variations of this I love this recipe. 


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