Breakfast of Champions

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Last night, the Amanses went out for a swim and Tom and I were left to entertain ourselves. We had finished off the oatmeal cookies we made over the weekend and were craving something sweet again so we decided to bake something new. It’s a good thing Manay Kat had ripe bananas for her banana muffins. I took a few and found a good-looking recipe.
Banana-Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate Chips
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups (packed) golden brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I actually put two cups – that worked well – but we’ll have a super hyper baby running around, so the amount of chocolate can vary)
(there were pecans in the original recipe, but we didn’t put any)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 15x10x1-inch baking sheet. Blend first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. Beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add both sugars and beat until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas, then vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, then chocolate. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean and top is golden, about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into 3×2-inch bars and serve.
YAY! The batter baked nicely and was done exactly forty-five minutes after popping it in the oven. It was nice and chewy/gooey – not too soft. 🙂
After it cooled down, we stored it in the refrigerator for the next day. We cut it up into squares and they were perfect with milk. 🙂
~~ found this on my climb up ~~