A Healthy Snack Recipe

One of my goals for 2013 is to continue cutting out as much processed food as possible and keep healthy homemade snacks on hand.  The inspiration for this recipe came from the back of a graham cracker box, but I substituted and added whole grains and coconut oil to make it more nutritious.  The original recipes uses condensed milk and I couldn't come up with a healthier substitution....any one want to share one ?

Banana Graham Cookie Bars

1 1/2 cups graham crackers finely crushed

1/4 cup flax seed meal

3 Tbsp. wheat germ

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup coconut oil

3 mashed ripe bananas

1-2 cups dark chocolate chips

1 cup finely chopped almonds

1 cup flaked coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  To make the graham cracker crumbs, run them through a food processor or place the graham crackers in a plastic bag and roll a rolling pin over until finely crushed.

2.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3.  Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, flax seed, wheat germ, flour, and baking powder.

4.  In another bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk, coconut oil, and bananas until smooth.  Add vanilla extract.  Add crumb mixture and stir until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips, almonds and coconut.

Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan and bake 30 min or until set. 

These are so good and got 4 stars from my little ones!