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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

30 Day= 30 New recipes Challenge

I'm starting the challenge off with a recipe I have actually made before, but couldn't resist because it's a perfect Back to School recipe. Perfect for after school treats. (I'll tack on another recipe at the end for the challenge!)
Monkey Bars
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 Tbsp apple juice
combine raisins and apple juice, microwave on high for 1 min.
1 Cup unbleached flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter , softened
1 mashed ripe banana
3 Tbsp buttermilk, lowfat
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
cooking spray or tsp butter
1 Tbsp powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350. COmbine flour and next 4 ingredients. Stir together. Combine brown sugar and butter and beat together until well blended. Add banana and next 3 ingredients beating well. COmbine with flour mixture until just combined, do not overmix. Stir in raisins. Coat 8 inch square baking pan with cooking spray or a little butter. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes until golden. Cool completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into squares. =16 servings
Note- if you don't have buttermilk (and not many people have it in the fridge all the time), you can substitute plain yogurt, non-fat or low fat. I have even taken the plain part of the yogurt off a container of Dannon- in this recipe pineapple would be great. You do get a little of the flavor of the fruit even if you just use the plain yogurt off the top.

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