"60 Minutes" story: Are you rethinking sugar?

"60 Minutes" story: Are you rethinking sugar?
Chocolate Banana Bar

Writing this blog has been too good of an excuse to indulge in sugar.

And long before I saw a recent "60 Minutes" interview lambasting the white stuff, I  tried to find a cookie recipe that required only fruit as a sweetener--either bananas or dates or prunes or some other fruit used separately or in combination.

Sorry, I couldn't find a recipe that met these strict parameters.

I did find a recipe for Golden Pineapple Carrot Muffins that didn't include sugar. The recipe appeared in  "The Wholesome Junkfood Cookbook" by Dr. Laura Trice.  I made the muffins.

But you know what ingredient they cried out for? That's right: SUGAR! Or honey. Or maple syrup.

Even though the recipe below--Banana-Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars-- calls for sugar, it's  less sugar than similar cookie bar recipes require (3/4 cup versus 1 1/3 cup).  And a lot less less oil or butter, too--a measly 1/4 cup versus 1 1/3 cup. All thanks to the ripe bananas.

The riper the bananas you use, the better. So if bananas go on sale, or you spot a huge box of black bananas for $1.00 that your supermarket wants to get rid of,  grab the soft, disgusting things and make this recipe.

Plus, this  recipe also calls for whole wheat flour, upping the cookies' healthy factor.

The result is sort of a hybrid cookie-brownie-cake, and it's  absolutely delicious, easy to make and freezes well.

I can't ever see cutting out sugar completely. Hardly surprising, right? I just get too much pleasure out of dessert. But I am trying to cut down on sweets. And if you want to do the same, start with this recipe.

Tell me, sugar buzzers: Are you rethinking sugar since last Sunday's "60 Minutes" segment?

Banana-Chocolate Chip Bars

1 2/3 cups, mashed ripe bananas (4-5 bananas)
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tsps. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Banana-Chocolate Chip  Bars

1. Heat oven to 350. Spray a 9" x 12" pan with cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, beat bananas, sugar oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt until mixed well with few bumps from banana.
3. Stir in flour just until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips.
4. Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle top with remaining chocolate chips.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
5. Cool and cut into squares.

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