Do you ever get into that moment when you just NEED to make and eat something sweet, but you don’t know what? Well, that happens me a lot lately. And this is one of those recipes that I made using ingredients that I have, and not any special recipe. My family loved how it turned out, so now I have to make it almost all the time. That is why I decided to share this simple recipe for apple cider syrup and banana squares with you. Maybe it sounds a bit strange of combination, but keep on reading and you will see that it really works.
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As I said, I came up with this recipe not so while ago, while I was sitting and reading, and all of a sudden I had the urge to eat something sweet. To be honest, I am not a big of a fan of buying chocolates and other sweets to have on hand, so I need to make sweets when I want to eat them. For some reason I find that to be very helpful in maintaining healthy weight, and still being able to eat everything I want. Anyways, I went through my pantry and kitchen, and came up with this special recipe.
The first idea was to make banana muffins, because I had a couple of bananas that were about to be over-ripe, but I wanted to use just regular baking pan, because I was lazy for doing dishes, and washing muffin tin. And there you have it, I’ve made these soft and delicious apple cider syrup and banana squares.
Here is the recipe for my Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins, if you have missed it.
Apple Cider Syrup – Natural sweetener
Instead of using regular white sugar, or any other sugar, in this recipe I have decided to use apple cider syrup, which is a natural sweetener, and is absolutely sugar-free. You can make it by your self, but it takes very long time, so I always decide to buy it. It is really healthy and you can use it in your teas, over the pancakes, in vinaigrette, and so on. There are number of possibilities. It is a great substitute for maple syrup or molasses.
Apple cider syrup has a very light sweetness and a bit of tartness of apples, and it is packed with iron, and that is where the dark color comes from.
If you decide to make your own apple cider syrup, this is how you can do it:
- Take the gallon of apple cider and pour it into the deep cooking pan over the medium high heat.
- When it comes to boil, turn the heat down to low, and let it simmer away for 2-3 hours. You need to stir it every once in a while.
- While it cooks away the color will start to get darker, and consistency will become more and more syrupy. Make it as thick (or as thin) as you want.
- Pour it into sterilized jars or bottles, and you can keep it on the shelf for a very long time.
These squares are great for breakfast and snack
I really enjoy eating sweet for breakfast and as a snack, and these apple cider syrup and banana squares are great for both. They are sweet enough to satisfy any sweet tooth, but because they don’t contain sugar, they are actually healthy for you. And to make it even more a healthy snack option, I topped them with crushed hazelnuts and almonds, but if you want you can absolutely leave them out.
You are probably wondering why am I using bananas? Well, I realized that bananas are also a natural sweetener and they make this recipe really soft any fluffy and add some extra fiber. You are not going to be able to taste them, so if you want you can leave them out, or substitute with apple sauce.
This recipe is really easy to make. Just mix everything together in a bowl, pour it into prepared baking pan, and bake it. That’s it! You can also modify the recipe, and use different measures of ingredients, just make sure to adjust baking time.
I really hope that you will enjoy this recipe, as much as I do. Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions. Now let’s make this delicious recipe!
Apple Cider Syrup and Banana Squares
- 2 large ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup Apple Cider Syrup (depends how sweet you want)
- 2 cups spelt flour or regular wheat flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Handful of roasted hazelnuts (Optional)
- Handful of almonds (Optional)
- Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F), and line 23x33cm (9”x13”) baking pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
- Mash bananas in a bowl and add eggs, melted butter and apple cider syrup, and whisk everything together until well combined.
- Now sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, and mix with wooden spoon until there are no lumps.
- Pour the batter into prepared baking pan.
- Crush hazelnuts and almonds with a rolling-pin and sprinkle over the batter.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.
- Turn over on cooling rack, and cool down completely before cutting and serving.
- For serving sprinkle more apple cider syrup on top and enjoy.
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