Food & Recipes

The Sneaky Chef: Monkey Bars

by Missy Chase Lapine

The Sneaky Chef: Monkey Bars

This dessert treat sneaks in baby food — only you’ll know how healthy it is!

Makes 1 dozen.

  • Cooking spray
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sweet-potato baby food (stage 1 or 2)
  • 1/4 cup carrot baby food (stage 1 or 2)
  • 2 large bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup white-chocolate chips (optional)

Note: Carrot and sweet-potato baby food can be used interchangeably; use one or the other, or both, as long as it totals 1/2 cup.

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray the bottom, not the sides, of an 11 by 7-inch or a 9-inch-square pan.

2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter, sugar, and salt. Remove from heat, and allow mixture to cool about 5 minutes.

3. Whisk in the baby food, bananas, vanilla, and egg yolks. Add the oats and flour, and mix until just combined. Pour the entire mixture into the prepared baking pan, and bake for 40 to 43 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Allow to cool completely in pan before cutting. If desired, melt the white-chocolate chips in the microwave (on high for 15-second intervals), then drizzle across the bars.

Adapted from The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue: 101 All-New Recipes and “Sneaky” Tricks for Creating Healthy Meals Kids Will Love(Running Press, April 2009).

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