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Monkey Bars Recipe

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This recipe for Monkey Bars, by , is from Cooking with Mary, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Beth Lewis


1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 tablespoon dark rum or apple juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter. softened
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
3 tablespoon low fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine raisins and rum in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, and set aside. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 3 ingredients (flour through salt) in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Set aside.
Combine brown sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Add banana and next 3 ingredients (banana through egg whites) beating well. Add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in raisin mixture and walnuts.
Spread the batter into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until golden. Cool the bars completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
16 servings/bars




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