Nabisco SnackWells Banana Snack Bars
In 1996, Nabisco built up its growing line of SnackWell's baked products with the introduction of low-fat snack bars in several varieties, including fudge brownie, golden cake, apple raisin, and the chewy banana variety cloned here.
My Snackwells Banana Snack Bars recipe below has a secret ingredient that keeps the fat grams under 2 grams per serving: banana purée. This makes the cake moist while adding real banana flavor. The egg whites rather than whole eggs, molasses and just a little bit of shortening also help maintain flavor and moistness, without too much added fat. Whip it all up, pour it into a pan and bake. Soon you'll have 21 tasty little low-fat snack bars to get you through the week, guilt-free.
Serving Size–1 bar
Calories per serving–118
Fat per serving–1.8g
Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup plus 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 1/2 cups banana puree*
- 3 tablespoons shortening
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla butter nut extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- *Puree whole bananas (approximately 3) in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric mixer until they become thick. Do not use a plastic bowl for this.
3. Add 1 cup of the sugar to the egg whites and continue to beat until the mixture forms soft peaks.
4. Add the brown sugar, molasses, banana puree, shortening, milk and vanilla butter nut flavoring to the mixture, beating after each addition.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.
6. While beating the wet mixture, slowly add the bowl of dry ingredients.
7. Lightly grease a 9x14-inch pan with a light coating of non-stick cooking spray. Be sure to coat the sides as well as the bottom of the pan. Dump about 3 tablespoons of sugar into the pan, then tilt and shake the pan so that a light layer of sugar coats the entire bottom of the pan, and about halfway up the sides. Pour out the excess sugar.
8. Pour the batter into the pan, and spread it evenly around the inside of the pan. Sprinkle a light coating of sugar—about two tablespoons—over the batter. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
>9. Remove the cake from the oven and turn it out onto a cooling rack. When cake has cooled, place it onto a sheet of wax paper on a cutting board and slice across the cake 6 times, creating 7 even slices. Next cut the cake lengthwise twice, into thirds, creating a total of 21 snack bars. When the bars have completely cooled, store them in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container.
Makes 21 bars.
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