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Donnis' Banana Bars

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plant-sterol margarine
1 omega-3 egg
1 1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas
½ tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1½ cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1½ Tbsp. orange juice
¼ tsp. almond extract

Prepare a 9x13-inch baking pan by coating with no-stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350°. Using an electric mixer, cream sugar and margarine. Add egg and mix well. Add bananas and vanilla and mix until blended. In a small bowl, combine flours, flaxseed, baking soda and baking powder and gradually add to banana mixture; mix just until blended. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. For frosting: combine all ingredients, mix well and spread over cooled bars. Makes 20 bars.

Nutrition facts per bar: 136 calories, 5gm fat, 1.5gm saturated fat, 2gm protein, 21gm carbohydrate, 122mg sodium, 1gm fiber

Plant-sterol margarines are margarines that contain an added ingredient, plant-sterol esters, which help to lower total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol. Benecol or Take Control brands of plant-sterol margarines are both trans-fat free and are available in two versions; regular fat (8gm fat per tablespoon) and low-fat (5gm fat per tablespoon). You can cook, bake and sauté with the regular fat version. It is a good alternative to butter, regular margarines or shortenings when baking. The low-fat version should be used as a spread for toast, baked potatoes or vegetables.

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