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Reducing sugar/sweetness in a baking recipe

I don't bake very often, partly because I don't have much of a sweet tooth and mostly because I find flour very annoying. I do, however, have a thing for bananas and chocolate and also enjoy oats and nuts. How far can I cut the sugar and still have a decent result? My intent isn't to cut calories. I just have a low tolerance for sweetness and I'm not interested in subbing anything artificial for the sugar. Here's the recipe:

Banana Oat Breakfast Bars with Chocolate Chunks

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup oats, quick-cooking

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1 cup ( 2 sticks ) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup mashed ripe banana ( about 3 bananas )

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, chunks, or coarsely chopped from bars ( use whatever you have on hand )

1 cup walnuts, toasted ( and ) coarsely chopped

fleur de sel (French sea salt ), optional


1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray & line with parchment paper.

2. Stir flour, oats, baking powder & salt in a medium bowl, set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter until light & fluffy, about 3 minutes.

4. Scrape bowl, add both sugars & beat until well blended.

5. Scrape bowl, add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas & vanilla.

6. Add dry ingredients, stirring just until combined, stir in chocolate & walnuts.

7. Spread batter into prepared pan. (Optional: sprinkle fleur de sel on top before baking)

Bake until a tester inserted into the middle comes clean, 40-45 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack.

What would happen if I cut the amount of sugar in half, for example? Would the texture/volume suffer? Does anyone here fool around with baking recipes? They seem much less flexible than say, spaghetti sauce. Thanks for your help. seagrass

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