These banana bread bars are the perfect way to use up ripe bananas – made with simple ingredients and are completely vegan, gluten free, and naturally sweetened.
- 1 1/2 cups (430g) mashed ripe banana (about 4 bananas)
- 3/4 cup (200g) natural almond butter*
- 1/4 cup (85g) pure maple syrup or honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups (160g) oat flour**
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top***
- 3 tbsp finely chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease and line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the banana, almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Once smooth, mix in the oat flour and salt.
- Spread the batter in the pan and top with a sprinkle of extra chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. You know it’s ready when the center feels soft but bounces back when touched.
- Chill the bars for about an hour, then slice and serve. Enjoy!
ALMOND BUTTER – You can also use any nut or seed butter you like. I personally think natural sunflower seed butter tastes really good in these bars! Whatever you use, just make sure it’s natural without any added ingredients.
OAT FLOUR – You can use pre-packaged oat flour or grind your own by blending oats in a food processor. Alternatively, you can try swapping it with almond flour. I haven’t tested it with these bars, but almond flour is a great sub for oat flour in most cases.
CHOCOLATE CHIPS – I used stevia-sweetened chocolate chips that are also vegan. Alternatively, you can use 100% cacao chips or any dairy free chocolate chip you prefer.
STORAGE – Keep these bars in an air tight container in the refrigerator and they will keep for up to 5 days.
NUTRITION 1 bar = 186 calories | 25g carbs | 10g fat | 5g protein
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