Back on the healthier train with these delicious banana bread bars!
Not much else to say besides the fact that I’ve made this recipe about a dozen times already–a true rarity reserved for only the very yummiest recipes.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars (Vegan & Gluten-free)
From Ambitious Kitchen
2 and 1/4 cups gluten-free oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 medium ripe bananas
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey (maple syrup or agave if vegan)
1/3 cup chocolate chips — I used chopped up Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Pound Plus
For chocolate drizzle:
2 tablespoons chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9×9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
Make oat flour: Place oats into blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. You may need to stop blender and stir oats a couple of times to ensure that all oats have been blended.
In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
Place bananas, vanilla, applesauce, and honey into blender and blend 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add to oat flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Gently fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly with rubber spatula. Bake for 15 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool 10-15 minutes on wire rack.
Prepare drizzle by adding 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high 30 seconds; stir well to combine then drizzle over the top of bars. Cut bars into 16 squares and enjoy!
- Bars can be frozen. Simply bake, cool, cut; store in ziploc bag. Reheat individually for 30 seconds in microwave.
- Make sure you read all ingredients and nutrition info to ensure recipe is gluten free/vegan, if that is what you desire.
- Fold in 1/4 cup coconut flakes or extra chocolate chips for an even sweeter treat!
- Extra ripe bananas are best for this recipe.