Okay, I have to admit something first off. I really like banana bread. Like, a lot. Sometimes I’ll buy bananas that are a little overripe in hopes that my daughters won’t eat them before they go in the freezer, waiting their beautiful transformation.
All that being said, I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I will as soon as I get home. It’s from Nutritionist in the Kitch and sounds delicious. The blog describes it like homemade Larabars, which is right up my alley. Enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Energy Bars (vegan & GF!)
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, then drained
½ cup dehydrated banana, chopped
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
1-2 tbsp water (if needed)
Soak dates, then drain.
Combine dates, walnuts, and chopped dried banana in a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes until well combined, you may need to add in 1-2 tablespoons of water if the mixture is too dry.
Remove sticky mixture from the processor and place in an 8×8 baking dish, lightly greased.
Pour in chocolate chips and fold into the mixture.
Firmly press the mixture down into the baking dish and cover with saran wrap.
Freeze for 30 minutes or more, until hardened, then cut into squares.
Makes 9 bars.
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 243 kcal Fat: 18g Carbohydrates: 20g Sugar: 13g Fiber: 4g Protein: 3g