These super easy banana chocolate nut bars made with coconut and oats are vegan and gluten free.
In an effort to avoid those pesky fruit flies, I’ve the adopted the habit of freezing bananas just after their peak of ripeness. I use frozen bananas in a variety of delicious recipes, such as: frozen sorbet, smoothies, banana bread, and waffles. However, our consumption of the frozen bananas must be less than our acquisition of bananas because my freezer was beginning to be overtaken by bananas.
But that is no problem! I cleaned out the freezer, put on my apron, and began experimenting. I grabbed a variety of wholesome ingredients, plugged in the food processor, and in no time at all, filled the kitchen with the smell and taste of these yummy banana oat bars. Enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dessert!
- 1/2 c pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 c sunflower seeds
- 1/4 c chia seeds, optional
- 1/4 c hemp seeds, optional
- 1/2 c almonds, chopped
- 1/2 c walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 c unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 c flax
- 3 c Old Fashioned oats
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 c carob powder
- 1 t vanilla
- 8 oz organic dates, pitted
- 8 ripe bananas (if frozen, defrost them in the microwave)
- 1/2 c beet (if frozen, defrost)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 large cookie sheets. Process nuts and seeds in food processor and transfer to large mixing bowl. Add coconut, flax, oats, cinnamon, cocoa powder, carob powder, and vanilla to mixing bowl. Process dates in food processor. Add bananas and beets and process until smooth. Add bananas, beet, date mixture to large mixing bowl and mix all ingredients well.
Pour mixture onto greased cookie sheets and spread evenly onto pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for about 5-10 minutes, then cut into squares using butter knife. Use a large spatula to transfer oat bars onto cooling rack to cool. Can be frozen in freezer safe bags. Banana oat bars are great for breakfast, lunches, snacks, and dessert. Enjoy!
They Don’t Stick Around Very Long!