No-Bake Chocolate Banana Bars

After seeing this amazing recipe post on numerous social feeds I decided it was about time I made these minimally sweetened frozen dessert squares. The recipe was originally posted on Oh She Glows food blog as the No Bake Elvis bars. They are vegan, gluten-free, and raw! Be sure to enjoy them straight out of the freezer as they will melt right away. photo

No- Bake Chocolate Banana Bars
 
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 1.5 cup whole almonds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • For the middle layer:
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, peeled
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened slightly
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • For the chocolate drizzle:
  • 3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way. This makes it easy to lift out the bars later on.
  2. For the crust: Add the almonds into a food processor and process until a fine crumb forms, slightly larger than sand. Now add in the rest of the crust ingredients and process until the mixture comes together, scraping the side of the bowl as needed. The mixture should be a slightly tacky and should stick together when pressed with your fingers. If it's not, add a very small splash of water and process again for a few seconds.
  3. Dump the crust mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth out evenly and then press down firmly and evenly into the pan. You can lightly wet your fingers if the crust sticks to them. Use a pastry roller to roll it very smooth, compacting it as much as possible. Place in freezer while you prepare the middle layer.
  4. Middle layer: Give the processor bowl a quick rinse. Add all the middle layer ingredients into the processor and process until smooth. Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the middle layer on top. Smooth out. Return to the freezer for at least 1-1.5 hours to set, until the middle layer is very firm to the touch.
  5. Chocolate drizzle: When the middle layer is completely solid, prepare the topping. In a small pot heat the chocolate and coconut oil on the lowest heat, stirring to combine. When half of the chips have melted, remove the pot from the heat and stir until completely melted. Remove the bars from the freezer. Lift slab out of the pan and slice into squares. Spread out the squares on a plate lined with parchment paper. Drizzle on the melted chocolate and return bars to the freezer until the chocolate is firm and the bars are solid.

 

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