Banana Chocolate Oat Bars

This is the most amazing banana chocolate oat bar recipe that I discovered on the Ambitious Kitchen blog.  They seriously tasted just like banana bread! With no flour, butter, eggs, or dairy this recipe is relatively healthy….a little bit of dark chocolate is in fact good for you ; ). My sister has been itching for me to make another batch of these heavenly bars, and seeing as it’s almost the weekend, that may just have to happen.photo 2

Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups gluten free oats
  • ½ teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup honey (agave nectar if vegan)
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
  • For chocolate drizzle:
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9×9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To 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. Transfer oat flour medium bowl; whisk in baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. Place bananas, vanilla, applesauce, and honey into blender; blend 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add to oat flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Gently fold in ⅓ cup of 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.
  5. Prepare drizzle by using a double boiler. Heat water to a boil in the bottom bowl. In the top bowl stir 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and coconut oil together until melted and well combine, then drizzle over the top of bars. Cut bars into 16 squares and enjoy!

 

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