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Healthy Banana Bars (Paleo/Gluten-Free)

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These healthy banana bars are a delicious banana recipe, made Paleo friendly and gluten-free with bananas, coconut flour, cashew butter, applesauce, and dark chocolate chips. You’ll absolutely love these easy and healthy banana bars for breakfast or dessert! 

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 23 bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter, plus 1 tbsp (divided) *
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened or sweetened depending on preference)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (or pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a 7″ x 11″ glass baking dish with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs,1/4 cup of cashew butter, stirring until creamy.
  • Add in the applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir until blended.
  • Stir in the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until fully combined.
  • Fold in the dark chocolate chips and transfer the combined mixture to the glass baking dish.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until the top and edges are lightly browned.
  • Once the bars are fully baked, remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
  • While the banana bars are cooling, melt 1-2 tbsp of cashew butter in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it reaches a creamy,drizzle consistency.
  • Drizzle cashew butter on top of the banana bars and cut into squares for serving.

Notes

  • If desired, you can substitute cashew butter with any nut butter or nut-free butter of your choice, if desired. (Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, or Peanut Butter if not Paleo)
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 3- 4 days. You can also freeze leftover banana bars in a freezer safe bag.