Just four ingredients, one bowl and 5 minutes is needed to whip up these easy, delicious no bake banana bread blondies! These blondies are soft, fudgy and are healthy too- Naturally gluten-free, paleo and vegan- A snack or treat to enjoy anytime!
Can we take a moment to turn back the clocks to my final week in New York City?
The week before I left, my friends from Australia (who lived in the city) wanted to have dinner and catch up one last time before we’d see each other again (hopefully Christmas!). Because I was in a haste when we spoke on the phone, I thought I’d told them ‘Come over for dinner and we’ll get subs’ but they heard it as though it was ‘come over for dinner and we’ll make subs’.
Anyway, Tuesday night came and I had intentions to go to the deli and pick up three different subs and to split between the three of us- One meatball, one pepperoni and onion (SO GOOD) and one feta/sundried tomato hybrid. My friends came over with a bottle of wine and proclaiming they couldn’t wait to eat something savory from my kitchen (they’d been taste testers for most of my recipes up until that point- aka All sweet). When I told them that I’d grab some subs after we’d hung out for a bit, they looked at me like I was the grinch.
“You said come over for dinner.”
“You said you’d make us subs.”
“I said I’d GET us subs!”
“As much as we like you’re no bake *INSERT EVERY CREATION SINCE MAY 2015 HERE*, we’d like something savory or is this something you don’t know how to do?”
Oh, ZING. Guilt tripping me by prodding my ego with a kale leaf.
Remember this recipe for Copycat Subway Meatballs marinara sandwiches I shared a couple of weeks back? These were the goodies we consumed. I used my Gardein beef crumbles to whip up my vegan sweet and spicy meatballs but because I wanted variety, I also had a package of their teriyaki chick’n strips. I also made some paleo sweet and salty meatballs using their crumbles. Call me cliche, but I also wanted to recreate Subway’s version of that sandwich too. Let’s not discuss the omission of their sauce which was replaced by mustard.
PS- See those desserts? Yep. They were as delicious as beautiful as they were.
Anyway, even though this was what could constitute a cop-out meal, it satisfied my sub craving and proved to my friends that I could
form balls with beef crumbles make some delicious subs. Cheers to for proving quick and easy meals CAN be done to prove cooking skills when your friends expect a home-made dinner.
So where do these blondies come into play?
Same concept. My friends who were over for dinner didn’t just want subs- They wanted dessert too. As I was in the middle of packing, I clearly didn’t have much stock on hand but that didn’t stop me.
Misinformation + no time + minimal ingredients = Play it by ear and hope for the best. Friends, we’ve got another game-changing recipe here- Healthy four ingredient no-bake banana bread blondies.
These healthy, four ingredient no-bake banana bread blondies are your answer to a quick snack, healthy dessert or sweet treat ready in just 5 minutes! It literally uses one bowl, one quick mix using your hands and transferring to a lined container and voila- You just need to wait for it to firm slightly. These doughy, fudgy and delicious banana blondies are much healthier than traditional baked blondies- They are high in fiber (thanks to my edible bestie, coconut flour), refined sugar-free and pack a decent protein punch, thanks to the nut butter. These are also perfectly suitable for those following a paleo, vegan and gluten-free lifestyle!
Taste hack- I know the appeal of ‘ready in 5 minutes’ is tempting and that statement is true but for optimum taste, I’d recommend freezing these for 10 minutes beforehand- They come out even sweeter than before.
Make these Healthy Four Ingredient No-Bake Banana Bread Blondies and if you have friends arrive with intentions of YOU whipping something up- You’re covered.
(If your kitchen is like mine. Ho Ho Ho.)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium ones)
- 1/4 cup cashew butter (can sub for another nut butter)*
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (can sub for another sticky sweetener)*
- Dairy free Chocolate chips (optional)
- In a mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour and banana and mix well- This should be very crumbly.
- In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter with liquid sweetener and pour into the dry mixture. Mix until fully incorporated and a thick batter is formed. Add chocolate chips if desired.
- Transfer batter to a lined container or small baking tray and refrigerate for 10-20 minutes, until firm. It can also be frozen briefly.
- * If batter is still too thick, add an extra tablespoon of nut butter/sticky sweetener.
- Blondies are best
- Blondies can be kept at room temperature but best refrigerated or frozen.
You need to cook. What is something you whip up in no time?
Have you ever tried a meat-free substitute?