These healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Banana Bread Bars are thick, chewy, satisfying and easy to whip up! The perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert using just three ingredients! It’s also naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, allergen-friendly and nut-free!
I hate the term ‘basic white girls’.
Firstly, it has a slightly racist connotation but more importantly, I can relate to several of their infamous traits.
All things pumpkin spice.
If you’ve been around here for the last little while, you’ll know this is no surprise. We’ve had pumpkin spice latte bites, pumpkin spice latte bars and (not shared on here) my daily homemade pumpkin spice latte.
The best thing of the festive season is without a doubt the seasonal flavors which pop over our shelves. I’ve always been a huge fan of International Delights seasonal range, and this season is no different. In the past, I’ve tried their White Chocolate Raspberry, S’mores, Salted Caramel Mocha and Belgian White Chocolate.
Let’s just say this inner ‘basic white boy’ was excited to see Pumpkin Pie Spice make the shelves. When the folk at International Delight offered me the chance to try out the Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer or the Pumpkin Pie Spice Iced coffee, I became greedy.
Instead of choosing one of those to highlight, I choose to have both.
Clearly, any Pumpkin Pie Spice fan needs to evaluate both and let’s just say both were winners. As with any flavored coffees (hot or iced), I had to save the sampling for mid-morning, as I ONLY tolerate strong and black in the morning.
I made a batch of hot brewed black coffee and added a tablespoon of the Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer. It wasn’t too overpowering and just sweet enough- Something which can’t be said for the traditional Pumpkin Spice latte. For the Pumpkin Pie Spice Iced Coffee, I simply poured it over ice and topped it with some whipped coconut cream. A few dashes of pumpkin pie spice on top and voila- I turned into a pumpkin at Midnight.
What goes best with coffee? Well, snacks.
So, I lied. All good things come in three- Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee, Pumpkin Pie Spice iced coffee, and flourless banana bread bars.
When I associate a sweet treat with coffee, I somehow always gravitate towards anything banana flavored. Thinking about it, I’m not sure why banana and coffee are associated together. I mean, the mere thought of it doesn’t sound particularly appealing. However, when in banana BREAD form, it’s another story.
Can we take a second to discuss the bars VS cookies debate? They both have their place in the (food) world, but I must say, I favor bars over cookies. The simple reason for that is that with bars, you really don’t have any room for error, and are so much more portable. They are also more satisfying and the (optional, but not really) chocolate chips are more fairly distributed.
Bars > Cookies.
Actually, Bars + Cookies > None.
Actually, Bars + Cookies + Coffee > None.
Okay, enough of that. Let’s jump into the recipe!
These healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Banana Bread Bars are thick, chewy and use everyday ingredients- Count them, we are only using three! Unlike traditional banana bread which are made with flour, butter, oil, sugar and dairy, these contain none of those. Granted, it’s not like a traditional ‘bread’, but has its own place and one you can feel good about enjoying. Itsatisfyingsying snack or perfect to pair with something protein packed for a hearty, wholesome breakfast. It’s based around gluten free rolled oats, almond butter (or sunflower seed butter, for a nut-free alternative!) and mashed bananas!
Not only are they naturally gluten free, vegan, sugar free (they are naturally sweetened!) and packed with fiber, I’ve also ensured my nut-free friends have an option- Swap out the nut butter for a nut-free alternative!
Let’s talk texture and personal preference!
For those who enjoy thick, chewy and firm banana bread bars…
Follow the instructions as below and cook for the full duration. The edges become slightly more golden brown than in the center, but once cooled, they firm up beautifully. I prefer this way when I want a heartier snack or breakfast- It’s fantastic topped with some cashew butter, peanut butter or a drizzle of coconut butter.
For those who prefer gooey, moist and softer banana bread bars…
Follow the instructions as below, but feel free to add an extra medium sized banana and/or cut back on the gluten free rolled oats. Double check the bars halfway through the cooking time and remove once lightly cooked in the center. Once cooled, they will firm up, but continue to be incredibly gooey in the center! It’s delicious when warmed slightly, and the optional (or well..not really optional) chocolate melts into the bars.
Speaking of chocolate, while optional, I highly recommend it. I mixed through these chocolate chips AND mini chips in the bars (for optimum distribution). Once it had cooled, I drizzled some unsweetened baking chocolate over the top.
Make these healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Banana Bread Bars and release your inner basic and embrace something top notch.
- 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free, if necessary)
- 3-4 medium sized bananas, mashed (approximately 2 cups)*
- 1/2 cup smooth sunflower seed butter OR almond butter (can sub for any nut butter of choice)
- 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- reheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 9 inch baking tray (thinner bars) or 6 x 6 baking tray (thicker bars) with parchment paper. Grease slightly and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, rolled oats, mashed overripe bananas and and nut/seed butter and mix very well. If batter is too thin, feel free to add more oats. Add optional chocolate chips, reserving a few to top.
- Pour batter into the greased baking tray and press down evenly. Top with chocolate chips and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden on the outside and firm in the center. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into bars.
- * If you want a more moist/gooey bar, feel free to increase bananas or cut down on the oats.
- These bars should be kept in the refrigerator, and can last for up to 5 days. They freeze beautifully, and are best to be individually wrapped.
These no bake bars are designed specifically for breakfast- Even the frosting is healthy!
An English muffin ready in less than 3 minutes? You bet. It’s also like banana bread!
Add a boost of protein and finish your workouts with one of these beauties!
These are my favorite muffin of all time, and the world-wide web seems to agree with me!
Maple meets cornmeal meets bread- This needs to be made, yesterday!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.
Have you tried any of International Delights seasonal range?
Cookies OR bars?
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