These healthy no bake banana bread protein bars are soft, doughy and take less than 10 minutes to whip up! They are packed full of protein, fiber and without any added sugar, but you’d never tell! Suitable for those following a paleo, vegan and gluten free lifestyle!
These no bake banana bread protein bars did NOT cooperate.
Ideally, they should have been a darker color, but the Columbus sun did NOT want to ripen them.
I sang songs to the bananas in the hopes of making them overripe.
I whipped my hair back and forth in the hopes of making them overripe.
I tried to sell Alexis at Kroger in the hopes of making them overripe.
I even shook it like jello, made the girls say hello….in the hopes of making them overripe.
Alas, they did not.
Okay, fine. I did no such thing. I found some Pinterest tutorial telling me that my oven could make my once yellow bananas become a glorious, almost deadly brown. Any guesses what happened.
These bananas did not come out brown.
These bananas did not come out mushy and ready to be baked (or in this case, no baked).
These bananas did not come out anything like Pinterest promised me they would.
These bananas burst and left me with a terrible mess.
Safe to say, the bananas for these no bake protein bars didn’t come out that delicious, light brown color I had hoped for and Kroger sold me 2 single bananas in the course of 5 hours.
It seems as though every time I feel as though I’m a roll with something or have finally learned a new kitchen gadget (*cough* ovens *cough*), they come out and spite me. It’s like the time I thought I had the blender down pat and the next time I used it, it splattered blitzed berries in my face and down my t-shirt. Or the time I blew out the Keurig when plugging it into an Australian power point.
I’m golden. 🙂
Luckily, today’s recipe requires no kitchen gadgets whatsoever! Unless you don’t have a brown banana on hand, your bars will look like mine in color. They only need one bowl, less than 10 minutes and the willpower to eat the batter in one go. Although….you could totally do that. Or just make this edible banana bread batter for one.
Okay, I’m getting off topic now. You need this delicious no bake recipe.
These healthy no bake banana bread bars need to happen stat. Why? Because my all time favorite sweet bread is in a no bake bar form! These healthy, protein-packed bars have the taste and texture of a classic bakery-style banana bread but with a healthy makeover- Without sacrificing on taste! These bars are naturally gluten free, paleo, vegan and dairy free- It’s also completely refined sugar-free!
HACK! Don’t have a banana in stock (the horror!) or too lazy to buy one for the recipe? You’re all good! A jar of banana-flavored baby food would be a perfect substitute. I found the beauty of that trick when creating my carrot cake protein bars!
Make these healthy no bake banana bread protein bars and when life hands you lemons, ask for a damn overripe banana.
- 2 cups gluten free oat flour (For the paleo option, use 1 cup coconut flour)
- ½ cup coconut flour, sifted (Can sub for almond or more oat flour)
- ½ cup vanilla vegan or paleo friendly protein powder
- 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)*
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1/4 cup almond butter (can sub for any nut butter)
- ½ cup brown rice syrup (sub for maple syrup in the paleo version)
- 1 small banana, mashed
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice (optional)
- 1 T + dairy free milk of choice**
- Line a large baking dish with greased paper and set aside.
- In large mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener, cinnamon and mix well.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the nut butter and liquid sweetener and heat until melted. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well. Add the banana and mix until combined- The batter should be crumbly. Stir through nuts if desired.
- Using a spoon, add the dairy free milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
- Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- * I omitted the sweetener as my vegan protein powder was sweetened
- ** Depending on the flour/protein powder combination, you may need more or less. I used up to 3/4 cup with the paleo version.
- If your batter is too thin (depending on size of banana) add a dash more coconut flour until firmer.
Have you ever had a Pinterest fail?
Any tips to ripen your bananas WITHOUT an oven?