No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars

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! 

Healthy No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars- Super chewy and with the most amazing texture, these protein snack bars have NO sugar or nasties and cheaper than store bought! {Vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars which have the taste and texture of a classic banana bread MINUS the nasties- Secretly healthy! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe

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.

No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars which have the taste and texture of a classic banana bread MINUS the nasties- Secretly healthy! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe

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.

2 words.

PINTEREST FAIL.

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. 

No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars which have the taste and texture of a classic banana bread MINUS the nasties- Secretly healthy! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe

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. 

No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars which have the taste and texture of a classic banana bread MINUS the nasties- Secretly healthy! {vegan, gluten free, paleo 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!

No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars which have the taste and texture of a classic banana bread MINUS the nasties- Secretly healthy! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}

Make these healthy no bake banana bread protein bars and when life hands you lemons, ask for a damn overripe banana. 

No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars
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!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups gluten free oat flour (For the paleo option, use 1 cup coconut flour)
  2. ½ cup coconut flour, sifted (Can sub for almond or more oat flour)
  3. ½ cup vanilla vegan or paleo friendly protein powder
  4. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)*
  5. 1 T cinnamon
  6. 1/4 cup almond butter (can sub for any nut butter)
  7. ½ cup brown rice syrup (sub for maple syrup in the paleo version)
  8. 1 small banana, mashed
  9. 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice (optional)
  10. 1 T + dairy free milk of choice**
Instructions
  1. Line a large baking dish with greased paper and set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener, cinnamon and mix well.
  3. 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.
  4. Using a spoon, add the dairy free milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
  5. Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. * I omitted the sweetener as my vegan protein powder was sweetened
  2. ** Depending on the flour/protein powder combination, you may need more or less. I used up to 3/4 cup with the paleo version.
  3. If your batter is too thin (depending on size of banana) add a dash more coconut flour until firmer.
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61 thoughts on “No Bake Banana Bread Protein Bars

  1. I’ll be super annoying and suggest that you should have waited to share this recipe until you have access to riper bananas in California – just saying 😉
    I love the sound of these. The best about it is that I won’t have to share with Stefan. He despises bananas. Making those tomorrow!

  2. LOL. It’s a running joke in our family about what you read on the internet…just because you read it on the internet doesn’t make it true. Whoever is doubting whatever is being said pulls that out. There are times it is annoying. But obviously it is true. 🙁 Your Pinterest fail makes for a funny story though! Regardless, your banana bars look absolutely wonderful!

  3. Haha! I’ve totally seen that Pinterest hack about bananas, too. And now I won’t try it thanks to you! I appreciate the little things you do, mate…like checking these Pinterest hacks out to see whether they are legit or not. You should try some more!

  4. Banana + apple + plastic bag = speedy ripening. Let the fruit get cozy in the bag and you’ll laugh at your evil oven. I used to do that regularly when supermarkets around seemed to be out of ripe bananas every time I stopped by.

  5. These look awesome Arman and I love the fact that it’s not like 50% nut butter that so many of these DIY bars are…. You know how expensive nut butter is here! Ha!
    I don’t think there is a hack…. Unless you want to move back to the sunshine. I popped my bananas by the window for a couple of hours and boom ripe nanars for the win!

  6. You blew up a banana?! I’m Lolololololing at you right now 😛 But to be fair, I tried the oven banana thing, and while it definitely makes them brown, I’m not quite sure it makes them any sweeter. I have the same issues with bananas refusing to ripen in the Great White North 😥

  7. Just put my first batch in the fridge 🙂 Assuming these have to be stored in the fridge, about how long do they keep? Thank you!

  8. Just made a batch of these this morning. I am so glad I did! I baked half of them just to see how they would turn out. Both the no bake and the baked are delicious! I have just about decided yours is the only food blog I need!
    thanks for all the great recipes. They are all so quick and easy!

    Ashley

  9. ok – slightly confused…if I use coconut flour do I just use 1 1/2 cup?? That’s what it looks like….just want to get it right can’t wait to make them for the kids for next weeks breakfast 🙂 Thanks for yummy ideas 😉

    1. Hi there! You’d use a total of 1 1/2 cups (the 1 cup to replace the 2 cups of oat flour) AND the extra 1/2 cup- You’ll probably see that you need a little more dairy free milk too 🙂 Enjoy and thank you- I’m envious of your kids! 😀

      1. I made them….I like them…I will make them again 🙂 Thanks!!!! and I did have to add a bit more coconut milk but I get it and they are easy. I think next time I will add a bit more banana and some cacao nibs 😉 mmmmmm Thanks again, love all the fun ideas <3

  10. The oven never works properly for making a banana ‘ripe’ but if you put it in the microwave 30 seconds at a time it’s always worked! Usually takes about 1.5 -2 mins

  11. Well aren’t you a joy?! I can’t wait to try this recipe… and I actually ENJOYED your words and didn’t just automatically scroll to the bottom for the recipe like I do most other blogs.

  12. Thanks so much for this recipe! My son LOVES these bars. I have to make a batch almost weekly because he eats them so fast but it’s a snack I am happy to oblige 🙂 I use Pea Protein and agave and they work great. Keep the recipes coming!

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