No Bake Banana Bread Energy Bars

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No oven, no problem! If you are a banana bread lover, but you don’t have the possibilities or time to bake decent banana bread, you should continue reading. These No Bake Banana Bread Energy Bars are not only delicious but also healthy, and it takes less than 20 minutes to whip them up! (The original recipe says 10 minutes, but it took me a little bit more time with my happy, little helper 😉 .) And guess what is perfect also; they are full of protein, healthy fats and fibers to keep you satisfied and going, without any added sugar!

In the original recipe these bars are called protein bars, but I prefer name energy bar, because of the contents. In any case, these yummy bars are also suitable for those who follow a paleo, vegan and gluten free diets, when ingredients are chosen right!

 

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For 16-20 bars you’ll need:

4.7 dl of oat flour (you can make them yourself by running oats on your blender until they become flour, and use gluten free/ more coconut flour if you prefer)
1.2dl of coconut flour, sifted (you can also use almond flour)
1.2dl of vanilla protein powder (vegan or paleo if you prefer)
2 Tbsp. of granulated sweetener of choice (optional, if your protein powder is sweetened, you don’t necessarily need this)
1-1,5 Tbsp. of cinnamon
0.6dl of almond butter (or any other nut butter you prefer)
1.2dl of brown rice syrup (or maple syrup or agave syrup)
1 medium ripe banana, mashed (A jar of banana-flavored baby food works also if you don’t have ripe banana)
0.6-1dl of chopped nuts of choice (I used hazel nuts this time)
2-8 Tbsp. of dairy free milk of your choice (Depending on the flour/protein powder combination, you may need more or less. I used almost 1dl)

Instructions

• Line a baking dish with baking sheet 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 mashed banana and mix until combined. The batter should be crumbly. Add the nuts in this point, if you use them.
• Add the dairy free milk of your choice one spoonful at a time mixing well either with your hand or a big spoon until a thick, firm batter is formed.
• Transfer the dough in to lined baking dish and press firmly.
• Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and slice into bars.

Store the them in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

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The original recipe can be found here:
http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/12/15/no-bake-banana-bread-protein-bars/

 

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