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No-Bake Banana Energy Bars have the sweet flavor and crunch of a classic banana nut bread recipe in perfectly portable no-bake snacks. They are packed with superfoods to make them nutritious, but also mini chocolate chips to make them irresistible. Whether on the way to the bus stop in the morning or out of their lunch boxes, the kids will love to munch on these healthy snack bars!
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What’s not new around here? Me making lots and lots of energy bars…
Banana Nut Bread No-Bake Energy Bars
These snack bars are a super sweet, super yummy, superfood-packed way to get the flavor of banana bread in a portable little healthy bite. And they are easily made gluten free and vegan, if you need to or want to.
My kids have been polishing these guys off even for dessert! I guess the little bit of chocolate I put in there doesn’t hurt, but you can certainly leave out the mini chips. But, antioxidants! And, well, chocolate! A little won’t hurt, especially mixed in with fruit and oats and flax seeds and chia seeds. There’s certainly plenty of nutrition to balance a couple of chips.
- Very ripe banana
- Dried pitted dates
- Uncooked rolled oats – gluten free, if needed.
- Ground flax seed or flax meal
- Chia seeds
- Chopped walnuts
- Mini chocolate chips – optional. Use vegan, if needed.
Directions overview – scroll to the recipe card for the full set of instructions
- Line a square pan with parchment paper.
- Add all of the ingredients except walnuts and chocolate chips to your food processor or blender and process until it forms a thick mass. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides as needed.
- Add walnuts and mini chocolate chips to the mixture, and pulse until they are distributed.
- Press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan.
- Place in the freezer until firm. Slice into bars or squares and store the bars in the refrigerator.
Brianne’s pro recipe tips
You can cover the top with more parchment paper and press an equal sized pan firmly on top flatten the bars completely.
Freezing them makes it easier to slice neatly. Otherwise, they are quite sticky. But after they are cut into bars you can store then in a container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
They can be frozen for several months. Just wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container or freezer storage bag.
I typically use my food processor to make these. However, a high-powered blender such as a Blendtec with the Twister Jar is a great option because that jar has a lid with built-in blades for scraping down the sides.
I am a Blendtec ambassador, and should you make any purchases through my Blendtec Store link, I will receive a small commission, but that also means you can use the code CUPCAKESANDKALECHIPS to receive 20% off.
More recipes to make with overripe bananas
- Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Nuts
- Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
- Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
- Banana Avocado Popsicles
- Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Blender Pancakes
More no-bake snack bar recipes
- Apricot Energy Bars
- Cherry Chocolate Energy Bars
- Chia Cherry Lime Energy Bars
- Coconut Mango Energy Bars
No-Bake Banana Nut Energy Bars
- Line a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan with wax or parchment paper.
- Place all ingredients except walnuts and chocolate chips in a high-powered blender (such as a Blendtec) or food processor, and process until the mixture forms a thick mass.
- Break up slightly with a spatula, add walnuts to the mixture, and pulse until the nuts are slightly chopped and distributed.
- Break up the mixture one more time, add chocolate chips and pulse a few times to distribute the chips, or simply stir in the chips.
- Press the mixture into the prepared pan. You can cover the top with more paper and press an equal sized pan to roll the top with a glass to flatten completely.
- Place in freezer until firm, as this will allow you to slice them easier. Otherwise they are quite sticky. Slice into bars or squares and store the bars in the refrigerator.
Originally shared as a contributor post on Princess Pinky Girl.