May 11, 2020

# Bars # Gluten Free

Chocolate Banana Pie Squares (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free)


These bars are amazing! I love the filling because it is just bananas! (pun intended)
They are such a great healthy alternative for any chocolate or banana dessert.
The crust is chocolately and delicate. The filling is packed with banana flavor and so creamy!
They taste just as creamy and maybe even more delicious than your average banana pie. Plus they are gluten free, vegan, and free of refined sugars! I could barely notice myself that they were healthy when I tried them because I really felt like I was indulging!
I adapted them from here and didn't realize until after I finished making them that the creator suggested not using coconut flour. I thought the coconut flour was great though and not dry at all! It also stayed well together after it completely cooled.
I thought they tasted really good warm (if you're ok with the crust falling a part a little) but also awesome at room temperature or cold. If you eat them cold, it gives a more banana pie texture.


Chocolate Banana Pie Squares
Adapted from here

Crust
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup peanut butter
4 tp 6 tbsp almond milk

Filling
3 bananas (at least 1 cup mashed)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp almond extract
almond milk if needed
1/2 cup peanuts
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F and prep a 8x8" square pan
2. Combine all ingredients for crust in a bowl. Add more almond milk if needed so that the dough sticks together when you squish it
3. Press dough into you pan. It may not look like you have enough at first but keep spreading and squishing!
4. Combine all filling ingredients in a food processor except peanuts and chocolate chips
5. Blend until creamy and smooth. Add extra almond milk if needed to help blend (for example if you're using frozen bananas)
6. Add in peanuts and chocolate chips. I like to pulse them into the mixture in my food processor but you could also stir them in
7. Pour over crust and smooth out
8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until filling is set and lightly golden brown on the sides
9. Allow to cool for a few hours or chill. You could eat it warm right away if you want but the crust most likely won't stay together. It still tastes good though!

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