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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars

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The smell and taste of banana bread always takes me back to my Great Grandmother’s kitchen.  As a little girl it seemed as though she spent every waking moment in there.  I know this isn’t true, just the perception as  little girl who use to bounce around her feet just like a puppy dog waiting for crumbs of food.  She made everything from scratch and prepared every meal we ate.  I can really only remember eating out once in all the times that I stayed with my Great Grandparents.

It was pretty much a given that no matter what she was making, she would give me a small portion of the batter, dough or whatever it was so I could play with it and make my “mini foods”.  Back then and even today I have always had a fetish with trial sized items.  It didn’t matter what it was.  When I stayed there they would give me a handful of coins and with much excitement my friend Bonita and I would ride our bikes into town (a VERY small town in North Dakota).   I would stand in the aisle of Ben Franklin’s contemplating what I wanted to buy.  It was always a toss between a goldfish and a trial sized item from the travel section.

Anyway, back to the kitchen.  Whenever she would make banana bread she would always hand over some of the batter and some miniature bread pans so I could make my own little treats for my girlfriend Bonita and myself.  I love all those cherished memories.  That is why when I fired up my dehydrator and the warm air combined with these amazing ingredients…I was transported  back  in time.  I hope this recipe brings you as much pleasure as it does me.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled, gluten-free oats, soaked and dehydrated
  • 4 cups of organic apples, diced (approx. 3 apples) – pulsed
  • 3 cups of organic apples, diced (approx. 2 apples) – blended
  • 2 cups raw walnuts, chopped (soaked & dehydrate)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 bananas, blended (ripe!)
  • 2 bananas, diced (ripe!)
  • 3/4 cup raw chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp raw sunflower nut butter (or your choice of nut butters)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (not vegan) or agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup flax meal (see below)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation:

 

  1. In the food processor pulse the walnuts, breaking them down in medium-sized chunks and place in a large bowl.
  2. Pulse 4 cups of apples in your food processor and transfer to the bowl with the walnuts.
  3. In the food processor, blend together; 3 cups of apples, 2 bananas, sunflower butter, vanilla, honey, flax meal (**make flax meal by grinding the flax seeds in a coffee grinder of a Bullet) , and cinnamon until smooth and creamy.  Pour into the large bowl with the pulsed apples.
  4. Stir in the; oats, walnuts, raisins, 2 diced banana, and chocolate chips.
  5. To press into bars: I used a large cookie sheet that had a lip.  I lined it with parchment paper and then spread the bar batter evenly, covering the complete cookie sheet.
  6. Place another sheet of parchment paper on top and using the same sized cookie sheet I placed another on top and pressed down firmly.
  7. Place the cookie sheets in the freezer to firm up the bars for approx. 1 hour.  About the time it takes to clean up the kitchen. :)
  8. Remove the bars when nice and cold, this will help you score them into the desired shapes.
  9. Remove the top cookie sheet and flip the batter onto the counter top.  The batter should still be sandwiched in parchment paper.
  10. Using a knife (be sure to protect your counter top) cut through the parchment paper, cutting the bar batter in half.
  11. Remove the top parchment paper and using either a knife or cookie cutter, score the bars into the desired shape.  Cover with the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator (this works perfectly with the Excalibur Dehydrator)  and then place the tray on top of that.  Now flip the tray over, holding on top the bottom parchment paper. Still with me?  Sounds complicated but it’s really easy.  Once flipped over the batter should now be on the mesh sheet.  Peel off the parchment paper.
  12. Slide the tray into the dehydrator and dehydrate at 105 degrees for approx. 16 hours.
  13. Store in an air tight container and place in the fridge.  These will freeze well too.

 

Option:

  1. You could make cookie shapes with this batter as well.  Using an ice scoop in any size.  Follow the same directions for dehydrating and storing.
  2. One other option is to spread the batter out thinly on the non-stick sheets that come with your dehydrator and make a granola out of it.

 

9 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars

  1. Eftychia says:

    This is delcious! Simply delicious!

  2. Judy says:

    Hello Amie Sue, I stayed up later than normal for me, to make these!! They are in the dehydrator now and they were really fun to make!! THANK YOU again for this awesome website and sharing your wonderful creations !!

    Blessings,
    Judy

    • amie-sue says:

      Now you sound like me Judy. hehe I have a hard time getting myself out of the kitchen. :) Please let me know how they turn out. Blessings and good night. amie sue

  3. Judy says:

    Hello Amie Sue! WOW WOW WOW!! They are AMAZING :) I will be making a second batch!! My husband of 28 years said…Hun I found these treats in your dehydrating room, are there more somewhere? He LOVED them too!!! THANK YOU!! Blessings & Hugs, Judy

    • amie-sue says:

      Well Judy, you ended my day with a huge smile on my face. I love your little story and thank you for sharing it with me. Isn’t it a sweet blessing to make such wonderful healthy treats for our loving husbands?! Bob is my driving force… to keep him stocked with ample healthy foods. It brings me such joy. Many blessings Judy! hugs amie sue

  4. Jeanette says:

    I have newly gone raw and was excited to find your website. I have this recipe in my dehydrator right now and it smells absolutely wonderful. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and time you have put into the site.

    • amie-sue says:

      Welcome Jeanette :)

      I am glad that you found my site and I hope it inspires you to add in healthier food choices into your diet. I love those bars that you are making and I remember that heavenly aroma…aaaah love it!

  5. Alex says:

    Hallo Amy,

    These are just fabulous! Will be making them often I can tell. My hon happily takes them along to work. Thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      These are one of my favorites too! But then I love bananas! And anything that resembles the flavor of banana bread. Darn, my stomach is growling just thinking about it. hehe Have a wonderful day Alex. amie sue

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