Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Bars - No flour, No Dairy, and No Added Sugar!

Every week, I try to find a new recipe to share with you that contains no flour, no dairy and no added sugar.

I do this because:

1) I know I'm not the only one with a dairy intolerance & a sweet tooth


2) I know how addicting sugar can be.

It didn't take me long to find this recipe this morning. This woman is a genius - these are SO good!

No flour, no dairy, and no added sugar?

Ummmm yes, please!

So let's get right to it!

What you need:
  • 2 1/4 cups Oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (gluten free, if desired)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup honey (agave nectar if you're completely vegan)
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)

    For chocolate drizzle:
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (vegan, if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9x9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

To make oat flour: Place oats into blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour. You may need to stop blender and stir oats a couple of times to ensure that all oats have been blended. I used my Nutri-bullet.

Transfer oat flour medium bowl; whisk in baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.

Add bananas, vanilla, applesauce, and honey to a separate bowl or a blender; blend (or use a hand mixer) for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Add to oat flour mixture and mix until just combined. Gently fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. 

Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly with rubber spatula. 

Bake for 15 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool 10-15 minutes on wire rack.

Prepare drizzle by adding 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high 30 seconds; stir well to combine then drizzle over the top of bars. 

2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp coconut oil

After 30 seconds in the microwave, drizzle over bars

Cut bars into 16 squares and enjoy!

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