I love to create healthy baked goods.
My diet consists mostly of fruits and vegetables, beans and lentils, tofu and clean mock meats, and some whole grains. For me treats tend to be good vegan chocolate and whatever I bake. Therefore, I bake often!
My focus on healthy whole foods doesn’t end when it comes to baking. I try to keep the sugar to a minimum and incorporate fats only through the use of nuts and seeds.
Mashed banana is an excellent alternative to oil or butter for incorporating moisture, flavor and sweetness into a recipe. Plus, who doesn’t love banana flavored baked goods!
When I decided to make these bars, I was craving something with chocolate. I had bananas on hand, and peanut butter seemed the perfect ingredient to tie it all together. In this case, I used PB2, which is a powder made from defatted peanuts. You simply add a little water, stir it up and voila – low fat peanut butter. You can find it in most grocery stores, but if you aren’t looking to reduce fat in your diet you can use regular peanut butter or other nut butter.
I also used aquafaba in these which helped to give them a lighter, cake-y texture. These definitely satisfy a sweet craving and are great with a cup of tea.
Peanut Butter Banana Chip Bars
- 165 g Bananas, ripe about one and a half medium bananas
- 60 g Oat flour about 3/4 cup
- 30 g Whole Wheat Pastry Flour about 1/4 cup
- 30 g Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder I used pea protein
- 3 tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter or use 1/3 cup of nut butter
- 1/3 cup Aquafaba or 1 flax egg
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
- 40 g Chocolate Chip about 1/4 cup
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl mash the bananas.
- In a separate bowl, mix the powdered peanut butter with water according to instructions on the package. Add to the bananas. If using nut butter instead of the powdered peanut butter, add directly to the bananas.
- Stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the oat and wheat flours, protein powder and the baking powder and soda. Set aside
- In another bowl, whisk the aquafaba until light and foamy. Stir into the wet ingredients until combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula until just combined. Add chocolate chips and stir a few more times.
- Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into the bars comes out clean.