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Paleo Banana Bread Protein Bars | Grain and Dairy Free

These Paleo Banana Bread Protein Bars are not only super delicious and extra moist, but they’re also grain free, dairy free, and gluten free! But, I promise you no one will ever know just how healthy they are. Between Darrell and I, these bars only lasted three days in our house – yes, they’re that irresistible.

So, I went ahead and made multiple batches of these banana bread bars and froze half of them for later this month. That’s right – these bars are freezer friendly, and I’m going to show you how to meal prep and store them for batch prepping below.

The BEST Paleo Banana Bread Protein Bars

When Fall season starts, my tastebuds immediately start to crave homemade baked goods, especially banana bread. And, these banana bread protein bars definitely do not disappoint! It’s so flavorful, and the texture is the perfect balance of fluffy and moist.

And, the added protein to this recipe not only means you can have these as a healthy on-the-go breakfast, but it ensures that you’ll stay fuller for longer compared to eating regular banana bread. This banana bread recipe is so flexible too! You can create different variations of it by adding in things like – chopped nuts and seeds, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried fruit, etc. And, best of all, the kids will love these too!

Paleo Banana Bread Protein Bars Recipe Video

If you’re a visual learner, you’ll definitely want to watch my step-by-step tutorial on how to make these delicious banana bread protein bars.

Paleo Banana Bread Bars Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and you probably already have most of them in your pantry.

  • Bananas: Make sure your bananas are super ripe with spots for the best flavor and texture.
  • Wet Ingredients: You’ll need eggs, raw honey or maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Dry Ingredients: You’ll need almond flour, aluminum free baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt.
  • Protein Powder: The protein powder is actually optional in this recipe. I like to use my unflavored collagen peptides, but any unflavored protein powder will work.
  • Optional Add-Ins: Get creative with it and add in things like chopped nuts and seeds, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried fruit, etc.

How To Make Paleo Banana Bread Protein Bars

This may be the easiest bread recipe you’ll ever make. There’s only three simple steps.

  • Step 1: In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Then, use an immersion blender to puree the bananas.
  • Step 2: In the same bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk to combine. Then, add the dry ingredients and continue mixing until fully combined and all of the lumps are gone.
  • Step 3: Pour bread mixture into an 8×8 baking dish and bake the bread. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

How To Meal Prep These Bars for Breakfast

For Meal Prepping: If you want to include these paleo banana bread protein bars into your weekly breakfast meal prep rotation, I recommend pairing them with something like berries and a boiled eggs or two. This way, you’re getting in a well rounded meal of healthy proteins, fats, and carbs to keep you full and satisfied all morning long.

How To Store These Bars for Batch Prepping

If you’re like us, you’ll go through these bars in just a few days. But, don’t worry, you can actually batch prep these bars and freeze them for up to one month.

Refrigerator: These will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Freezer: These will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 30 days.

How-To Freeze: I recommend wrapping each bar individually with any type of freezer-friendly wrap (i.e. saran wrap) so you can defrost them one or two at a time as you need them. Place them in the fridge overnight and they should be thawed out by morning. If not, just let them sit at room temperature for about an hour, and they should be go to go!

This is a great idea for when you need a quick breakfast, snack, or dessert in a crunch for you and the whole family.

Banana Bread Protein Bars | Paleo & Grain Free

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Kayla Chandler Course: Breakfast, Desserts, SnacksDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes

Paleo Banana Bread Protein Bars for a delicious, filling healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert. These are gluten free, grain free, and dairy free.

Ingredients

  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 2 2 Ripe Bananas (1.5 for less moisture)

  • 2 2 Eggs

  • 3 Tbsp 3 Raw Honey (or maple syrup)

  • 1 tsp 1 Vanilla Extract

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Melted Coconut Oil (or avocado oil, butter, or ghee)

  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 C. 2 Almond Flour (loosely packed)

  • 1 tsp 1 Aluminum Free Baking Soda

  • 2 tsp 2 Cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Nutmeg

  • Pinch of Sea Salt

  • 20 grams 20 Unflavored Collagen Peptides (or any protein powder)

  • Optional Add-Ins: Chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, dried fruit, etc.

  • Optional Toppings: Banana slices, chopped nuts or seeds, etc.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease or line an 8×8 baking pan/dish and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the bananas and roughly mash with a fork. Then, puree the bananas with a handheld immersion blender.
  • In the same bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk until combined. Then, add the dry ingredients and continue mixing until fully combined and all lumps are gone. **Add your preferred add-ins at this time (I didn’t add any).
  • Transfer the bread mixture to the baking dish and spread out as evenly as possible. Add your preferred toppings (I added banana slices & chopped pecans). Bake the bread for 25-30 minutes or until the center in set and the edges are slightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing and serving.
  • For storage: These will last in the fridge for up to 7 days and in the freezer for up to 30 days. For freezing, I recommend wrapping each bar individually with freezer-friendly wrap (i.e. saran wrap) so you can defrost them one or two at a time.

Items Used

Recipe Video

Notes & Nutrition

  • NUTRITION – Serving Size: 1 Bar (makes 8) Calories: 255kcal Carbohydrates: 16.5g Protein: 10g Fat: 18g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g

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One Comment

  1. Alina Allison

    I just made this recipe and have to admit for it being healthy these are PHENOMENAL!! Highly recommend making them with chocolate chips & pecans. Really boosted the flavor. Delicious!! 10/10

     

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