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Chocolate-Banana Energy Bars

Coconut flakes, almonds, and dates come together with bananas and cacao nibs to make these homemade energy bars.
Chocolate and banana energy bar.
  • Yield Approximately 12 bars
  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 25–30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 2 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana
  • 1 tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs. brown-rice syrup

Directions

STEP 1
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
STEP 2
Place coconut flakes and almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times until chopped into pebble-size pieces. Scrape mixture into a bowl.
STEP 3
Add oat flour, cocoa powder, and sea salt to nut mixture and stir until combined.
STEP 4
Place dates in the bowl of food processor and process until they form a paste.
STEP 5
Add cacao nibs, mashed banana, vanilla extract, and brown-rice syrup to dates and process until combined.
STEP 6
Add half of the nut mixture to the food processor and process until combined. Add remaining nut mixture and process again.
STEP 7
Scrape mixture into prepared dish. Use a second sheet of parchment paper and press down firmly until the mixture forms one tightly packed layer.
STEP 8
Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until slightly golden at the edges.
STEP 9
Let dish cool for 10 minutes, then use the parchment-paper edges to lift the uncut bars out of the dish. Place on a wire rack and cool completely before slicing into bars.
STEP 10
Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature for one week or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Freeze for up to three months and thaw before enjoying.

This recipe originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Experience LifeLife Time’s whole-life health and fitness magazine. 

Photography by: John Mowers

Kaelyn
Kaelyn Riley

Kaelyn Riley is an Experience Life associate editor.

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