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zucchini banana bread bars

Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread Bars

Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread Bars with chocolate chips are the BEST way to enjoy a healthier treat when you have a sweet tooth. They also make a great snack since they're packed with fiber and protein.
Course Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Snack
Keyword zucchini banana bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 154 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (from 1 medium zucchini)
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium banana)
  • ¾ cup cashew butter (or can sub peanut, almond butter or tahini)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (dairy free, if desired)
  • For topping:
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (dairy free, if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray to prevent the sides from sticking.
  2. In a large bowl, mix zucchini, banana, cashew butter, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla together until smooth and well combined. 
  3. Add in coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine wet and dry ingredients. Fold in ⅓ cup chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Mine were perfect at 35 minutes. Allow bars to cool on a wire rack.
  5. To make the chocolate drizzle: Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small saucepan and place over low heat. Stir frequently until melted then drizzle over bars.

Recipe Notes

To make vegan: I think you might be able to use flax eggs as a replacement, but I haven't tried it myself yet.

Feel free to use any nut butter instead of cashew butter. If you want to make it nut free, try tahini or sunflower seed butter. Sunflower seed butter will work, but your muffins may turn green; sunflower seeds contain chlorophyll which reacts with the baking soda/powder in recipes when heated and then once cooled, can turn green.

Bars are freezer friendly. If you want to freeze them, simply wait until they are completely cool, then store in an airtight container or freezer safe plastic baggie.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 83
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.2g14%
Saturated Fat 2.8g18%
Carbohydrates 16.6g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7.7g9%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.