Banana Nut Protein Bars

October 28, 2010

in Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

These Banana Nut Protein Bars are a quick and easy make-ahead snack option. Perfect if you have leftover bananas and great for the whole family. These bars can be made no-bake or baked.  When they’re baked, they are a bit more dry and chewy, when un-baked they make a yummy and sticky snack bar. Either way, they’re delicious and are done in no time flat!

Banana Nut Protein Bars
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These Banana Nut Protein Bars are great to make for snacks. Can be made no-bake as well as baked. Gluten free, and a great way to use leftover bananas!
Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 16
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter, smooth
  • ¼ cup stevia baking blend *
  • 1½ medium banana's pureed in blender or mashed
  • ⅓ c chopped walnuts (I used the already chopped walnut crumbs)
  • 1 c old fashioned oats or quick oats (for no-bake)
  • ¾ cup whey protein powder, vanilla (low carb, low sugar kind)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (or not if you want them no-bake)
  2. Mix all together in large bowl.
  3. Spread into an 8x8 square pan.
  4. If baking, bake for 12-14 minutes until golden around the outside, and just cooked in the middle.
  5. DO NOT OVERBAKE, or they will be dry!
  6. Let cool and cut into 16 squares.
For sweetener, you could also use ¼ c honey, agave, 6 stevia packets, ¼ c substitute. But nutrition will be higher if you use honey or agave.
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 116 Fat: 6 g Carbs: 10 g Sugar: 1.7 g Sodium: 30 mg Fiber: 2.2 g Protein: 7.2 g

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  • suzie

    Im allergic to nuts, do you think it would be gross with soy? Or
    can you suggest something other to replace the nuts? Thanks

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Hey Suzie! In this recipe you could just totally leave the nuts out. Or if you wanted something else, you could add chia seeds or hemp seeds! Enjoy 🙂

  • Amber

    Wow I made these last night….I sprinkled some unsweetened coconut on them since I had made them a little too wet and decided not to bake mine!! They now taste like chick-o-sticks!!!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Awesome! So glad you like them 🙂

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  • Marlene

    I made these, they were great! I used almonds instead of the walnuts, honey instead of stevia blend, and switched the oats with “gogo quinoa” gf hot cereal blend (amaranth flakes, quinoa flakes, buckwheat porridge, chia). Baked for 13 min. Enjoyed by the entire family! Thanks!!

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Awesome! Great subs! Glad you liked it!

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  • Me!

    These are really good! I milled the walnuts and underbaked them a bit and I felt like I was cutting into brownies. A keeper.

    • Liam

      Oh me, oh my… I made these last night and used your trick of underbaking them (10 mins) and, after trying them right now, I can confirm they were fudge-like and ab-so-lutely delicious!

      Your recipes are quickly becoming my snack bible, Kristine!

      • Kristine Fretwell

        Thanks Liam! Happy to hear that! Glad you like them!

  • Danielle

    Just made these…….so good! What’s the best way to store them so they don’t go moldy too fast or dry out?

    • Kristine Fretwell

      I would freeze them! Then when u want one just pop it out and let it thaw for 10 min…
      Kristine Fretwell, Busy But Healthy,

      • Kristi Cook

        Can I substitute sweeter with honey or agave nectar

        • Kristi Cook

          Can I substitute the sweetener with honey or agave nectar and if I do does it change the nutrition slot.

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