I adapted these bars from Oh She Glows. They are great for a quick breakfast, a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or even as a dessert after dinner. I was excited when I stumbled upon the recipe, but even more excited when I changed it to exclude any sweetener (other than stevia) at all. The unsweetened version tastes better than the original, in my opinion. Feel free to make both, if you wish! You'll be happy either way :)
My friend, Liz, test-tasted these, and was happily surprised that despite being gluten-free, they were moist and not crumbly, as many gluten-free baked goods are.
Almond Butter Banana Bread Bars
Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
Combine in a bowl:
2/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup raw buckwheat groat flour (I ground raw buckwheat groats to flour in my BlendTec)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Real Salt
Add to mixture:
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 regular bananas)
1/2 cup toasted almond butter (I used Marantha brand)
1 tsp. vanilla (I use Frontier non-alcoholic vanilla flavor, but extract would also work)
1/4 tsp. Sweetleaf Clear liquid stevia
Mixture should be very sticky. Pour into square pan, using a spatula to evenly spread mixture.
Bake for about 22-26 minutes, or until bread is fairly firm to the touch. Let cool and cut into bars.
Let me know what you think!