Chocolate Chip Banana Bars {Paleo}

filed under: Brownies on May 16, 2013

You read that right.  A Paleo recipe on iambaker.  Things might be crazy around here for a second folks!

I cant tell a lie… the real star of this “chocolate bar” show is my KitchenAid food processor.

I have been doing quite a bit a Paleo baking lately and my food processor is essential to achieving the perfect results.  When using Coconut Flour and Almond Flour hand mixing(or even a stand mixer!) just wont do.  Those special ingredients need a Food Processor and mine has now found its home on my counter right next to my trusty mixer.



Chocolate Chip Banana Bars {Paleo}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These bars are good… good enough to fool the kids and maybe even your co-workers, but they are not going to replace your tried and true recipes if you have no dietary restrictions.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chip Banana Bars
Servings: 24 bars
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 bananas
  • 3/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c coconut flour
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 c pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 c almond butter
  • coconut oil for pan
  1. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in food processor and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. Scoop out batter into bowl and add most of the chocolate chips, gently mix to evenly distribute.

  2. Press batter into 8x8 pan greased with Coconut Oil.
  3. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over top and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bars {Paleo}

Now, lets be really honest about Paleo baking.  Its not for everyone!  Heck, I tried a LOT of recipes before even finding one that didnt taste like cardboard.  And here is that cold, hard truth…. nothing can replace the flavor of butter and sugar.

These bars are good… good enough to fool the kids and maybe even your co-workers, but they are not going to replace your tried and true recipes if you have no dietary restrictions.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bars #paleo

And Paleo baking isnt exactly cheap!  The Coconut flour alone was $7.  And pure maple syrup (which some dont even consider Paleo) can be $10 a bottle.  And those yummy little semi-sweet chocolate chips were $4 for one bag!

But one thing I liked about this recipe is that is used coconut flour and not almond flour, because that was $15 for one bag.  So I can make these bars once a week and not have to take out a second mortgage.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cars #paleo

So, have I convinced you not to try these bars yet??  I dont mean to, really.  I just want to be honest about what they are and how they taste.  We like them… they are good… they are great even.  But since we have never really tried “sugar free’ baking here on iambaker, and I appreciate you letting me experiment as my diet and lifestyle changes! 🙂

And have no fear, I will be getting my Paula Dean on very soon with some yummy butter and sugar filled cakes for you.

But back to my Food Processor!  If you are going to do any Paleo baking at all, it really is a must have kitchen accessory.  Which wouldnt really make it an accessory anymore… more like a MUST HAVE tool.

**Have you ever visited the KitcheAid site?  As it loads there is a little drawing of a mixer and it says, “Loading… mixing… baking… making something special…” Its so cute!

KitchenAid food processor

No, I am not being paid one cent to talk about mine, I just happen to have become infatuated with it recently and wanted you to know how useful it is in alternative baking! (I might even have the BEST chocolate cake recipe to share with you soon… regular ingredients and all in a food processor!  Told ya I have been experimenting!)

If you are a believer that maple syrup is not Paleo, then you can substitute coconut oil.  I also used dairy, nut, and soy free chocolate, but you could use a dark chocolate instead that does not have soy lecithin or dairy in it.  Some folks let non-dairy free chocolate slide in their paleo baking… some dont.  Its just a preference! 🙂

This recipe is based off of a recipe I found over at Multiply Delicious, one of my new favorite blogs.  She posted some beautiful Paleo Banana Dark Chocolate “Cakies” and I was smitten.  Everything she posts is eye candy, and this is one of those blogs and you bookmark every single recipe.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

Thanks again for coming along for the ride here on iambaker.  I appreciate you being willing to stick around as I try new things!

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  • Carrie says:

    Nice recipe to try! I followed it loosely, based on what I had on hand and preferences. I used oat flour (made n my food processor) and peanut butter and used maybe a tablespoon of maple syrup, as I knew it would be plenty sweet. Since my kitchen aid mixer is easier to clean and always on my countertop, I opted to just mix it… I’m enjoying these! Though not made exactly as intended, I still ended up with a healthy and satisfying snack…exactly what I was after!

    • sharon du toit says:

      Please tell me how do you make your own oat flour? Im lately into the healthy replacement of food stuffs. Living in Africa we are starch and meat driven – me, im a bread lover. So Paleo stuff appeals to me now but I find that it’s very difficult in obtaining almond and coconut flour. Our stores just don’t stock it – the closest i can get is soya and chickpea flour. And I just don’t find chickpea flour tasty in pancakes etc

      • Christine says:

        Just throw some rolled oats in a food processor or blender and let it run until the oats turn to flour.

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  • Susan E says:

    Thanks Amanda. I have these ingredients and maybe I can try making them tomorrow.

  • cz says:

    I’ve been paleo for a few years now but but bf is not. He loves banana and chocolate but whenever I make paleo goodies, he doesn’t get his hopes up. So I decided to try your chocolate chip banana bars and holy cow did I wow him. Of course I tasted them too and LOVE them. Thanks for a fantastic treat. This will be a staple in my dessert list.

    • Amanda says:

      YAY!!! I am not Paleo anymore (but I should be, its SO good for you!) but I still make these. 🙂 So glad you and the BF like them!

      • Didi says:

        Dear What can i use instead of bananas?

  • Amber says:

    Which Baking powder brand did you use as most of them have cornstarch in it???

    • aMANDA says:

      You can just sub with equal parts apple cider vinegar. Instead of using baking soda. And a good replacement for flour in any recipe is just to add more eggs or bananas. You can always just buy a nut of any kind and blend it in the food processor to make an almond meal or cashew meal. It is very easy. We stay away from anything processed in any way. You can also use applesauce in replace of bananas or sweet potato or pumpkin. Pumpkin would be great.

  • Stacey says:

    As a fellow baker, I love your site. Completely gorgeous! Finding out years ago that I have Celiac disease was very challenging, being that I love baking goodies. It is great see more great recipes and options. Brilliant recipe and amazing photos.

  • Tabitha says:

    These look amazing. How many calories per serving and what is the serving size?

  • Tammy says:

    Do you happen to have the chocolate chip banana bars as a nonpaleo recipe?

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