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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  • amanda lynn says:

    oh my gosh, cannot wait to make these for my son who is allergic to wheat, soy, dairy, nuts, and eggs!!

    my only concern is the almond butter…..what do you think would work best as a subsitute, crisco stick or cocoanut butter??

    • Amy says:

      Almond butter is very much like peanut butter; so I doubt crisco or coconut butter would work. Something like sunflower seed butter would probably work (althought I don’t know if your son is allergic to sunflower seeds?)… the only thing with sunflower seed – sometimes used in baking, it can turn slightly green so don’t be surprised.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I love an easy recipe like this! Bananas and chocolate chips…yes, please!

  • Jenn Marie says:

    I have all of this in my pantry. I’m looking forward to trying these.

  • paula says:

    always have a laugh when I read paleo on a recipe…sounds delish! but I am still chuckling because in most of the caves in paleo time I sort of imagine no coconut flour, no bananas e no maple syrup, no chips…though I’m not so sure about the maple syrup cus tapping maple trees started quite a while ago…

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    Awesome! I always love having paleo-type dessert recipes because I actually don’t love eating a lot of sugar and flour. They make me tired and feel sinus-y when I overdo it. I love multiply delicious too!

    Can’t wait to see where this little journey brings you 🙂

  • Joy Ellis says:

    this recipe looks delicious! Yes, we are changing the way we eat as well. It isn’t cheap, but definitely has been worth it. Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  • EllenFitz says:

    I have been switching over to Paleo bit-by-bit and a great Paleo-swap for regular sugar is Palm/Coconut sugar. Similar in taste to light brown sugar, looks and feels like raw sugar. Even better – Costco now carries it so it’s quite affordable and way less expensive than pure maple syrup! (Costco also carries more coconut products now like coconut oil.)

  • Kathy W says:

    Is it just me, or does anybody else have no clue what ‘Paleo’ means?

  • Jacqueline says:

    These look delicious even without food intolerence:)

  • Jen says:

    Well kudos to you because they at least look delectable

  • JennCutt says:

    Love the idea that we might be seeing more Paleo recipes on this site. I’m trying to switch over too as much as I can. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!!

  • bakedbyjen says:

    Perfect timing! I am currently doing a 30 Day Paleo challenge and boy do I miss my baked goods. Thanks for the share.

  • Caroline says:

    I am so excited to try this recipe! I have several dietary restrictions so I can never make anything that you post but I enjoy your stories and lovely creations. Thank you for posting something I can make!!

  • JaNae says:

    hello Amanda!! Say I would like to send you two recipes for you to try. I would like to send them to you snail mail because nobody does that any more and on a recipe card no less!! how old school and completely delightful:) Love your recipes and I am really super proud and excited to hear how you have been adding yummy things into your life that are healthy.
    When I think of our times at Swenson Chiropractic it always makes me smile!!
    could you send me your address?

  • BlessedMama says:

    Sounds like an AWESOME recipe! And, it’s vegan to boot, yaaaayyy!

  • Beth @ The Collegiate Baker says:

    I’ve never tried anything paleo before, but I have been considering healthier baked goods recently. I eat sweets so often, so why not make them a little bit healthier if you can get them to taste the same? Love your honesty here though and I’m looking forward to more of these recipes! 🙂

  • vanillasugarblog says:

    well hey I’m glad you’re on a paleo streak; I am too, been a while going now.
    I have to lose more weight.
    So I hope you create more goodies with coconut flour; I’m running out of ideas.

    • Amanda says:

      I need to lose more weight too! 🙂 I have been doing a ton of research and will try and share all good ideas for coconut flour. Best of luck to you sweet friend!

  • Jay says:

    Have to agree with Paula. Very few of the ingredients called for would have been available for cave dwellers, so you do have to chuckle at the paleo faddies who insist this is how people ate eons ago. Yummy looking recipe though, I’m looking forward to trying it but will have to sub another butter for the almond butter, as almond butter in my part of the world is$10 & up for a tiny jar.

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    This is so awesome! I love that this is paleo and these look so appetizing!

  • the paleo diet book says:

    I like it whenever people get together and share views.
    Great site, stick with it!

  • Marcel Dawson says:

    The resulting recipe is easy as can be; the only time-intensive part is waiting for them to bake. You can vary these endlessly with a cup of fresh fruit (not too wet; blueberries are always welcome additions), unsweetened dried fruit, cacao nibs, or chocolate/carob chips if you are not following a paleo diet. Or head in a savory direct with fresh or dried herbs, savory spices, seeds, nuts, you name it. Enjoy the muffin recipe!

  • Melissa says:

    My mom has made a version that my extended family loves called Banana Chip Bars! Delicious tho made with white flour and Butter!

  • Lana M says:

    I made these! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. They turned out great. Made them with honey (instead of syrup and peanut butter). Thank you!

  • Kara says:

    This recipe didn’t come up when I searched for Paleo recipes.

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