Nut Free Banana Chocolate Chip Date Bars

Disclaimer: This post was written as a part of The SoyNut Butter Company‘s Featured Blogger program. All opinions in this post are my own!

I adore banana chips. I know they’re typically fried in oil and doused in sugar, but I can’t help but loving them.

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Banana chips remind me of being a camper at Camp Wanakita when I was a kid. We always did a canoe trip every summer, which meant two things to us campers: fried granola and GORP. There was nothing better than climbing into our canoe after a 4 kilometre portage through knee deep mud, and rewarding our efforts by shoveling handfuls of GORP into our mouths.

GORP usually stands for “good ol’ raisins and peanuts” but because Camp Wanakita was nut free, our version was a little different. There were pretzels, sesame sticks, yogurt covered raisins, roasted soy beans, and best of all: banana chips. Now, picking through the GORP to select our favourites was thoroughly frowned upon… so while I was never guilty of doing that, I will admit that I carefully selected my handfuls so that there was a greater ratio of banana chips in mine.

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It’s been years since I was last at Wanakita as a counsellor, but my love for banana chips still goes strong. So I decided to incorporate them into these healthy snack bars made with dates, soynut butter, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, and of course banana chips. Yummm!

If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, you will love these too. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also a great allergy-friendly snack that’s safe for most dietary restrictions including nut free, dairy free, egg free, vegan, and gluten free! And to make them healthier, you could evenĀ make your own sugar free banana chips at home. Either way, you need to make these like yesterday!

Banana chocolate chip date bars (nut free + vegan) via chelseashealthykitchen.com

Nut Free Banana Chocolate Chip Date Bars
 
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These nut free banana chocolate chip date bars are a healthy, nutrient dense snack with no eggs, dairy, or gluten.
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Yield: 10 bars
Ingredients
  • 215 grams pitted Medjool dates (about 13)
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 3 tbsp I.M. Healthy Creamy Soynut Butter
  • ¼ cup broken up banana chips
  • 1.5 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Process the pitted dates in a food processor until broken up into small pieces.
  2. Add the sunflower seeds, soy nut butter, and banana chips and process until everything is mixed. You may need to stop the food processor a few times and use a spatula to help things along.
  3. Finally add the chocolate chips and process for just a few seconds until they are mixed in.
  4. Line a 8x4 loaf pan with wax paper and then press down the mixture into the pan firmly until it is smooth. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours to firm up before cutting.
  5. Once hardened, remove the bars from the pan by pulling up on the wax paper. Lay on a flat surface and cut into about 10 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Banana chocolate chip date bars (nut free + vegan) via chelseashealthykitchen.com

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31 Responses to Nut Free Banana Chocolate Chip Date Bars

  1. YUM- we would not work good at camp together…probably end up fighting over the banana chips ;)! Although I’d let you have ’em so long as there are some yogurt- (or chocolate-covered) raisins & coconut flakes available. These look fantastic, Chelsea- looks like Larabars have new competition ;)!

  2. Ooooh love the new site Chelsea! These sound wonderful, and I have been thinking about a new bar to try, these sound great! Thanks for sharing, love the combination of flavors!

  3. These sound awesome! I love date based fruit and “nut” bars. And you can’t go wrong with bananas and “nut” butter. :)

  4. yum!! just a few ingredients and they look and sound so good.

  5. So these rare basically my idea of perfection. I’ve been crushing on bananas, dates, and [nut butter] big time lately, and combining them all into a delicious snack bar is just perfection. Also… I’m jealous about your nut-free camp. I went off to camp a few times when I was younger, but PB was very much flowing freely. I hope they’re getting a little more careful with it these days.

    • Chelsea

      I didn’t get to go to sleepover camp (Wanakita) until I was 11 because my parents had the hardest time finding one that was nut free! I’m sure allergy friendly camps are a lot more common these days though with the huge increase in food allergies.

  6. I love using dates to sweeten recipes and banana chips are basically my favorite. In fact, I got up midway through this post to grab some to snack on.

    These look fantastic.

  7. two confessions.
    #1 whenever I buy trail mix, I always buy the one with banana chips. It’s the best.
    #2: when I’d go camping as a kid, one of the family friends would always bring GORP – raisins, peanuts and M&Ms. I never had the slightest idea what GORP stood for, so thanks for clearing that up ;-)

  8. Dude, I totally made banana chips on the weekend for my friends. They were unsweetened and my friends thought it was punishment. Ooops.

    Your photos are beautiful buddy. Gross, beautiful is such a silly word. I love the other ingredients in these too, except dates. Gross, dates. (just kidding).

  9. i love anything with dates!

  10. Neither summer camps nor bulk bins were or are part of my childhood/life so I enjoyed reading a little about your memories. Random fact, though: I don’t think there ever were any restrictions for food like nuts in those few camps offered [that I didn’t attend] because allergies don’t seem common over here??
    Either way, these bars sound great. Banana chips should come with a warning label: won’t be able to stop eating until bag’s empty.

    • Chelsea

      It was rare to find allergy friendly camps here too when I was a kid – but I think now they’re becoming a lot more popular with the rise in allergies!

      Totally agree about banana chips. :)

  11. These look fantastic babes! LOVE banana chips! I need to try making them at home again!

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  14. Yum. Can’t remember the last time I had banana chips! I’ve never put them in something though- clearly it’s time for me to try!

  15. P

    These are so adorable and look like a nice alternative to Larabars :)

  16. Chelsea

    I can’t have Larabars (nut allergies) so I always have to make my own!

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