Banana Bread Protein Bars – {Gluten, Dairy, and Grain Free}

April 14, 2014

Banana bread.

Brings me back to my childhood. I lived in the same house from when I was 2 years old, until I graduated high school. We lived on a cozy little block, with TONS of other families, and all the kids and I were really close.

Every holiday season, my neighbor would bake chocolate chip banana bread fresh for the entire neighborhood. I would get so excited every time they brought it over. It was moist with just the right amount of sweetness, and absolutely delicious. I mean come on, who doesn’t love banana bread?

I had two bananas sitting on the counter that were on the verge of death, which always happens when I buy bananas. No idea why. So obviously, I needed to save them and put them to good use.

Freeze them for smoothies, or experiment in the kitchen? I was feeling adventurous so I experimented, and I’m glad I did!



These babies are gluten free, dairy free, and grain free! Oh, and they’re easy to make. Because if they weren’t, let’s be real here, I wouldn’t have made them.


  • 1/4 C. Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 small bananas (mine were 174 g total)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Large Egg white
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 C. Almond Flour
  • 5 tbs. or so chocolate chips (I used enjoy life dairy free)
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat bananas in microwave for about a minute and mash them.
  • Mix the wet ingredients and the spices.
  • Then mix the protein and the almond flour.
  • Lastly, fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
  • Lick batter. just kidding
  • Spray and pour into an 8 x 8 dish.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Yield: 16 small bars, or you can cut them into bigger bars for less.

Nutrition stats for 16 bars: 86 cals, 8 g carbs, 5 g fat, 4 g protein per bar.

(This will vary depending on what type of protein and chocolate chips you use).


Do you like banana bread?

What food reminds you of your childhood?

    1. Why, yes — I do love banana bread! This looks like a really healthy version to the butter bomb recipe from my grandma — and I like that it has protein powder in it.

    1. Mhmm banana bread hold a super special place in my heart too. My mom would always use our over-ripe bananas and throw in a ton of walnuts as well. My dad and I LOVED them and would gobble up a few slices each day :).

      Can’t believe how delicious and moist (OMG those chocolate chips are freakin’ calling my name haha!) this looks! Even better that they have some protein in them to give them more staying power. Greta job with this! I might need to steal the idea of making banana bread into protein squares sometime ;). Too good to pass up!

    1. YYUMMMOO! I love banana bread, and banana bread like things. These look so good. I want all those chocolate chips on the plate too.

    1. I HAVE NEVER had banana bread before in my life, how crazy is that!! I have a feeling I would have loved it though. I remember when I had a roommate, he would always buy bananas but then NEVER EAT THEM – one day he decided to make banana bread…. And he made 12 loaves! OMFG! It was nuts. And guess what? He never ate them! I gave them away to the TV Guy, the MAIL MAN… EVERYONE! ah ha ha ah!

    1. Love the tradition of baking choc. chip banana bread for the neighborhood every Christmas! I have a neighbor who bakes mini loaves of banana nut bread every Christmas and drops off a ton to each of her neighbors – it is one of my fav neighborly Christmas things to do and is contagious!

      These banana bread protein bars sound pretty addicting!

    1. YUM love the simple ingredient list… just pinned these onto my snack board, going to have to try them soon!

    1. This is definitely going in to my recipe file. I already love, love, love (did you get that, haha) baking with applesauce. Everything comes out delicious and moist (and much healthier, too!)

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    1. Terrific banana bread recipe…no frills, just great banana flavor. I’ve made this recipe several times. Sometimes as written, sometimes with half whole wheat/half AP flour, sometimes all whole wheat. It’s good all kinds of ways! 🙂

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