These Gluten Free Banana Bread Bars are a fun twist on the classic banana bread. If chocolate chip cookie bars and banana bread had a baby, this would be it. It’s an easy gluten free banana bread recipe with a cookie taste and texture. These bars are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, and nut free. They are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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What’s Inside these Gluten Free Banana Bread Bars?
Please see the recipe card for all ingredients and directions. In this section, I’m simply going to show some of the key ingredients and discuss why I chose them for this easy gluten free banana bread recipe.
Gluten Free Cookie Flour Blend – I chose to use this blend because it has a wonderful dense cookie-like texture and a warm flavor from the oats. If you don’t want to make a batch of this flour blend, you can use a store-bought 1-to-1 gluten free flour blend with very little difference to the texture.
Xanthan Gum – This helps with the texture. When baking gluten free you need a little extra help for binding.
Smashed Bananas – Of course if you want banana bread bars you need some smashed bananas! I chose to use 2 bananas for a strong delicious banana flavor.
Cane Sugar and Coconut Sugar – I chose to use a combination of these two sugars because it provides the best taste and texture. Obviously, cane sugar packs a very sweet punch and it actually helps create a light texture. Coconut sugar acts very similarly to brown sugar with a warm taste and a more dense texture.
Ground Flaxseed – This helps replace the egg in these vegan banana bread bars recipe. Some recipes call for a flax-egg but for this easy gluten free banana bread, I just mixed it right into the wet ingredients.
Gluten Free Banana Bread Bars
- 2 cups Eat or Drink's Gluten Free Cookie Flour Blend Recipe <–Click for recipe
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9×9 inch baking pan.
- Whisk all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
- In another bowl mash your bananas with the back of a fork until smooth then add in your remaining wet ingredients and mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix until combined. Add in half of your chocolate chips and mix.
- Pour the mixture into your baking pan and top with your remaining chocolate chips.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until no longer wet. Let cool completely before cutting.