These Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars are easy to make using a granola bar mold and they’re so fun for kids to eat! Enjoy them for breakfast, pack them in lunches or have them ready as an after school snack. These Banana Bread Bars are freezer friendly so they make a big batch to have on hand all the time!
I have to admit that these Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bars aren’t really different from banana muffins, but for some reason my kids went crazy for these bars! I recently bought a silicone granola bar mold, and while I still haven’t made granola bars, haha, these Banana Bread Bars have quickly become a favorite!
My youngest is in his pickiest eating stage of life yet, and at first he didn’t even want to try these bars. But, once he tried them he would not stop eating them! I’ll report back with any other great kid recipes I come up with using this bar mold 🙂
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bar Recipe Ingredients
- Bananas – I like to use 4 medium-large sized bananas in my banana bread. It’s also best if they are on the ripe side so they will add more sweetness to the recipe. Unfortunately for these bars my bananas weren’t super soft, so you can see some banana chunks in the bars but they still taste great!
- Milk – I used a plain, unsweetened almond milk in this recipe just because that’s what I had on hand. Any kind of milk will work though.
- Eggs – I use two large eggs. You can make this banana bread vegan by using a vegan egg substitute, but the texture will be a little on the mushier side.
- Oil – You can use any mild flavored oil in this recipe as long as it is melted and at room temperature. I like to use a vegetable based oil or refined coconut oil.
- Coconut Sugar – I used half a cup of coconut sugar. Brown sugar could also be substituted.
- Flour – I just used regular, all purpose flour. You can also make this recipe using whole wheat flour, or a gluten free all purpose flour. Let me know if you have questions about other types of flours!
- Cinnamon – I love adding cinnamon to my banana bread, it adds a nice warming flavor.
- Chocolate Chips – I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use any kind of chocolate chips you like. Peanut butter chips would be delicious too!
- Vanilla Extract
- Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder
How To Make Banana Bread Bars
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place your granola bar molds (I used these ones) on a large baking sheet. There is no need to grease the silicone molds, but you may need to grease if using aluminum. Add the bananas to a large bowl and mash well. Banana bread is best when the bananas are super ripe! Next, add the coconut oil, eggs, coconut sugar, vanilla, almond milk and maple syrup to a large bowl and mix until combined.
- Next, add the remaining dry ingredients and mix again until everything is well combined. Add in the chocolate chips and gently fold them into the batter. Use a 1/4 cup scoop to scoop batter into the granola bar mold. The batter should settle on it’s own into the mold.
- Bake banana bread bars until cooked through and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Bars will also feel firm once done.
- Let banana bread bars cool in the mold for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.
Banana Bread Bar Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I still make these if I don’t have a bar mold? If you don’t have a bar mold, you can either just make muffins out of the batter, or you could bake it on a thin baking sheet and then cut the thin banana bread into bars.
- Is this recipe gluten free? No, but you can easily make it gluten free by using a good quality all purpose gluten free flour, with xantham gum.
- Is this recipe vegan? I did add eggs to this banana bread recipe, but you can make it vegan by using an egg substitute. You will also need to use dairy free milk and vegan chocolate chips, but those should be easy to find!
- Can these bars be frozen? Yes! Freeze in an airtight, freezer friendly container for up to 3 months.
- How long will leftover banana bread bars last? If stored in an airtight container they should stay fresh 4-5 days. They will last longer if you store them in the refrigerator.
Have a question I didn’t answer? Ask me in the comment section below and I will get back to you ASAP!
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