Perfect for channeling those warm weather vibes, these bars are healthy, gluten-free, and loaded with tropical flavors from bananas, coconut, and oranges. Besides good-for-you fruits, they also have the added health benefits of maca. Snack on one of these bars with a glass of iced passion tea for a truly tropical experience.

Tropical Banana Maca Coconut Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Serves

16 squares

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup banana flour
  • 1/8 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 1/12 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maca
  • 1 banana
  • 6 dates soaked in 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Juice and zest from 1 medium orange
  • 3 tablespoons coconut nectar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
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Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine together the oat flour, banana flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour, oats, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and maca. Stir to combine.
  2. Meanwhile, add soaked dates with their soaking water, banana, coconut oil, vanilla, and coconut nectar to a blender. Purée until smooth.
  3. Add date mixture to flours, along with orange juice and zest, and almond milk. Stir until combined and then pour into a 9×9 square pan lined with baking paper.
  4. Bake in the oven, preheated to 375°F for 40-45 minutes, or until a stick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is firm.
  5. Cool on a rack and then cut into squares to serve.

Notes

Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

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