Dense rich banana chocolate chip bars with a delicious peanut butter glaze. These are the best low carb, grain-free snack ever, according to my kids! This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.
Okay, big news. Big exciting news! Well, I think so anyway, and since I think so, you’re going to have to sit and listen to me natter on about it. Because that’s what I do. That’s why I write a blog, after all, so I can natter on about the various things that interest me. Some of you pay attention, some of you don’t. It doesn’t really matter, in the end. I suppose I am narcissistic enough just to want to natter on, no matter who is listening. Apparently I like the sound of my own voice…or at least how it sounds in my head as I write.
And the big news is…Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour! Wait, wait, I know you think this isn’t news, but it is. Because now, instead of being “Finely Ground Almond Meal/Flour”, it’s actually “Super-Fine Almond Flour”. And it is truly super-fine now. As something of an almond flour connoisseur, I’ve used many brands of almond flour and almond meal in my day. And Bob’s new flour stands up to the rigorous Carolyn Baking Test. The first thing I did was make some double chocolate muffins and they rose delightfully with great texture and a lovely smooth dome on top. I swear you wouldn’t know them from conventional wheat-flour muffins if I didn’t tell you. This almond flour is easily as good as, or possibly better, than Honeyville or WellBee. And since it happens to be coming from one of my favourite brands ever, I am absolutely delighted by the change.
It’s been rolling out for a bit but you may not see it yet at your local stores, as they may be working through older stock. Bob’s isn’t keeping both grinds of almond flour, so in a little while the Super-Fine will be all you can purchase (it’s already the only one available on their website, as far as I can tell). And the bags look virtually identical so it’s only the name that really differentiates the two. Well, that and the fact that you can literally see the difference in the fineness through the bag. So keep your eye out for the Super Fine, it will be heading your way soon!
These low carb banana chocolate chip bars were my next recipe with the finer almond flour. I wanted a really dense blondie-like bar and I knew that the finer almond flour would help me achieve that more easily. And as I did with my low carb Banana Bread recipe, I also used Bob’s chia seed to get that moist banana-like texture. And you know, it never hurts to smother it with a peanut butter glaze. Which basically turned these into Chunky Monkey Bars. A far more succinct name than low carb banana chocolate chip bars with peanut butter glaze. But whatever you call them, they are seriously good. Best low carb after school snack EVER, according to my kids.
Chunky Monkey Bars
Dense rich banana chocolate chip bars with a delicious peanut butter glaze. These are the best low carb, grain-free snack ever, according to my kids!
- 1/3 cup chia seed, ground (I grind mine in a coffee grinder)
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups Ultra Fine Almond Flour
- 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or melted butter)
- 2 tsp banana extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325F and grease a 9x9 baking pan well. In a medium bowl, stir together ground chia seed and water. Let sit until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, and salt. Stir in egg, coconut oil, banana extract, vanilla extract and chia seed mixture until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spread batter in prepared baking pan and bake until just set, about 25 to 28 minutes. You don't want them to be dry, so don't over bake. Let cool in pan. The edges should pull away from the sides. Gently transfer to a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper to frost (I flipped them out onto my hand, then flipped them back over onto a piece of waxed paper).
- Melt butter (or coconut oil) and peanut butter together in a medium microwave safe bowl. Whisk in sweetener until well combined. Spread over cooled bars.
- Refrigerate to let the frosting set, about 30 minutes.
Serves 16. Each bar has 4.01g NET CARBS.
Food energy: 226kcal Total fat: 19.87g Calories from fat: 178 Cholesterol: 7mg Carbohydrate: 8.25g Total dietary fiber: 4.24g Protein: 6.38g Sugar Alcohols (erythritol): 11.25g
Disclosure: Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for partnering with me to bring you healthy, low carb recipes. I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own.
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