These are hard to describe. They’re not cake (too fruity), they’re not bread (too sweet), they’re not blondies (too light and fluffy), and so what’s a girl to do when trying to derive a title? I guess I’m stuck with ‘bars’. Not very elegant if you ask me. But hey, I suppose you didn’t ask :) I’ve thrown in the word cake for good measure too, because honestly, these are too sweet and tasty to not be considered a dessert treat.
Check out the chocolate frosting I made for these too!
Banana Date Cake Bars
1 1/2 cups mashed banana’s
1/3 cup coconut or palm sugar
1/4 cup date sugar (or more palm sugar)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup sorghum flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup date chunks (diced dates)
When I say mashed banana’s, I mean MASHED BANANA’S. Be mean with that fork! Or, if you’re more fortunate than me and have a food processor, I suppose you can just be moderately mean with that… Either way, aim for no chunks and a final puree product. In a large mixing bowl, add the coconut and date sugar. It won’t dissolve into the banana like white sugar would, but try to mix it as well as you can. Set aside.
Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
In a small mixing bowl, add the coconut oil. Warm it until it’s soft and/or a liquid. Mix in the almond milk, vanilla extract, and already beaten eggs (do this is another small mixing bowl before hand). Pour the liquid into the banana mix and combine well.
In yet another mixing bowl (sorry, your sink is likely to be overflowing after you make these!), add your sorghum flour, cinnamon, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Once it’s blended well, slowly fold it into the banana mix. Lastly, add the chopped up date pieces.
Lightly grease or spray a 9×13 sided casserole dish or pan. Bake for a minimum of 15 minutes. I ended up needing to bake mine for 18 minutes before the toothpick came out clean.
They cut best once they had cooled for a few minutes. They stored extremely well also! I took these to work and also a bible study – they were gobbled up at both places!
This recipe is linked to My Meatless Mondays, Mouthwatering Monday, Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesday at the Table, Tuesday Twister, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays Bloghop, Tuesday Night Supper Club, Prairie Story Recipe Swap, Vegetarian Foodie Fridays, Momtrends Recipe Linky, Food on Fridays, and Wholesome Whole Foods.