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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

Ingredients:
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)

Instructions:

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.

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13 Responses to Banana Date Cake Bars

  1. Megan says:

    These look delish! Bananas and coconut make everything better in my opinion!

  2. Maggie says:

    Your pics are perfect Aubree! These sound amazing. Cake Bars – what more could you want?

  3. Jas says:

    oh my word aubree – thee look sooo delicious! I have a friend who is a banana baked goods nut and I’m definitely making these for her and I to share for morning tea!

  4. Chelsey says:

    These look delish Aubree! Nice whole dessert bars. Nothing too feel guilty about and all about pleasure.

  5. angie says:

    sounds pretty tasty I love banana bread hubby loves date bread maybe this will please both of us

  6. Rebecca Jean says:

    We always have over-ripe bananas in the freezer. They mash quite easily because they’re basically mush by the time they thaw anyway. I’m getting kinda tired of turning them into cookies so this will be a nice alternative.

    Thanks for linking to Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  7. Bananas and dates are a perfect combination!

  8. These sound lovely! I don’t think I’ve ever come across a healthier cake bar either, plus I love dates!!

  9. Ellen says:

    Doesn’t matter what you call them – they look delicious! And perfectly suited to be matched with a cup of afternoon tea. Yet another wonderful homemade gluten free snack!

  10. christy says:

    these look amazing…i am always impressed with what can be done without flour, sugar and butter…i always feel like i can’t do without them…then i see something like this and see that there are wonderful things that can be made. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

  11. Melodie says:

    These look so yummy! I love using dates as a sweetener too. Thanks for sharing!

  12. […] made this frosting to go along with my Banana Date Cake Bars. It’s a grand combination! The frosting is made primarily from nuts, which isn’t […]

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