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The Bananas Are Ripe

Oat, banana and sunflower seed bars
Homemade protein bars that are perfect for using up your over-ripe bananas
  • Preparation 15 minutes
  • Cooking 20 minutes
  • Power 180°C (350°F)
  • Quantity 10 bars (50 g)
See ingredients
  • 75 g (¼ cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 3 medium bananas, mashed

  • 1 egg

  • 7 g (1 tbsp.) baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 20 g (2 tbsp.) hemp seeds (or flax seeds) or none

  • 120 g (1 cup) oat flour (or whole wheat or gluten free flour)

  • 115 g (1¼ cups) quick-cooking oats

  • 60 g (½ cup) lupin flour (high protein) or 25 g (¼ cup) extra oats

  • 75 g (½ cup) sunflower seeds

  • Optional! 50 g to 100 g (¼ to ½ cup) dark chocolate chips

  • Ingredients
  • Steps
  • History

Ingredients

  • 75 g (¼ cup) Madame Labriski date puree

  • 3 medium bananas, mashed

  • 1 egg

  • 7 g (1 tbsp.) baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 20 g (2 tbsp.) hemp seeds (or flax seeds) or none

  • 120 g (1 cup) oat flour (or whole wheat or gluten free flour)

  • 115 g (1¼ cups) quick-cooking oats

  • 60 g (½ cup) lupin flour (high protein) or 25 g (¼ cup) extra oats

  • 75 g (½ cup) sunflower seeds

  • Optional! 50 g to 100 g (¼ to ½ cup) dark chocolate chips

12 steps

  • Wash your hands properly.

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

  • In a bowl, combine the date puree, mashed bananas and egg.

  • Add the baking powder, salt and hemp or flax seeds.

  • When you have a nice smooth mixture, gradually stir in the flour, oats, lupin flour, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate chips.

  • Mix well.

  • Line your baking tray with parchment paper or lightly grease it. Otherwise, EVERYTHING WILL STICK. Be careful to grease the edges of the tray as well.

  • Pour the mixture onto the tray, spread evenly and press down firmly.

  • Decorate with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and chocolate chips, if desired.

  • Bake for about 20 minutes.

  • Allow to cool, unmould and cut into bars or squares.

  • Do I really need to tell you how good your house is going to smell?

History

Here are my healthy banana chewy granola bars, the perfect recipe for using up those old, over-ripe bananas sitting in the freezer* or on the counter. And that’s why they’re called The Bananas Are Ripe bars, a name predestined for this honest to GOODNESS healthy granola bar recipe with NO REFINED SUGAR or fat.

I came up with this recipe to use up my bananas. I felt like making healthy, flavoursome bars that really taste of bananas. Did you know? Refined sugar enhances the flavour of food. If there was sugar added in this recipe, you could definitely use one or two fewer bananas and still get that great banana taste. Sugar makes it easier to create delicious tasting recipes… But in Madame Labriski’s world, we’re waging war on refined sugar and avoiding those “easy” solutions. We’ve made health our priority, and opted for a recipe for banana bars that are genuinely healthy and high in fibre. (As I’ve already mentioned ;-)

I also recently fell in love with lupin flour that’s packed with plant protein and now I add a little to virtually everything. Hahaha! If you don’t have any lupin flour on hand, you can still make this recipe. But if you have bought a bag, I hope you’re enjoying the different recipes I’ve come up with for you.

This recipe is a big winner in my house. I made the GLUTEN-FREE version and everyone loved them. These bars are also great as a snack after physical activity.

*Do you know the trick with those over-ripe bananas that end up spending the rest of their life in the freezer? When your bananas don’t appeal to anyone anymore, pop them in the freezer. Take them out only when you’re ready to cook with them and then just 60 seconds in the microwave and into the bowl. What’s more, they’ll be even tastier. Try it!

Storage

  • One week in the fridge.
  • These bars freeze super well!

Treat yourself with our halved dates perfect for cooking

Treat yourself with our halved dates perfect for cooking

Pitted date halves

The dates that I use to make my own puree! These halved dates are ideal for cooking and sweetening your recipes with date puree.

Proudly:

  • With no added sugar
  • Gluten free
  • Source of fibre and magnesium

Packaging made and printed in Canada

100% recyclable

FAQ

Where can I buy Madame Labriski date puree?

At IGA, Rachelle Béry, Marché Tradition and Bonichoix grocery stores across Quebec. My purees contain no preservatives and can be found in the fruit and vegetable section (yes, dates are fruit) near the pre-cut fruit and vegetables. If you can’t find them, simply ask a member of staff!

How do you make date puree?

Buy date halves that are perfect for cooking and make your own date puree. Get the recipe here.

Where can I find lupin flour?

You can find lupin flour in the organic section at your local grocery store or at so-called health food stores.

I don’t have any lupin flour. Can I still make the recipe?

Yes. Depending on which recipe you’re doing, you can replace the lupin flour (high in fibre and protein: 6 g of protein per 2 tablespoons) that the recipe calls for with the same amount of another type of flour.

Is lupin flour gluten free?

Yes.

In fact, lupin isn’t a cereal, it’s a legume, and that’s the reason it doesn’t contain gluten.

Is lupin flour high in plant protein?

Yes, and that’s why I like to add a little to just about everything. It contains 6 g of protein per 2 tablespoons.

See the article Lupin flour, packed with plant protein.