Delicious Banana Walnut Bars with a caramel sauce that is layered in the dessert! These vegan snack bars are delicious for anyone, but those that avoid animal products will especially appreciate this tasty dessert!
Banana Walnut Bars – Vegan Recipe
Guys, the art of entertaining has been slowly dying for me and I’m not too happy about that. I need to find a way back to enjoying the company of others in my home as well as finding stress-free meals that are acceptable for all types of menu plans.
When Alan was on active duty military status I used to entertain a good portion of the 28 years that he served. I really enjoyed getting my Navy family and friends together to share meals.
Sometimes the gathering would be a potluck where everyone brought their favorite dish, and many times I would host the whole event.
Yep, every detail; décor, menu, drinks, cooking, cleaning that was required for a hosted gathering.
I never-ever (EVER!) worried that I might prepare something that would cause a reaction to a food allergy or that would be restricted in our guest’s diet.
Very few people had food related allergies or if there were friends that were allergic to foods, I wasn’t aware of the issue. Most of my circles of friends were meat and veggie eating, dairy sipping, as well as grain noshing folks.
With the exception of my vegetarian circle, which was less than 5 of the friends I knew, we did not exclude entire food groups from our diets.
Times sure are changing! I’m not saying one way is better than another (I’ve limited food groups temporarily too). My point is that in the past it was easier for me to serve a meal that would be enjoyed by everyone!
Banana Blondie Recipe Without Dairy or Eggs
I need some fabulous back-up recipes that do limit some food groups. This recipe is made without eggs or butter, so your vegan friends are covered with this sweet treat.
I’m always a little skeptical when a bar-type of recipe doesn’t use eggs as a binder, but boy this recipe held together well!
The added bonus is the caramel sauce that’s baked right into these bars. What a delicious addition!
Gluten-free? I suppose I should have used a grain-free alternative! Whoops! SEE the dilemma when choosing recipes that are acceptable across the board?
This recipe is a keeper and will make again. These bars are delicious and will be enjoyed by all!
How do you adjust to cooking for those with dietary restrictions?
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 3 ripe bananas (small, medium), mashed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Caramel Sauce
- Confectioner's Sugar
Vegan Caramel Sauce
- 7 Tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 7 Tablespoons cold water
- 4 ounces coconut milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vegan Caramel Sauce
- In a small saucepan add coconut sugar and water and heat over medium. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Continue to heat until the ingredients start to bubble. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add coconut milk and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Blondie Walnut Bars
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Line a 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl beat coconut oil and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add mashed bananas.
- In a small cup or mini bowl combine baking powder and vinegar until well combined.
- Add baking power and vinegar mix to banana mixture.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Add flour and mix all ingredient together.
- Pour half of the batter into prepared baking pan.
- Top with prepared caramel sauce.
- Add the additional batter.
- Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and add additional confectioner's sugar (generous amount).
- Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the blondie portion of the bars come out clean.
- Cool before cutting.
Caramel sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g
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Recipe credit: The Seaman Mom.