When I asked my son this morning what he wanted for breakfast, he asked for something with chocolate. Since the kids have been out of school this past week, I have been loosening the reins a bit and letting them make more of their food choices. I usually prepare a meal and that is what they eat, but have been a tad lazy in the creativity department. Their input has been guiding my meal choices.
We found this yummy cookie bar recipe on Pinterest and within 15 minutes of finding the recipe, it was in my oven :). It took minutes to prepare and is made with whole, real, good for you ingredients, so I didn’t feel guilty giving this chocolate dish to my kids for breakfast. I have to admit, I was weary of this recipe as the bars had a cardboard-esque appearance to them. I hesitantly served one to my son (he is always my taste tester because he is by far my pickiest — if he likes it, everyone else usually loves it) and he said it was the best breakfast I have ever made for him :).
One of the main ingredients in these bars is coconut flour. Coconut flour is made from dried, ground coconut meat and is a fantastic lower-carb, high-fiber and gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. With 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, coconut flour has far more of this indigestible carbohydrate than whole-grain flour, which has just 0.8 gram per tablespoons, or white flour, which has about 2 grams per tablespoon. Much of this fiber is the insoluble type, which adds bulk to your stool, helps you feel full, deters constipation and enhances colon health. You can add coconut flour to baked goods, sauces or smoothies to help you reach the recommended 25 to 38 grams of fiber daily. (Source)
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla (I prefer the taste of the type without alcohol)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder (make sure it is aluminum free)
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
- 3/4 cup Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Coconut oil to grease pan
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in food processor.
3. Blend for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula after the first minute.
4. Scoop out batter into bowl and combine most of the chocolate chips.
5. Press batter into 8×8 pan greased with coconut oil.
6. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over top.
7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes.
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