Banana Monkey Bars

Here’s what I can say about these Banana Monkey Bars…

The first batch disappeared before they even had a chance to cool. By the next morning, my son, daughter, and husband had each separately asked if we could make more. 

The answer was yes. One bowl, six ingredients, and very uncomplicated. So nice to add to back-to-school lunch boxes, or grab for an after-school snack.

But this is the jaw-dropper. These are very moist and they have a tender crumb! Let’s be honest – this simply can NOT always be said of whole grain vegan baked goods that are free of all added oil, flour, or sugar, right?

So here’s to the best Banana Monkey Bars in the world! Hope you love them too. xxoo


  • Servings: makes about 24 (1 1/2-inch) bars
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3 bananas
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup Medjool pitted dates
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Into the bowl of a large food processor, add all ingredients in the order listed above. Pulse or process until the mixture is well combined.

Remove bowl and blade from the base. Divide batter evenly, filling about 24 sections of either a silicone brownie-bites pan or a nonstick miniature muffin pan.

Bake for approximately 12 to 14 minutes, or until tops are golden and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.

Copyright © Vicki Brett-Gach | Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen

7 thoughts on “Banana Monkey Bars

    • Hi Bon, I actually haven’t make this recipe in an 8” square, but Carla just did (see comment below) and she found that it took about 20 minutes in the oven. She added blueberries and omitted the nut butter, so your timing may be different. Just keep a close eye on it – and please let me know how it goes! : )

  1. Carla

    I cannot eat nuts or nut butter so I substituted flax egg for the almond butter. I also doubled the recipe and stirred in frozen blueberries, cooked it for 20 minutes in an 8” square pan. Turned out great!

    • Thank you, Betsy! These are on regular rotation in my kitchen. Whenever I have extra bananas, these are on deck. I’m sooo glad you tried them, and thank you for taking the time to post this. : )

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