Chocolate Banana Nut Bars

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These little treats are gluten-free, soy-free and free of refined sugar. I am always trying to find ways to make healthy treats for River. Tahini is a good source protein, iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B-1 (thiamine). It can be a little bitter tasting so we like to create recipes where we can hind that bitterness.

Makes 16 Bars

½ cup walnuts

½ cup almonds

½ cup sunflower seeds

5 dates, pittted

1 tbsp maple syrup

3 large ripe bananas

2 tbsp tahini

1 tbsp cocoa

¼ cup hemp seeds

¾ cup shredded coconut

¼ cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350℉.

In a high-power blender add walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds. Pulse until finely ground. Then add dates and maple syrup and pulse.

Press nut mixture down in an 8x8 baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.

Using a stick blender purée bananas, tahini and cocoa together. Fold in hemp seeds, chocolate chips and ½ cup of coconut.

Place banana mixture over top of the nut crust. Sprinkle the rest of the coconut on top and bake for 35 minutes.

Let cool and serve. Store in the fridge.