Banana Coconut Energy Bars

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When you take a good look at ordinary protein bars, chances are you’ll find just as many sources of sugar as you do protein. Not to mention many manufacturers inject their products with corn, low-quality soy protein, gum, and artificial chemicals that outweigh the benefits of their protein content. These tasty Banana Coconut Energy Bars, on the other hand, call for nothing but clean ingredients. Meanwhile, their delicious flavor puts conventional grocery brands to shame! Nourishing ingredients peanut butter and raw almonds pack a satisfying protein punch. Meanwhile, superfood gems like coconut oil and honey bind the ingredients together while delivering powerful vitamins and healthy fats your body will thank you for. Unlike the junky sugars and chemical-laden sweeteners used in storebought bars, ingredients like dried fruit, banana, and dark chocolate add a touch of sweetness to this mouthwatering recipe! These clean, chewy bars use fresh ingredients that’ll fill you up and energize your entire body.

This recipe fills a 9×13 pan, so they’re cost effective and totally worth the effort! Whip up a batch on the weekend, portion individually, and enjoy one for a pick-me-up snack throughout the week.

Banana Coconut Energy Bars

Banana Coconut Energy Bars

Yields: 24 servings | Serving Size: 1 bar | Calories: 229 | Total Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3mg | Carbohydrates: 15g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Protein: 4g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11


    For the Crust:
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted but not hot
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried fruit, (apricots, dates, cranberries, etc.)
    For the Filling:
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon water
    For the Topping:
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, chopped


  1. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
    For the Crust:
  1. In a food processor, finely grind the nuts. A few large pieces are ok, but be careful not to over process the nuts. Add the coconut oi, honey, and dried fruit. Pulse in the processor until just combined. Transfer mix into prepared pan and press into an even layer.
    For the Filling:
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread banana coconut mixture over the crust. Make sure the filling is as smooth as possible. Place in refrigerator while the topping is being prepared.
    For the Topping:
  1. Melt the chocolate, stirring often. Once melted, whisk in the coconut oil. Remove crust and filling layers from the refrigerator and pour chocolate over the top of the filling, spreading evenly over the top. Sprinkle coconut and almonds over the top. Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

You might also enjoy our Superfood Protein Bars or Quinoa Protein Bars.

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8 Comments on "Banana Coconut Energy Bars"

  1. Alyssa  January 6, 2018

    Can you substitute the coconut oil in this recipe for another oil, such as avocado?

  2. Marilea Johnson  March 5, 2019

    Was that a ninja food processor that was used? Im looking for a food processor and I like how that one chopped up the nuts and fruit pretty easily. What model of food processor is that. I am excited I found this recipe. I have been looking for something similar to this.

    • Chef Sallie  March 5, 2019

      Yes, you can use any food processor you like! I personally like the Ninja because it has three blades and is great for grinding up nuts and ingredients for protein bars, but I’ve also used the Cuisinart food processor and found it to work well.

  3. K  June 30, 2019

    Can these be batch made and then frozen? And defrosted in the fridge as needed?

    • Nichole Furlong  July 1, 2019

      Yes! You can definitely freeze and thaw as needed!

  4. Helen  June 10, 2020

    Do you have to add the coconut cream


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