Banana Chocolate Squares

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I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! Did you make any special treats? I made raw chocolates which you can find the recipe for HERE, and yesterday I made these banana chocolate squares for a dinner party with friends. I created a dense, chewy banana bar with a creamy banana chocolate frosting. They are bursting with banana flavour and get even better as they sit for a day in the fridge. They make a great dessert, afternoon snack, or could even be enjoyed as a breakfast treat.

Make sure to use whole, dried bananas NOT banana chips (which are deep fried).

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Raw Banana Chocolate Squares

Banana Bars

1 1/2 cups almonds

1 cup chopped, lightly packed dried banana

1/3 cup packed dates, chopped

2 1/2 – 3 teaspoons water

2 pinches of himalayan salt

Grind the almonds and salt down to flour in a food processor. Add the dates and banana. Process until they are completely broken down. Add the water and pulse to combine. Press the mixture into 3/4 of a plastic wrap lined 8 inch square pan. If you press the dough into the entire pan they will be a bit too thin. Chill in the fridge while making the frosting.

Banana Chocolate Frosting

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup banana powder

5 tablespoons warm water

1 tablespoon almond butter

1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder, or more

3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Combine all ingredients in a blender in the order given and blend until completely smooth. Add another 1 teaspoon cacao powder if desired for a darker chocolate. Spread the mixture over the bars. Chill in the fridge for 12 hours. The frosting will firm slightly and hold its shape but will still be soft. Slice into squares.

I dusted the squares with cacao powder, banana powder, and cacao nibs.

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Recipe by Chef Heather Pace, www.sweetlyraw.com

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