AIP Banana Bread Bites

A protein packed sweet treat to satisfy your afternoon cravings, these AIP Banana Bread Bites taste like banana bread without having to bake!

green bowl filled with AIP banana bread bites drizzled with coconut butterThese banana bread bites have been saving my butt lately.

As I’m typing this, I am almost done with the January Whole30 / January AIP. And boy am I ready… mostly because when this post goes live, I will be in PALM SPRINGS!! I surprised Pat with a trip for his 30th birthday and we are getting out of the cold and heading to California. PTL.

Note: PTL is my mom’s acronym for Praise the Lord, which is 100% applicable to my feelings about getting out of the cold.

But because of this gosh darn weather, our flight and trip was cancelled. I’m DEVastated to put it lightly.

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The plan was to spend the next few days relaxing, soaking up the warm weather, going on a mid-century modern architecture tour, hiking, and eating/drinking all of the things.

And whenever we travel, I make sure to pack us a lot of snacks. I’ve said this before, but packing snacks for trips is one of my top five skills – maybe even top three. BOLD statement, I know. But it’s the truth.

Snacks for this trip included Chomps sticks, my grain free granola, Lemon Larabars, The New Primal Beef Thins, and of course…

AIP BANANA BREAD BITES

close up shot of toasted coconut flakesAs you know, I have a lot of energy bite recipes on this site. My favorites being my homemade Lemon Larabars bites (I really love them!), golden raisin cashew energy bites, and my peanut butter protein bliss bites.

But the base of all of these is some sort of nut, seed, or a combination of the two. Nuts and seeds are not allowed on AIP, so I decided to get creative! The base of these banana bread bites is coconut in two forms:

  • toasted coconut flakes blended to an almost nut-butter consistency
  • coconut flour

And then I drizzled some more coconut butter on top for good measure. But coconut alone isn’t enough.

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Of course, banana was needed in order to get the banana bread flavor. And cinnamon too! At this point the recipe was filled with lots of healthy fats, which always does a great job of keeping me full. But I wanted something that would also give me a protein bump. Collagen it is!

You could also use your favorite protein powder. To keep with the banana bread flavor, I’d opt for vanilla but you could totally switch it up and get crazy!green bowl filled with AIP banana bread bites drizzled with coconut butterIf this is your last day of January Whole30, congratulations!! I hope these AIP banana bread bites make their way into your snacking situation this week, even if you’re not doing Whole30.

And, if you make this recipe, remember to tag @imhungrybynature on Instagram!

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AIP Banana Bread Bites

  • Author: Ellie
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bites 1x

Description

A protein packed sweet treat to satisfy your afternoon cravings, these AIP Banana Bread Bites taste like banana bread without having to bake!


Scale

Ingredients

2 cups coconut flakes
1/4 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup collagen peptides
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Coconut butter, to drizzle


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toast the coconut in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
Add the coconut into a food processor and process for 3-5 minutes, scraping down as necessary, until it turns into a finely ground, mealy texture.
Add remaining ingredients in a food processor and process until a dough has formed.*
Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
Remove and drizzle with coconut butter.
Place back in the freezer for 20 mores minute and store in a airtight container in the fridge.


Notes

*If your mixture is still wet and doesn’t form a dough, add another 1 Tablespoon coconut flour.

green bowl filled with AIP banana bread bites drizzled with coconut butter

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