These Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bars are incredibly moist and delicious, and contain a secret healthy ingredient which you would never guess!
I’ve made these bars for so many different people, some healthy eaters and others… not so healthy. And they are all amazed that these contain no flour or sugar, and are actually made with chickpeas!
Chickpeas? Yes, I know it sounds weird! But trust me, you would never know that these bars contain chickpeas! It makes the bars super moist and delicious.
Chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) are packed with:
- fiber, which helps you to feel full and improves your digestion. Fiber also helps to balance your cholesterol levels.
- folate, which is an essential vitamin for pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant.
- iron, zinc, and B vitamins.
If you are using canned chickpeas, be aware that many brands use the chemical BPA in the lining of their cans. BPA is a very dangerous chemical with a long list of frightening side effects. Here in Riyadh I buy chickpeas which come in glass jars, to avoid this risk.
To boost the nutritional content even further, you can sprout your chickpeas first, and then boil until soft. Read here about How (and Why) to Sprout Legumes.