No Bake Elvis Bars

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When I wrote this post yesterday afternoon I was sitting at my desk with a mini fan blasting ten inches from my face. My wrist rested on a frozen gel-pack and my hair was a lovely style of poof. Please remind me not to bother blow drying my hair when it’s this humid out. We always get a few hot days in September, but 36 Celsius with a humidity of 44C is a bit much. As much as I don’t want the colder weather to arrive, this heat wave makes me slightly happy fall is approaching. Bring on the boots, jeans, and crunchy leaves. Just don’t bring the snow, wind chill, and black ice, mmm kay?

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All I could think about was making something cold and refreshing yesterday. Smoothies, fruit, salads, and no bake snacks are the perfect heat wave foods. I figure if I’m sticking my head in the freezer, I might as well be eating something from the freezer at the same time!  I’ve always been good at multitasking.

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This simple, cool-you-down snack is my take on the ever popular Elvis Pie. Apparently, Elvis used to enjoy banana and peanut butter sandwiches (sometimes with bacon as well). Instead of using peanut butter, I made this a banana and almond butter combo complete with a delicious almond-based crust. The bacon is replaced by chocolate, of course.

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Photographing this frozen treat in 36C, standing beside huge windows with the sun beaming in on me was not very fun. Total hot flash moment. After each shot, I had to race the squares back to the freezer because they melted in seconds. Needless to say, I demolished a row of squares immediately after the shoot to avoid heat exhaustion. Or at least that’s what I told myself.

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No Bake Elvis Bars

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw

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A quick and easy, minimally sweetened frozen dessert square inspired by the popular Elvis Pie. My version uses almond butter instead of peanut butter and replaces the bacon for chocolate. Be sure to enjoy these straight out of the freezer as they melt really fast!

Yield
16 small squares
Freeze time
1-1.5 hours
Prep Time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Total Time

Ingredients:

For the crust:
  • 1.5 cup whole almonds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar syrup (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste
For the middle layer:
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened slightly
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste
For the chocolate drizzle:
  • 3 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way. This makes it easy to lift out the bars later on.
  2. For the crust: Add the almonds into a food processor and process until a fine crumb forms, slightly larger than sand. Now add in the rest of the crust ingredients and process until the mixture comes together, scraping the side of the bowl as needed. The mixture should be a slightly tacky and should stick together when pressed with your fingers. If it's not, add a very small splash of water and process again for a few seconds.
  3. Dump the crust mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth out evenly and then press down firmly and evenly into the pan. You can lightly wet your fingers if the crust sticks to them. Use a pastry roller to roll it very smooth, compacting it as much as possible. Place in freezer while you prepare the middle layer.
  4. Middle layer: Give the processor bowl a quick rinse. Add all the middle layer ingredients into the processor and process until smooth. Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the middle layer on top. Smooth out. Return to the freezer for at least 1-1.5 hours to set, until the middle layer is very firm to the touch.
  5. Chocolate drizzle: When the middle layer is completely solid, prepare the topping. In a small pot heat the chocolate and coconut oil on the lowest heat, stirring to combine. When half of the chips have melted, remove the pot from the heat and stir until completely melted. Remove the bars from the freezer. Lift slab out of the pan and slice into squares. Spread out the squares on a plate lined with parchment paper. Drizzle on the melted chocolate and return bars to the freezer until the chocolate is firm and the bars are solid.
  6. Enjoy these bars frozen, straight from the freezer. They melt very quickly so I don't suggest leaving them out for more than a couple minutes. Wrap leftovers and store in the freezer.

Tips:

1) Brown rice syrup will work instead of coconut nectar. I haven't tried any other liquid sweeteners yet, but I assume maple syrup or honey (if you eat it) would work too, although the crust might not stick together as much since coconut nectar is so thick. 2) There is no substitute for the coconut oil that I know of. It solidifies when freezing helping to make the bars very firm.

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1 erin September 11, 2013

These look delicious!

The photographs you take are SO nice. I pulled out my old point and shoot digital camera from like 5 years ago to take pictures and they certainly don’t compare! Keep up the good work :)

Also, I will be adding these to my list of things to try out soon.

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 11, 2013

Aw thanks for the nice words. :)

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3 The Peace Patch September 11, 2013

Thank you for leaving out the bacon. Elvis may have been King but the bacon thing always made me shudder. Almond butter and bananas and chocolate? ohHECKyes! Superyumful freezer treat and you totally deserved to demolish as many as you like. :)
Cheers!

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4 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health September 11, 2013

What is up with the heat everywhere? I’m ready for the cool weather too!
That is so funny you had to keep running to the freezer with these. Ah, the joys of food blogging.

I’ve never heard of Elvis Pie but I love the way your vegan version looks. I wish I could shove one in my face right now.

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5 Duze September 11, 2013

These look delicious! Damn my almond allergy!

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6 Caitlin September 11, 2013

these look delicious, angela! these are the perfect no-bake treats filled with the most delicious food combo ever. and i hear you about the heat and humidity- it’s pretty gross out today!

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7 Jill September 11, 2013

Wow these look great!

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8 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 11, 2013

These are the most mouth-watering treats I’ve ever seen!

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9 Emily - It comes naturally September 11, 2013

We’ve got autumn arriving in the UK. I was looking for a gorgeous snack bar recipe – I think I’ve found it! You don’t happen to have the nutritional values do you?

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10 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 11, 2013

These bars look so amazing! The fact that they’re no bake is a huge plus too!

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11 Katy @ Katy's Kitchen September 11, 2013

We had our fair share of those hot days in Winnipeg in August – they went away for a while and I think might be gone for good now but last week we definitely had a scorcher! No bake treats are a must for those occasions and these look wonderful! I’m pinning them for holiday treat ideas :)

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12 chloe September 11, 2013

these look so good!!! i cant even describe. thank you!

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13 Shundara@SavyNaturalista September 11, 2013

I am so happy we are not having a heat wave, we are in the 90’s so I am happy.. I love these elvis bars, and we know Elvis loved his cookies and pies so the title is perfect!

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14 Ann September 11, 2013

These look amazing! Will have to try them. I will likely try it with maple syrup since I don’t have coconut nectar and am not a huge fan of honey. Thanks for sharing!!

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15 Julieta December 10, 2015

Did you try them with maple syrup? I was going to substitute the ingredient as well. How did they turn out?

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16 Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 11, 2013

As a girl who is from Memphis (land of Elvis), I need to make these. It’s like a requirement, right? Great, glad I could justify this.

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17 Elyse @myveganp September 11, 2013

These looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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18 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 11, 2013

Oh my goodness Ange, you’ve outdone yourself! These look absolutely delicious, and that’s coming from someone that doesn’t eat a whole lot of sweets. Love the chocolate drizzle on top! I agree – yesterday was smokin’! I’ll take it though – I really, really don’t want it to get cold outside! (Pumpkin and warm weather can co-exist, I know it!)

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19 Amy September 11, 2013

Wow. All I can say is I love your blog, I make a lot of your recipes (love them!). But I don’t usually comment.. But these photos look SO AMAZING. I have to make this. I love your food ideas!!! :)

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20 Christine @ Gotta Eat Green September 11, 2013

Almond butter, bananas, and chocolate? Ohh ya. Sounds like the perfect way to beat the heat! Seriously, what was with that weather yesterday?

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21 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl September 11, 2013

So loving the looks of these!!!! The ingredient list is fabulous and I especially like the addition to almond butter in the crust. Gorgeous photos as always!

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22 LauraD September 11, 2013

These look so great! What do you suggest as a substitute for coconut oil? I’ve been meaning to try it, but it seems quite expensive (maybe I’m not looking in the right places!) Would regular canola oil still work the same way?

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23 Anna September 11, 2013

Coconut oil solidifies when cold. As far as I know, I don’t know of any other oil that works the same way

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24 Kaylie @ Skinny Muffin September 11, 2013

These sound delightful. I am also ready for some cooler weather but in the meantime, these should get me through. Your pictures are FAB and I wish I could just reach through the screen.

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25 Shelley September 11, 2013

Thank you for another recipe that looks amazing! All the recipes I have tried so far have been fabulous. Whenever we go out to a restaurant we don’t even order dessert anymore. They can never hold a candle to the ones we make ourselves! So many of those are off of your website now. Who knew being vegan could be so awesome! The other recipes I have tried have been wonderful too, but I truly am a chocoholic!

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26 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2013

Thank you Shelley, I so appreciate your kind words!

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27 Maura September 11, 2013

Angela….I know you named these Elvis Bars for me right? Cuz ya know I love Elvis and I love anything chocolatey that you make! :-) wink wink! Well…I shall pretend you named them for me! ha ha!
These are delicious! had them last night! Thank you thank you for being you! <3

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28 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan September 11, 2013

Of course you have another drool worthy recipe : ) I totally agree about shooting in the heat! I decided to shoot popsicles in the middle of a heatwave this summer and our AC is a joke..needless to say they were gone in NO time!

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29 char eats greens September 11, 2013

I needed these yesterday. I think I melted all over Guelph yesterday!!! I need more coconut oil. Where are my endless pantry and fridge supplies when you need them ;)

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30 Alex September 11, 2013

you, my lady, are pure genius. I can’t wait for your book.

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31 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 11, 2013

I’ll take 12…err…I mean, two?

I could picture you trying to get the perfect shot! We appreciate it, if that helps? :)

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32 Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies September 11, 2013

It’s been painfully hot here, too, but is supposed to cool down by tomorrow. I must make these TONIGHT so I can enjoy their frosty coolness appropriately :)

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33 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 11, 2013

That banana and almond butter combo in the middle looks insanely good! Rich, creamy, just sweet enough, and with coocnut oil; and the texture from the crust. I am so sold! I love the images, especially your lead off pic. Pinned!

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34 marlies September 11, 2013

do you think I could use dates instead of a liquid sweetener for the base? I have dates around but no liquid sweetener besides maple syrup, and i would looove to make these! :)

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35 Caitlin September 30, 2013

I just made them with maple syrup. The peanut butter helps to hold it all together so the maple syrup worked nicely.

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36 Kylie - FotV September 11, 2013

It’s been hot here too, so I completely understand about not wanting to turn the oven on!

These little treats are so beautiful! I would love to dazzle my friends with them at a potluck or party!

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37 Michelle September 11, 2013

Maybe I can add Phoney baloney’s coconut bacon and they will be true Elvis bars..these look amazing either way… yum

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38 Jessica September 11, 2013

Ohmygosh. I want to face plant into these! I must make. Thank you so much for always bringing it! These looks too good to be true! You are a rock star vegan goddess!

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39 jodye @ whole pure recipes September 11, 2013

These bars look amazing, Angela! Clearly Elvis knew his flavor pairings well, because chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas never fail to please. I can’t wait to try these. The contrasting flavors and textures sound so satisfying!

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40 Jamie @lifelovelemons September 11, 2013

Oh my gosh these look so yummy! Love that they’re no bake!

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41 Ashley September 11, 2013

Angela!!! You’ve really done it with these. Oh my gosh do the look + sound outstanding! We are finallyyyyy over our month-long heat wave. However, it’s been raining for 3 days straight and now we have water seeping in the foundation of our new house! Fun times…haha

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42 Amy September 11, 2013

I’m allergic to almonds – is there another nut I can replace with for the crust?

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43 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2013

Hey Amy, What about hazelnuts? Or maybe ground rolled oats?

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44 Abbey @ thesonomalife March 18, 2015
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I used mulberries for the crust and it was delicious! They can be a bit sweet though so maybe an oats/mulberries combo would work too.
Angela, these are TOO good! So perfect for warmer days.

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45 Jenn September 16, 2013

Hey Amy! I was out of almond butter so I used sunflower seed butter instead and they turned out SO amazing:) I buy mine at Tradee Joes but I’m sure you could also get it at most health food stores :)

Good luck!

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46 Alex @ Kenzie Life September 11, 2013

I want one of these right now! It was so hot in Colorado all of last week and all of a sudden the weather turned and it’s foggy and raining. I’ll have to make these when we have some sunshine!

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47 luminousvegans September 11, 2013

You had me at no-bake, but I’m stayin’ for the chocolate! Nom nom nom.

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48 Heather L September 11, 2013

These look so yummy…will have to get coconut nectar and try making them! And hey, I’m just reading the new Canadian Living and there you are! What a nice little profile! (Did I miss you mention this?). Also, I’m glad you take blogging breaks when you need, but it’s nice to be getting so much from you lately! ;)

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49 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers September 11, 2013

Yes, yes, and more yes. I’ll take 4!

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50 Marisa September 11, 2013

Can you use almond flour instead of grinding up almonds? I have a big bag of almond flour I need to use!

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51 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2013

Yes Im sure that’s fine :) 1 cup whole almonds usually makes about 1 and 1/3 cups meal.

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52 Emily K. @ Leaf Parade September 11, 2013

I want to go to there.

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53 Diana Diaz September 11, 2013

These look incredible. I wonder if you can use date paste instead…I’ll give it a try! :) Have a lovely day!

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54 Emma September 11, 2013

Wonderful photography as usual :)
I always find the combination of banana + chocolate + nuts amaaaazing!

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55 Carole September 11, 2013

Oh wow… these (and really ALL your recipes) are amazing!! You are an inspiration, I’ve started my own food blog due to all my food allergies. Thank you for what you do and all your DELICIOUS recipes!!! :) :)
Carole

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56 Tara September 11, 2013

These look amazing! Will be trying them as soon as my whole30 is up! Thank you!

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57 Jennie @themessybakerblog September 11, 2013

Yup, it’s 95 degrees here today. My hair is a mess and my upper lip is sweating. I sure could go for one of these sweet treats.

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58 Simi @ The Micro Harvest September 11, 2013

such beautiful photos in this post! I love the split shot of the squares before and after chocolate drizzle. can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

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59 Amy September 11, 2013

These look so great! I have a gazillion bananas in my freezer that I need to use up. Do you think it would be ok if I use thawed frozen bananas since they’re going back in the freezer anyway, or do you think the texture would be off?

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60 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2013

Hmm…in my experience, thawed frozen bananas tend to be more watery? Not sure though! Maybe if you drained off the excess liquid it would be fine.

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61 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 11, 2013

Love these! Such a fun recipe!

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62 Shannon September 11, 2013

These bars sound great. Peanut butter banana is one of my favorite flavor combos!

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63 Stephanie September 11, 2013

Is there any way to replace the almonds….I’m allergic to them

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64 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2013

Hey Stephanie, You might be able to use ground rolled oats, but you’d have to play around with it.

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65 Tracey Grimes September 11, 2013

OMG, I WILL be making these this weekend! Supposed to be back in the 100’s again in LA, so I’m with you on the cold goodies. Thank you for such AMAZING recipes and ideas.

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66 Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} September 11, 2013

Almond butter is my favorite nut butter and I’ve always preferred banana & PB sandwiches over ones with jelly! These looks simply amazing and I love the chocolate drizzle replacement to bacon.

It is has been over 90 F here the past two days so I totally hear you on the heat (I am melting!) However, I also know that soon enough it will be fall and quickly winter around these parts so am trying to not complain too much about the heat.

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67 Stephanie September 11, 2013

I love the Vegan Mofo stint you’re on. I am always so antsy while waiting for another OSG recipe, so the everyday blogging run is awesome for the impatient foodie that I am!

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68 Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie September 11, 2013

I know what I’ll be doing – And eating – This weekend! <3

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69 Haley September 11, 2013

Angela,

I can’t tell you how satisfied I’ve been with all of your recipes. Everyone one I try, I am just like “wow, this is so good.” It gives me a lot of confidence in my abilities in the kitchen now! I am finally back in my own kitchen after being away all summer and I’ve been making time to try out more and more recipes. We have a heat wave here in New Hamsphire today too, and while I was planning on doing one of your cupcake recipes, it was just too darn hot. The no bake elvis bars were perfect substitute and so delicious. The middle layers was just like ice cream! Thank you so much for your determination and all of your fun, simple, and mouth watering recipes. You are a solid writer and I love your sense of humor. Good luck on your Vegan MOFO challenge. Thank you!

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70 Richa September 11, 2013

i so need these today. its sohot and i dont want to stand in the kitchne.. just munch on some of these goodies!

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71 Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 11, 2013

these look so delicious….and so pretty too!

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72 kandi September 11, 2013

I made these tonight and they were a hit (not as beautiful as yours since mine just kept sweating due to the heat wave). Thanks for all the easy yet fabulous recipes that even the simple cooks can follow! xo

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73 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2013

Glad you enjoyed them Kandi!

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74 Jennie September 11, 2013

Thank you for this simply magical concoction:]

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75 Jill September 11, 2013

Three letters – O, M, G. Making these like tomorrow! Morning!

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76 kimmythevegan September 11, 2013

Oooh these look super tasty! I was looking at the picture and praying that they didn’t have dates in them (as I am fresh out and want to make these NOW) and I have all of the ingredients =) Score!

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77 Tara@PNWRunner September 11, 2013

Oh these look amazing. I must try them. I’ve been enjoying no bake cookies!

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78 Kait September 11, 2013

*drools* Um thank you for making these peanut-free. And perfect. ::)

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79 donnia September 12, 2013

omg so excited I have everything to make this!!!

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80 Emily @ Life on Food September 12, 2013

Oh man, these are being added to the list for sure. Wish I had this recipe all summer.

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81 brittany September 12, 2013

Angela, these look AWESOME! I LOVE that you are participating in the Vegan MoFo cause you create so many amazing dishes, yay! Keep up the good work!

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82 michelle September 12, 2013

wow. these look absolutely amazing! I know mine won’t turn out as pretty as yours, but this is a definite for the must make list. Thanks!

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83 Laura @ The Green Forks! September 12, 2013

I am going to make these ASAP. They look amazing! You have the best recipes…

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84 Miriam September 12, 2013

Looking awesome yet simple to make! Love it! Thank you for sharing great recipes.

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85 Caitlin September 12, 2013

Those look great! Can’t believe how hot it is there. It is cold and rainy and a bit wintry here in London, although that doesn’t stop me from wanting to eat these frozen treats! :)

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86 Ivy September 12, 2013

Wow, this is certainly one of my must-try-soon recipes! I love that it is low ig and grain-free. I just found out your blog, it’s full of interesting recipes and great looking pictures. It’s been two years now that I’ve changed cooking for my husband that has diabetes 1. We eat only 100% organic and natural, low glycemic index and low insulinic index + superfoods. In six months his daily insulin intake dropped by 60%, we see improvements day by day and he never felt better! So i’m always in search for inspiration for sweets and treats and this recipe of yours just seems perfect! Thanks! Ivy

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87 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2013

Thanks Ivy, I hope you enjoy it!

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88 Becca September 12, 2013

I just wanted to pop in and say that I love your more frequent blogging! …and you totally rock because your new posts and recipes as of late have all been so, so awesome. Thanks for working hard to make this such a fabulous blog.

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89 Lauren September 12, 2013

I made this in a raw pie form last night – with a top chocolate layer from your raw almond butter cup recipe. completely amazing!!

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90 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 13, 2013

Love this idea :)

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91 Julie September 12, 2013

YES! This is everything I’ve always wanted and more ;-) hahaha

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92 McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped September 12, 2013

Whoa. All I have to say is whoa… and that I want these haha. I love your style of photography- very inspiring!

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93 Kirsten L. September 12, 2013

This recipe sounds great! I am making them this weekend. Also, some feedback for your new recipe printing. I know you are using a new system so we can print your recipes. I do not like it. To print this recipe, it takes 6 pages! and 4 of them are all ads. Also, the title is very faint I don’t know if it’s supposed to be gray, but on a black and white printer it’s unreadable so glacing at the page I don’t know the name of the recipe. It’s great you’re trying your own system, but it may need some tweeks. Thanks!

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94 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 13, 2013

Hey Kirsten, I’m surprised that you say the ads are printing! That shouldn’t be happening – I don’t get any ads when I print. What browser/operating system do you use? Thanks for your help.

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95 Kirsten September 13, 2013

I figured it out! I am so sorry, but I think it was my doing for why I was getting a 6 page recipe. I normally use internet explorer, but I just tried firefox. When I press the ‘print’ icon from the home page, the printer confirmation box would come up, and I would press ‘print’ I need to exit out of that and click on the ‘print’ icon again. Sorry for any confusion!

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96 Mandie Marie @ The Fruitful Turtle September 12, 2013

No bake you say? It’s still about 100 where I am, so a no bake recipe is a must for me! This looks so delicious :) Even the person next to me at Starbucks commented on them ;)

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97 Heather Williams September 12, 2013

I’ve been trying to get my mom to eat vegan foods more for awhile. She’s so reluctant which breaks my heart, but THESE would be amazing to make for her since she loves all things banana, PB and chocolate! I know she would adore these! They are gorgeous!:) You’re so talented Angela! Glad to see you’re back in the game!<3

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98 Jessica September 12, 2013

Hi Angela,

I just made these and used honey instead of coconut nectar for the base, and the consistency was great and it worked out perfectly. These are so yummy :)

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99 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 13, 2013

Thanks for your feedback Jessica! Glad you enjoyed them

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100 JessMarinDavis September 12, 2013

OMG. Just sampled the creamy middle. Delicious. Way more delicious than I ever thought it could be. Can’t wait for these guys to be ready! Gonna lick to food processor bowl while I wait.

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101 Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) September 12, 2013

My mind is blown by how pretty these bars look. And they’re no-bake, which is even better. Gorgeous!

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102 nan @ lbddiaries September 12, 2013

Oh my gosh – something yummy that doesn’t have flour in it! I can eat it! Yay! I can’t wait to try coconut nectar – am ordering some right away!

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103 Danae September 12, 2013

I made these this morning for my afternoon dessert, and they are absolutely delicious. Thank you for the amazing recipe!

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104 Randi (laughfrodisiac) September 12, 2013

They look beautiful! Great combination of things. And I hear you – I haven’t blow-dried my hair in 4 months, no joke.

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105 taylor @ taylormade September 12, 2013

hoooooly crap. these look freaking amazing!!! must. make. immediately.

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106 Kate Norris September 13, 2013

Just made these for dessert tonight, they were amazing! Thanks for posting such another great recipe!

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107 Miss Scarr September 13, 2013

I made these last night for my fiance! His favourite flavours are bananas and peanut butter! He also enjoyed the cool treat on his sore throat! Hit it out of the park, Angela!

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108 Katie @ Produce on Parade September 13, 2013

Whoa. These look amazing. You really outdid yourself! I’m happy to hear you survived the photography bit of the post preparation. I can relate to that….

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109 Diane {Created by Diane} September 13, 2013

These look amazing and I NEED to make them, like NOW :)

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110 susan September 13, 2013

Does the coconut oil need to be melted before measuring for the crust and the chocolate drizzle? I always wonder about this when using coconut oil. Can’t wait to try them!

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111 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2013

Hi Susan, I never melt is first unless stated. Hope this helps!

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112 irush September 13, 2013

Making them today! I am so excite to take these Elvis bars to share with my family tomorrow! Thank you for sharing!

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113 Elise September 14, 2013

Made these last night and they are already gone ! They are delicious and I will be making them again for certain. I put them in a silicon muffin pan and they just popped right out.

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114 Amanda September 14, 2013

Angela, these are amazing! They remind me of Snickers ice cream bars, which I sadly cannot have anymore. Sniff! But here is a perfect replacement, but with banana and SO much better! We made these for a party one hot day and then the day of the party ended up being super chilly and fall-like, but I’m not complaining! I think the cooler weather must have been brought on by me making these chilly bars- like a delicious dessert rain dance of sorts. ;)

P.S. that chocolate drizzle could compete with the Dairy Queen hard chocolate shell that I have nostalgic memories of from my childhood! But way better for you! That’s two not-so-good-for-you treats that you officially made healthier and tastier! Way to go!!

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115 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 15, 2013

Hey Amanda, yay – so glad you enjoyed them! hah yea, I think I totally jinxed it with this recipe. It’s been chilly ever since!

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116 Laura September 15, 2013

I made these yesterday…Sooooooo good. I used honey and they turned out great. Awesome recipe. Thank you so much Angela

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117 India Leigh September 15, 2013

‘I demolished a row of squares immediately after the shoot to avoid heat exhaustion’
funny! :)

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118 April September 15, 2013

These were perfect. They were delish. They were a wonderful, decadent treat. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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119 April @ My Real Food Family September 16, 2013

These look so good…..can’t wait to try them out!

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120 Emily @ Sinful Nutrition September 16, 2013

These look absolutely amazing!! I love the flavor combo going on here, and now that the weather is getting a bit cooler, maybe they won’t melt as much as they did for you ; )

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121 Anna September 16, 2013

OMG! these are completely my dream come true. I loooove anything with chocolate and nut butters. Super excited for the book to come out by the way!

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122 erin September 16, 2013

these were great! thanks for all your recipes!

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123 The Vegan Cookie Fairy September 17, 2013

Yum yum yum I want some of this right nowwww!! :)

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124 Anna September 17, 2013

these are seriously heaven in my mouth! I didn´t have enough almonds but I made a crust out of a mix of almonds, cashews and pecans. Delicious!! Just want to let you know that your blog is amazing and all the recipes that I´ve made from here have been a HUGE hit with anyone who has tried them. thanks!!

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125 Shoba Shrinivasan September 18, 2013

ok Angela you really had me there….coconut nectar syrup??? whatever is that and how do i make it???

Shobha

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126 Erin September 20, 2013

These were fantastic! Even my non-veg friends, who are often reluctant to try my vegan recipes, loved these! I liked them best after moving them to the fridge about 30-40 min before ready to eat them.

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127 Paul September 21, 2013

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to veteran bakers, but the bananas really need to be ripe or even over-ripe to pull this off. My batch didn’t turn out very sweet and has that green banana flavour to it which is a real bummer. I also recommend being very careful with the salt.

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128 Lydia September 22, 2013

Great recipe! I used honey as the sweetener and raw peanut butter. They were so scrumptious! I’m already planning to make a second batch :)

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129 Lydia September 22, 2013

I was also going to mention, these bars remind me of ice cream bars. If you love Magnum or Dove bars (or miss them) these are a healthier and even more delicious substitute.

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130 Deb September 23, 2013

I made these and they are awesome. My kids loved them too. I tried to keep sharing with them but in the end…I hoarded them;-)

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131 Christy Harris September 23, 2013

These were awesome! Just made them this evening and my husband loved them!!

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132 Kellyn September 24, 2013

Angela,

I wanted to send you an e-mail personally, but I couldn’t find a direct address for you so wanted to leave a comment here. Thank you so much for another amazing dessert recipe. I have had a lot of diet changes/food restrictions so far in 2013 and don’t eat dairy, eggs, gluten, soy, and many nuts. Your blog has changed my life by offering so many DELICIOUS and allergy friendly recipes. Thank you for taking the time to develop so many recipes that are perfect for people with allergies, and for giving so many variation alternatives for the recipes that contain gluten, nuts, etc. I now wonder why everyone doesn’t just choose to eat this way — it tastes so much better and makes you feel so much better!

Your dark chocolate chilled pie with almond crust and strawberry compote is a favorite in my house. My husband and I dream about that pie, and we tell everyone we know to try it. I can’t wait for your cookbook!!!!!

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Warmly,
Kellyn

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133 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2013

Hi Kellyn,

Thank you so much for this lovely comment!! It truly means the world to me that you enjoy my recipes so much. It’s really why I blog, so thank you for letting me know! By the way, my email is found at the bottom of my About page (just for future reference it’s angela[at]ohsheglows[dot]com) Hope this helps and thanks for reading! :)

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134 Kyle September 26, 2013

These look so good. I’ve saved the recipe and plan to make them soon :)

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135 toni September 28, 2013

Hi,
Loved the No Bake Elvis recipe – but I don’t eat bananas – what can I substitute? Thanks.

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136 Matilde Gomez September 29, 2013

AMAZING!!!!!

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137 Ashleigh September 30, 2013

These look so yummy. Any suggestions for a substitute for the almonds? I can do peanuts but tree nuts like almonds, pecans and walnuts are a no-no!

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138 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2013

You might be able to get away with subbing the almond flour for oat flour and subbing the almond butter for sunflower seed butter (like Sunbutter). Let me know if you try it out!

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139 Caitlin September 30, 2013

Just made these… they are AMAZING!!!! Used maple syrup instead of coconut nectar syrup and it worked just fine.

Definitely making these babies again!

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140 Tammy Norman September 30, 2013

HI there…..I just love your recipes….every single one I try I love. I really want to make these No Bake Elvis Bars but Im allergic to almonds. Can you think of an alternative? thank you in advance. :) Tammy

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141 Jamie H September 30, 2013

These were on my “Want to try” list. And I made them tonight…let me just say, these are excellent! Moved them to a new list – make every week.

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142 Natassia October 6, 2013

These look amazing! I will definitely be trying these in the near future

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143 Natalie October 9, 2013

I just made these today and OMG they were incredible! Super simple and delicious! I was skeptical because it was no bake… But these are amazeing and they will definately
Be in my recipie box!!!

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144 Trisha Virgadamo October 13, 2013

Made these tonight and they are outstanding!

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145 Bethany Mueller October 14, 2013

I used Palm Oil as a substitute for Coconut Oil. It has a slightly more pungent flavor, but it thickens well. I also used dates in the crust in place of coconut oil.

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146 Heather October 14, 2013

Just made some of these. Yet to try the finished result (currently in the freezer) but got my 2 year old approval as she devoured the left overs in the bowl

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147 Huong October 20, 2013

These were incredibly easy to make and came out delicious. I followed the recipe to the tee using peanut butter and everybody loved them. Thanks for sharing :)

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148 Lauren Rose October 22, 2013

Hi Angela!

Would applesauce work as a banana sub? Im allergic to naners- total bummer!

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149 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2013

Hey Lauren,
I’m not sure applesauce has the creaminess that’s needed for these bars. Maybe if you mixed it with more nut butter? I’m really not sure!

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150 Anneli October 26, 2013

Just made these tonight – these will certainly be made again!
I didn’t have enough almonds so I used about 1 cup of almonds and substituted the rest with cashew nuts, and also increased the cinnamon to a full teaspoon (because I’m slightly addicted to cinnamon!) but apart from that I followed the recipe to the dot and the end result is delicious. They were pretty easy to make and thanks to clear instructions the recipe was pretty foolproof. My husband likes them too! Thanks so much for sharing!

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151 Talula October 30, 2013

Hi Angela, just a quick question about the almonds in the base layer: are you using roasted or “natural” almonds here? The bulk store has both but I’m not sure what to use. Thanks!!

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152 Talula November 1, 2013

Update!! I went ahead and made them with “natural” almonds rather than roasted, and it turned out great! I’d also like to share my changes in case it might help others:

– Subbed half the PB for tahini in both the base and the banana layer.
– I used honey rather than coconut nectar syrup, which made it no longer vegan, but it worked just fine.
– My bananas weren’t the sweetest since they still had a little green on the stem, so I added a touch of honey to the banana layer and it worked great.
– Used WAY less coconut oil in the banana layer. Like, I would say only about half of what was called for here (eyeballed it), and added another 1/2 a banana instead to make up the volume. This worked great! The texture is very very firm when frozen, and it holds it’s shape just fine even out of the freezer for a half hour.

Thanks for a great recipe, these are SO TASTY!!

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153 Kelli November 6, 2013

Has anyone ever tried coconut bacon? It’s totally vegan. I love adding it to Angela’s detox salad with broc and cauli. It also makes a great topping to salads. It’s crunchy and smoky with a little BBQ flavor. The brand is Phoney Baloney. I haven’t seen them at our Whole Foods though in Florida. I bought them from a vegan cafe. Anyway, they could make a yummy addition to the dessert…..or your next salad.

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154 Melissa November 15, 2013

This was delicious! I made it for a book club and everyone loved it. I didn’t have the coconut nectar syrup so I used pure maple syrup – it turned out perfect!

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155 Samantha November 17, 2013

I have just came across this website and I am in love with all the recipes. It is coming into my summer in Australia and I cannot wait to make these as well as every other recipe. Yum thank you for sharing your photos and recipes.

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156 Kelli G December 10, 2013

I absolutely adore your website. Iove every recipe I try from the flaked “tuna salad to the berry blast smoothie to the steel cut oats breakfast recipes. I’m making the Elvis bars for guests on Friday night. I can guarantee it will be a hit! Your recipes are the #1 share on my vegan page “Our Vegan Journey”.

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157 Casey December 11, 2013

I’ve made these a couple of times and they are AMAZING!! People always ask me for the recipe. But I usually just sprinkle tiny chocolate chips on top of the bars before putting them in the freezer, rather than drizzling it on after they’re frozen :)

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158 Ivana December 13, 2013

Made these today, I used honey as a sweetener and peanut butter. Also, I added an entire layer of chocolate on top instead of just a drizzle. Sooo goood, they taste like mini ice cream pies! Thanks for a great recipe!

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159 Anna December 16, 2013

Holy cow, I just made these and they taste fantastic! Ran out of coconut nectar and agave nectar but honey worked very well too! Didn’t have a food process (will need to get one) but the vitamix worked pretty well, just hard to get an even crumble. Still worked though. I can’t wait to make more deserts from your blog for the holidays because all of them look delish!!

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160 Tabatha February 10, 2014

I can’t wait to make these! These look so delish!

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161 rachel February 26, 2014

I made these and they were FANTASTIC. I didn’t have the chocolate drizzle unfortunately but they were good enough on their own! I substituted .5 cups of the almond in the crust for shredded unsweetened coconut. And used honey instead of that syrup, it worked out amazing! It tastes as good, if not better than the desserts at my local Raw/Vegan restaurant.

Thanks so much!

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162 Stephanie April 5, 2014

I just wanted to say, my daughter and I are allergic to almonds. So we used peanuts instead and it was still yummy! Thanks!

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163 Andrea April 28, 2014

Just made these, they are delicious! Thanks for such delicious and simple recipes – mine almost look like the ones in your photos, something that rarely happens :)

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164 Didi May 8, 2014

This looks so yummy! But.. I dont eat Banana. What else can i use instead?

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165 Maggie June 16, 2014

Just made these! Not every thing I make from an online website looks like the pictures- but ALL of your recipes always do! I love cooking and baking and ohsheglows is my go to website when looking for something new and that I’ll feel good about eating. Thanks Angela!

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166 Shanna June 29, 2014

Should the banana be frozen when we mix them with the other ingredients?

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167 Lisa | Mummy Made.it July 20, 2014

These look so naughty…but they’re as clean as can be!!

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168 Nadia August 5, 2014

Thank you so much for posting this great recipe. I make this for my daughter Gabi and she LOVES it. You should def keep this in mind as a summer snack for when you’re in the toddler stage.

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169 Nikki August 14, 2014
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I made these today (I was procrasti-baking… well, actually I was procrasti-non-baking) and they were absolutely fantastic! I ended up doubling the recipe to make a large pan of bars. What a delicious way to procrastinate! Now I better get back to work!

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170 Erika August 21, 2014
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Delicious! Easy to make too! Had a hard time NOT eating the entire batch by myself.

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171 May Casson August 27, 2014
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My friend’s mother made these and gave me a taste.
And then I went home and made them myself.
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

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172 Whitney August 31, 2014
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Oh, em’ gee. These were soooo good. I made them tonight and I didn’t really know what to expect but they taste exactly like a banana split! My husband and I had several. It’s like each bite gets better and better. I’m so glad I found your blog! <3

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173 Anna Lee November 5, 2014
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I just made these, and holy cow, they were fantastic! Anything with peanut butter and bananas is an automatic winner in my book, and with a chocolate drizzle on top, hot damn! Suffice it to say, I love them haha. I didn’t have enough almonds so I subbed half oat flour. I was worried it would be too oaty and wouldn’t taste the almonds, but it was great! I also didn’t use enough oats (whoops), so my crust yielded only about 2/3 of the pan covered, giving me more filling than crust (ugh!). But I found out the banana/peanut butter mixture tastes amazing on its own so I’ve been spooning the leftovers out of the bowl. :P

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174 Claire December 4, 2014
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made these tonight and they are delicious!! They are super soft on top (the middle layer). They’ve been in the freezer for a couple of hours so I’m hoping they firm up a tiny bit more overnight. I like that the bottom crust layer didn’t get too hard, they are very enjoyable right from the freezer!

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175 Anna January 7, 2015

These are great! I’ve made these several times in the last couple of months. I can never get enough of them! Though you can never go wrong with PB and banana.

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176 Jamie February 8, 2015

Yum these look soo good! xxo
Jamie
http://www.candystilettos.com

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177 Sheryl March 8, 2015

Made these today and eating now. Delish! Used honey instead of the nectar and they stuck together very well!

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178 Mickinly June 5, 2015

Is there any substitution for the banana? Could I use another fruit?

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179 Colleen August 1, 2015

If you use raisins or dates in the crust, you don’t need the syrup.

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180 NSNY February 13, 2016

I’ve been on the Candida diet for 3 months! My naturalpath says that coconut sugar and honey are Ok, so I’ll be making these sans the chocolate to finally have a mix in my life. : ) TY!

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181 Sherri L Villarreal March 18, 2016

Made these for hubbie’s birthday today, big hit, and so easy!

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