These gluten-free and vegan Banana Blondies with Caramel Frosting are a fudgy, banana treat! Delicious banana blondies are covered in a simple dairy-free caramel frosting that takes the entire recipe over the top!
Not to toot my own horn here y’all, but I’ve really stepped up my game this time. Banana Blondies with Caramel Frosting? I die.
Though I spent the weekend mostly soothing my raw, sore throat with tea, blowing snot from my nose and coughing up a lung, I did manage to be somewhat productive in creating a few recipes. I guess that’s what happens when I put myself in a self-imposed quarantine. With Ninja gone on business and me sick, I opted to lock myself away Saturday and Sunday to protect everyone else from any germs I might spread. Though I will admit that I did venture out to Target to pick up toothepaste, which in turn ended in a super awkward conversation with a man I passed by.
No, really – it was probably the most out of the blue, random question I’ve ever been asked.
“Are you a wrestler?”
Ummmm, what? I mean I know I’ve been lifting a lot heavier lately and have been really crushing my workouts, but I’m pretty sure that I don’t resemble a wrestler. Wait – Do I? I just kind of laughed at him, replied, “no, soccer player” to which he said, “oh that makes sense.” And that was that.
Weird, right? Remind me not to go out in public again while sick. Maybe I imagined the entire thing..
And that story really has nothing at all to do with these Banana Blondies but I just had to share it with you. Just in case you wondered what type of random conversations happen with strangers in my neck of the woods 😉
But let’s get back to these beauties, shall we?
I initially made these banana blondies with the intention of bringing them over to Daddy’s on Sunday. We typically watch football together all day and hang out as a family but I really didn’t want to get Little Sissy or Mom#2 sick [Daddy is pretty impervious to illnesses], so I opted to stay away until I stopped hacking my germs everywhere.
That being said, I have a feeling that Daddy might be a tad bit miffed he missed out on these. Guess I’ll have to make another batch seeing as how this one didn’t last long.
I’ve gotta be honest though, as amazing as these banana blondies are [and they are ahhhhmazing] they wouldn’t be quite as perfect without the caramel frosting. So while I always tell you guys to alter and change my recipes to fit your own preferences, please just listen to me on this one and do not skip the frosting!
Just look at how perfect and gooey it is!
And I know the frosting looks super runny and messy in these photos but that’s only because I’ve got the banana blondies stacked on one another. The frosting is actually sticky [like caramel, duhhh] so it stays put as long as you don’t stack the bars on top of one another 😉
Then again stacking them on top of one another creates a layered blondie cake, right? I mean what’s better than one banana blondie? How about four of them layered together!! Not that I ate them like that or anything…
I literally can’t even.
So if you are looking for a fudgy, gooey, non-chocolate treat [Bestie, I’m looking at you!] then these Banana Blondies with Caramel Frosting are for you! Just try not to eat all of the frosting before they make it to the blondies. Again – not like I did that or anything…
- For the Blondies:
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- ½ cup coconut oil, soft
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup gluten-free oat flour
- For the Frosting:
- 8 medjool dates
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- almond milk, to thin
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, beat together the bananas, coconut oil and vanilla until smooth. Add the coconut sugar and oat flour and mix until no lumps remain.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- While blondies are baking, add dates, coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla and sea salt to a high speed blender. Process on high until smooth. Add powdered sugar and pulse until frosting is thick and smooth. Add a tablespoon or two of almond milk to thin, if needed.
- Once blondies have cooled, spread frosting over top. Cut into 12 bars and serve.
What’s the most random question someone has ever asked you?
Have you ever had a banana blondie?