Nikki’s Macadamia Nut Banana Bread Squares

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That’s a mouth full.

And it should be. Because it’s delicious. And surprisingly not that difficult to make. I started making this recipe as a truffle recipe, completely messed up, and it somehow became bars. I would have been pissed if all that food went in the trash.

I had too much delicious food this last week. Just way too much. I’m kind of over it. I’ll probably stick to meat, brussel sprouts, and hot sauce for a couple days before I want more exciting food again. And my thighs will probably look better because of my boringness. I just let Denver Restaurant Week get the best of me. Eating at Prime Steakhouse on Wednesday then Vesta Dipping Grill on Friday just really got the best of me. And when I say that, I mean the opposite. Because after eating at Vesta on Friday, I was literally in the fetal position moaning in pain. Moaning.

Let me get one thing straight, it wasn’t Vesta’s fault. It’s not like I got food poisoning or anything like that, I just had to find out how sensitive I am to gluten. So I tested my sensitivity by having a piece of bread then part of a whoopie pie. Smart. I was destroyed.  Seriously, destroyed. No, I don’t think you understand. I was DESTROYED. Do you get it now? I was lying in my bed, face in the pillow, whining, while praying that I would vomit everything I ate that night. Then I would contemplate what all those foods would taste like coming back up. Then pray I didn’t throw up. Then my stomach would twist and turn again, then I would moan once more, while praying to throw up. It was a lovely Friday evening. Exactly what Laura was hoping to hear while she was trying to sleep that night. I got one lucky roommate.

Let’s recap my meal to maybe grasp what f*cked me up. Once you read it, I know you’re going to be saying out loud ‘you’re an idiot, Juli’ because it probably stemmed from everything I shoved down my throat that night.

  • stomach ache causer #1: 1 bite lamb sausage thing, 1 bite pork belly thing. They were both on a stick with some awesome sauce to them.
  • stomach ache causer #2: some shot of miso soup. I really don’t know what kind of soup it was. It wasn’t worth drinking, though. And it maybe one of the causes. Stupid.
  • stomach ache causer #3: 2 spring rolls dipped in goat cheese fondue. Literally, the best fondue I’ve ever tasted. I wanted to drink it. I cleaned the bowl with my finger like a child.
  • stomach ache causer #4: Porcini encrusted steak with potatoes and 3 dipping sauces. This steak was by far one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. And the dipping sauces were unreal. UN.REAL.PEOPLE.
  • stomach ache causer #5: Chocolate mousse. With raspberry jam. And biscottis. I ate all of mine. My head of hung in shame. That’s a complete lie.
  • stomach ache causer #6: Blueberry lemon whoopie pies. Ok, so this whoopie pie wasn’t mine. Nope. I stole it. From Sergio. Laura and I ate his dessert because he’s being good during the CrossFit Open. So we, meaning mostly me, ate his dessert for him for moral support. I think this is where sh*t got real.
  • stomach ache causer #7: I got a parking ticket. I didn’t eat it, but I thought about it. But it definitely could be one of the reasons why I felt sick. Giving my money to the state is always upsetting.

I hope you can figure out why I was dying of internal cramps. I really don’t want that to happen again. Next time I’ll steer clear of the whoopie pies and dumb bread. Because that place was stupid good.

I cannot wait to talk about the season finale of the Bachelor on my next blog post. Seriously.

MY ACNE HURTS!!!!! Waaaaaaaaah. Ok, I’m done complaining. Until tomorrow.


Nikki’s Macadamia Nut Banana Bread Squares

  • Yield: 8 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place macadamia nuts in a food processor and pulse until broken down into a chunky meal.
  3. Place all other ingredients in the food processor and puree until smooth.
  4. Now grease a bread pan with the coconut oil. You could also use an8×8 glass baking dish, the bars will just come out thinner and not have to cook as long.
  5. Pour batter in the baking dish, smooth out, and place in oven.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until top is browned and inside is cooked through. Patience child.
  7. Let cool. Cut into your preference size bars. I cut mine into 8 bars.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


73 thoughts on “Nikki’s Macadamia Nut Banana Bread Squares”

  1. omg omg omg these look DIVINE.

    i’d also like a giant bowl full of some goat cheese fondue, please. although i’d probably be writhing in pain too if that happened.

    good vibes sent your way!

  2. I love that you specify that the banana is peeled. 😉

    Also, will be making these ASAP. I have a jar of Nikki’s macadamia nut butter that I’ve been dying to make something with. Perfect timing!

    Restaurant week gets me every time. Damn specials.

  3. If it makes you feel any better (which it probably won’t), I spent most of the weekend in a food coma as well. It was my birthday weekend so I ate ALL THE SUGARZ. In the world. It was only 74% worth it. Feel better!

  4. Restaurant week got the best of me too. Except I didn’t have a PIECE of bread, I had a BASKET. Why!? And I had beer. What?! Way too cray. Felt like crap, am back to normal boring food too and feel much better. Damn you restaurant week! Damn you!

    Agh how fast can I get that nut butter so I can make these for cheat meal this weekend!!!

  5. Awww geez ! Poor Juli. I went off the paleo train on my Jan cruise. Remained gluten-free – or so I thought until I saw the pieces of toasted bread they put in the pan, under the bacon at breakfast…

    Then my father-in-law and my mother die within 3 weeks of each other. So… Lately I,ve been having spring rolls (tjhe ones made with rice ”paper and rice vermicelli) and chicken curries on rice…. ohhh and I also had barley soup ! I kinda forgot it was not GF since I had been grain-free previously, I did not even try to remeber which cheats are GF, So there, I’m stupid too !

    So don’t be too hard on yourself, anyways yous stomach is taking care of that,

    Take care Juli

  6. You are inflammed!

    I hate when acne hurts, it literally throbs and feels like its alive or something. An ice cube really helps when this happens. Supposedly it also helps kill/calm the bad bacteria.

    I would say it was the cheese and gluten combo. I would literally be in the bathroom with a bucket on my lap. Not a pretty picture, apologies.
    Drink tonnes of water! Sending good vibes. 🙂

  7. The food in Denver is just too good. I love that city. I want to live there so freaking bad that it hurts my heart. And the BEER! Kinda hard to be Paleo with all that delicious adult beverage-ness going on up in there.

    BTdubs, did you ask your doc for the doxycyclin yet?

      1. Juli–Doxy is great but also ask about Aczone–it does wonders for that jawline acne! Both would be even better….

        1. I know everybodys body is different but when I went on Doxycycline it seriously messed up my digestive system (but my skin looked great) and it took forever to get back to normal after swearing off acne meds forever. Flash forward a few years and I have been on Spirolactone and its awesome.

  8. Do you think i could use cashews in place of the macadamia nuts and regular coconut butter in place of Nikkis? Can’t wait to try this either way!?!?

  9. I plan on making this tonight using almond butter and almond flour since I gots no macadamias. Think it’ll still be awesome though.

  10. Hi, i was wondering what can i substitute coconut butter with? I want to make it right away, too impatient to wait…:) thanks

  11. Oh girl, how I feel your pain – I’ve been paleo since last September (30 days on, 2 days off, rinse, repeat). Yesterday I had 3 store bought, nuthin’ special about ’em chocolate chip cookies during a client meeting and by the evening, it felt as though a corkscrew was lodged in my belly. Ginger and hot water, a heating pad set on “STUN” and bargaining with God didn’t work. Finally, after 5 hours, the pain abated. Lesson learned.

  12. I avoid listing food when I’ve gotten a belly ache from them. It just makes me so saddddd. I definitely walked around with a belly bloat of about a million inches on Sunday after partaking in a traditional spanish tapas feast, woof.

  13. holy sh*t these look amaze.balls.

    just popped over to Nikki’s website and ordered a bunch of jars in different flavors!

  14. Thanks for the Bachelor blog post heads up, I’ll probably skip that one! Haha. I hope your having a great day Juli!!!

  15. Hey Juli – Not sure if your acne is gluten related but my roommate discovered after going Paleo that she is actually allergic to NIGHTSHADES (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes – not sweet ones though) She has since stopped eating them and her skin is clearing up like crazy! Apparently a lot of people are allergic to them, but don’t know. It IS rough finding paleo dishes that don’t require peppers or tomatoes (tomatos?) but we make it work. 🙂

    PS. SUPER excited to try this recipe!! I didn’t order the mac butter, but i’m going to try it with the brownie butter – we are having super chocolate cravings on day 7 of paleo..

  16. Hey Juli – Not sure if your acne is gluten related but my roommate discovered after going Paleo that she is actually allergic to NIGHTSHADES (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes – not sweet ones though) She has since stopped eating them and her skin is clearing up like crazy! Apparently a lot of people are allergic to them, but don’t know. It IS rough finding paleo dishes that don’t require peppers or tomatoes (tomatos?) but we make it work. 🙂

    PS. SUPER excited to try this recipe!! I didn’t order the mac butter, but i’m going to try it with the brownie butter – we are having super chocolate cravings on day 7 of paleo..

  17. I hear ya……i went on a pasta and bread bringe over the weekend and hated myself sunday evening and monday morning…..UGH!!!

  18. I fell off the paleo wagon a couple of weeks ago when I made freshly popped popcorn with melted butter on top. It was great until I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating stomach pains and thought I was going to die. Didn’t know which end it would come out first. It was not fun.

  19. omg those foods would have caused me hell, too. i already have those horrendous cramps every day from ulcerative colitis. any cheating will make the cramps NON stop and barfing induced. cheating so isn’t worth it to me anymore. but it seems like your body told you that, too, girl.

  20. OMG Juli!
    I went to a baby shower on Saturday, over-ate and ate way too much gluten and got a parking ticket too!!
    I was sick all day on Sunday with nasty gas.
    And just when I was feeling like a Paleo failure.
    Thanks for ‘fessing up!!! 🙂

  21. You have just convinced me I need some Nikki’s in my life.. hard. This just sounds too amazing.

    I love my cheat meals, right up until the point theyre over. I usually regret the decision the moment I stop eating. 🙁 Hope you’re fully recovered!

  22. Holy Sh!t snacks, you had me at fondue. Not gunna lie, but for a split second I thought, “I could dip paleo foods IN fondue!” Then snapped back to reality and got sad. But only until I saw this recipe. Then I got happy. 🙂

  23. I’m sorry your acne is hurting. sounds awful. on a positive note…I made your berry compote pancakes (twice) and your artichoke pesto chicken. both were super delicious and filling and wonderful in every way. You were meant to be doing this, woman. I love your blog.

  24. Oh I’m sure it was mostly the gluten. I feel you!! I have the same reactions if I eat bread. Have you tried fermented foods or probiotics or something like that? Getting more good bacteria into your gut may help protect it more against things you don’t normally eat, so you don’t have to be in such terrible pain when you go out to eat. I have read this at least and starting to experiment it on myself. Feel better Juli!!

  25. I had made some cocoa expresso almond butter and had some pecans in the freezer, so those were my base – came out great except I will use a smaller pan to get them thiicker next time. Also used unripe banana – so no sugar and good for 21 day detox.

  26. You are hilarious. Stomach ache causer #7: I got a parking ticket. Ha! I think I laughed out loud at my desk at work. Oops! Hope you’re feeling better!

  27. Goat cheese = horrible stomach pain within a few hours for me. I know some people say it doesn’t bother them like regular dairy but for me, it’s freaking brutal. It sounds exactly like how your stomach pains were.

  28. I want to try these! Any suggestions on what to use instead of the Nikki’s Coconut Nut butter? I can’t find it in Canada 🙁 and I don’t think they ship to Canada when I went to the website. I may have to try a variation…

  29. So I feel your pain! I’m actually a wedding planner in LA and recently engaged. My life revolves around cake tastings and desserts (despite trying being paleo). I went to a wedding event this week and decided to cheat a little (I’m on a 6-week Paleo Challenge right now for CFSB) and boy do I regret it. I’ve been miserable for the last few days. I don’t know if it’s the macarons that were calling my name or the sushi with soy sauce! Terrible! Anyway, I hope you’re feeling better!

  30. Please – like the other Canadians, we need a substitute for Nikki’s Coconut Butter stuffs!!!! This looks too good!!!! I’m still new to trying paleo, so I don’t even know what to try substituting.

  31. I got glutened the other night and it felt like I was going to give birth to satans child. My entire abdomen felt like it had been shanked. I whined a lot.

    This recipe looks awesome. Do you know if you can buy that coconut butter in stores vs ordering it online?

  32. Ah I totally know and understand the pain that you were going through from eating gluten! I used to literally die…in a fetal position as well … almost exactly 24hrs after eating anything with gluten.
    I finally decided that enough was enough and went to a naturopath who recommended that I try this acupuncture based treatment called NAET (I live in Canada but I am almost positive that there are naturopaths who are NAET certified in the US).
    Anyways, I would highly highly highly recommend it! I had not only a severe gluten intolerance, but from an allergy test I learnt that I was allergic to eggs, whey, almonds, milk … and the list goes on! But since doing the 15 NAET treaments I have been able to eat gluten and have no reactions!
    I will admit that it sounds a bit hard to believe that acupuncture can cure an intolerance, however, it worked 100% for me!

    On another note — I absolutely love your blog — and your rambles are hilarious.

  33. Just made these for my 2 year’s old birthday treat! Everyone loved them, including my picky husband. Thanks for the great recipes!

  34. I will be making this for sure, but I’ll have to use regular coconut butter and cashews. I don’t have an extra limb to sell to pay for the macadamia nuts!

  35. Ok, so don’t hate me….but I did an elimination diet and found that soy, chocolate, and BHT (a preservative in Diamond brand Walnuts) caused me to break out. Since I’m guessing you’re not eating soy….check your nuts….then try cutting out the chocolate. 🙁

  36. über delicious. but you never make anything that isn’t!! love that Nikki butter too. mmmm. I just made these and am trying not to eat the whole batch. but mine didn’t rise like yours. still, super tasty!

  37. Did you always get like that after ating gluten or is t cause you haven’t had it in a while. BTW……I miss my beer too!!

  38. Yeah, not so much. I used regular coconut oil and cashews. It came out much thinner, really greasy, and had an eggy consistency. I think you gotta go Nikki’s route.

    But, I’ve gotta say…I’ve tried almost treat recipes on here and this is the only one that hasn’t turned out. You’ve made Paleo taste amazing!

  39. I live in Sweden and can’t get hold of Nikki’s coconut butter, so I made my own! I don’t know the right proportions off course, but I think I took 2 parts coconut and 1 part macadamia, one tsp honey and a few dates, and it came out great! I will definitely make this again! just like all of your other recipes I’ve tried 🙂

  40. Yum! Thanks as I was trying to eat the coconut butter right out of the jar but it just wasn’t doing it for me! These are an awesome way to use it. I have to say, surprisingly more quick-bread in texture than I was expecting!

  41. I made these this morning with cashews and Nikki’s Vanilla Cake Batter flavor (and added chocolate chips – couldn’t resist!) They were SO good! And I love the consistency/texture. I want to make another batch with my Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie flavor – not sure how that will turn out. Did you slightly melt the coconut butter before throwing it in the food processor? This is my first time working with coconut butter. I love it. Can you come up with more amazing creations to use this stuff?! 🙂 Thanks for the incredible recipe(s).

  42. Do the macadamia nuts have to be salted or unsalted? Until I get Nikki’s 10-pack sampler (CAN’T WAIT), which nut is bet to substitue with the regular coconut butter–cashew or macadamia nuts? Thanks! LOVE your blog and recipes!!!

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