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Monday, October 13, 2008

black-bottom banana bars

Have a few extra-ripe bananas that are begging to be baked in something? My absolute favorite is banana bread (see my 9.25.07 post here in the recipe section). This recipe is another great option. Made a batch yesterday because I wanted to share something sweet with a friend who had a birthday.


1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. baking cocoa

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; beat until thoroughly combined. Blend in the bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide batter in half. Add cocoa to half; spread into a greased 9" x 13" baking pan. Spoon remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the bars test done. Cool.


Blogger smileyfish76 said...

These look delish! Yeah for another alternative to banana bread which I always feel like I'm making. :) Thanks for sharing.

October 14, 2008 at 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made this recipe this past weekend. I am always looking to make things healthier, so I replaced 1/2 cup of the flour with whole wheat flour. It turned out great. Next time I might try replacing a bit more of the white flour with whole wheat or blended oatmeal.

October 23, 2008 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

made this recipe this weekend, turned out really moist and yummy, from Glenda in New Brunswick, Canada

January 12, 2009 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have made 3 batches of this in the last week since I discovered the recipe. It has yet to last more than about 12 hours - just too yummy!!! thanks for the recipe!

February 4, 2009 at 5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum...I added 1 c. milk chocolate chips to the chocolate layer!!! Thanks for the recipe for leftover bananas.

February 19, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

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