Cocoa Bottom Banana Bars

Monday, August 30, 2010

Cocoa Bottom Banana Bars
Ever since I purchased a super cute banana hanger I make it a point to always have bananas in the house to put on display (and of course to eat). Our walls in the kitchen are yellow and having bright and cheery bananas to display in the kitchen puts a smile on my face. They are the perfect complement to our home's decor.

Not only are bananas great to have on display, they are also a very versatile fruit to have on hand when the urge to bake strikes. Whether they are fresh from the store or brown and mushy, they can be thrown into batter for breads, muffins, cookies and even this delicious Cocoa Bottom Banana Bars.

I mean, how can you go wrong with the banana and chocolate combo...especially when it comes in the form of these moist and fluffy bars?

Since bananas are so versatile and can be used in a variety of ways when it comes to baking, they should never be discarded. The next time your bananas start to turn brown and mushy, place them in the refrigerator or freezer until a rainy day...or mush them up and throw them into this batter. You'll be glad you did.

Cocoa Bottom Banana Bars

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 5 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan (or, if you have a special brownie pan, go ahead and grease that...these pans are the best!).
  2. Beat sugar and butter in a bowl until creamy.
  3. Add bananas, egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add this mixture to the banana mixture and beat until well blended.
  5. Divide batter in half. Stir cocoa into one half. Spread the chocolate batter into the prepared pan. Top with the plain batter; swirl with a knife.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
*Recipe slightly adapted from KitchenAid Best-Loved Recipes cookbook

What is your favorite fruit to add into batter when baking?

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12 comments

  1. Great banana recipe! I am always looking for new ones!

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  2. Two of my favorite things - chocolate and bananas! These look delish.

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  3. Anything banana is a huge hit around here. Love the chocolate crust!

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  4. I agree; chocolate and banana belong together. :-) These bars look lovely!

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  5. Bananas are a staple around here as well. Then when they go brown, I just have to bake something, and these look like just the thing! You really can't go wrong with that combo :)

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  6. Oh I adore bananas and chocolate together and these bars look fabulous!

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  7. Your chocolate banana bars look great. Would love one (or two) with a steamy sup of coffee right now :)

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  8. Love the cocoa bottom on these bars. These wouldn't last more than a day in our house.

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  9. I really want one of those "special brownie pans" and it's on my Christmas list, but until then I think I can make this recipe because I'm impatient and Christmas is still over two months away.

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