Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Black Bottom Banana Bars

So this is my first blog post EVER! So if it doesn't look right, you'll know why! Karen I'm afraid you'll have to do without a picture and just be grateful I'm finally posting something. I could go take a picture of the last one in the pan (since I'm so kindly saving it for my hubby), but it's late, I had the urge to post something, and I don't want that urge to go away. But trust me, if you like banana bread or anything of the sort, you'll love these! Here's the recipe:

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar (I usually reduce by about 1/4 c., especially if the bananas are extra ripe)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour (I did 1 c. white and 1/2 c. wheat flour and didn't notice a difference at all; leave it to me to try and healthify any recipe)
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; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide batter in half. Add cocoa to half and mix well. Spread cocoa mixture into a greased 13x9x2 baking pan. Spoon remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife until it looks marbly. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until the bars test done. Cool (or just eat right when they come out of the oven--I mean, who really waits for things to cool anyway?).

My kids enjoy smashing the bananas and stirring up the dry ingredients in recipes like this.

So there you go. I did it!


  1. Way to go, Diane! I can almost picture them! ;)

  2. Now you just gotta try them, Karen!