These bars are very moist with a rich banana and chocolate flavor. They are an after-school snack that the kids will beg for.

Lisa
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until well combined. Stir in the mashed banana, set aside.

  • Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate large bowl, and make a well in the center. Pour the banana mixture into the well and stir just until combined.

  • Remove half of the batter from the bowl. Mix the cocoa powder into the batter remaining in the bowl and stir well. Spread the cocoa batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Spoon the remaining batter on top and use a knife to swirl the batter into a marbled design.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into 24 pieces.

Nutrition Facts

113 calories; 4.3 g total fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 152 mg sodium. 18.1 g carbohydrates; 1.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2009
I make these all the time for Potluck...the only bad thing about them is keeping DH from devouring them all before-hand! I usually put the chocolate layer on top so I only have to use one bowl. I also sometimes add walnuts and/or chocolate chips. Yummy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/02/2012
These are blah. The cocoa layer is not distinctive enough to differentiate between the two flavors. You would be better off making it without the cocoa and adding it adding it to the top of your favorite brownie recipe and cooking them together. Read More
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183 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 107
  • 4 star values: 57
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2009
I make these all the time for Potluck...the only bad thing about them is keeping DH from devouring them all before-hand! I usually put the chocolate layer on top so I only have to use one bowl. I also sometimes add walnuts and/or chocolate chips. Yummy! Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2009
I make these all the time for Potluck...the only bad thing about them is keeping DH from devouring them all before-hand! I usually put the chocolate layer on top so I only have to use one bowl. I also sometimes add walnuts and/or chocolate chips. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2009
This is a great recipe! Don't change anything! Too many people add and/or change recipes - this is great as shown!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2009
Wow!!! This really is "the Best!" I followed the recipe with amazing results. The only minor problem I had was that the batter was slightly dry. I used two large bananas and I didn't really measure it out to 1 1/2 cups. Next time I would add 4 bananas to make it more moist. I had to add some milk to the cocoa mixture to thin it out but otherwise it was fabulous. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2009
These are great! I do agree with the others about not changing a thing. Also I noticed that 1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas is about 4-5 bananas. Mine were medium size. Please make sure you measure otherwise the bars will be dry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2013
I make this recipe into muffins because when I made it into bars the bars were too thin. I pour them half and half like one of the pictures you see in the recipe album. They're very delicious. My girlfriend says out of all the muffins I make that these are the best. I always give these away too so we don't eat the whole batch. FIVE STARS!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2010
This recipe makes a delicious chocolate flavored banana cake. If you are expecting a bar cookie or chewy brownie type..this recipe won't cut it. That being said these are very good. I was a little worried about dryness as mentioned by several others so I used almost a full 2 cups of banana...perfect...very moist and the banana flavor comes through nicely. I though they could use a little something on the top. I made a peanut butter glaze (from this site) as suggested by another reviewer and just drizzled that over the top. With that addition this recipe was 5 stars! Perhaps just a sifting of confectioner's sugar would be enough but how can one go wrong with banana chocolate and peanut butter all in one bite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2010
These are excellent! I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a pie pan. The only other changes I made were substituting rum flavor for the vanilla (out of vanilla) and adding a bit extra banana. The bananas I mashed came out to 1/4 cup more than called for but I threw it all in anyway. It came out very moist and flavorful! Definitely a keeper recipe. The best part was that I already had the ingredients. What a great way to use those extra bananas! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2009
These were a hit I would make them again but with chocolate chips in the light batter Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2009
I asked my Husband if he liked it he said "give this to noone and make more" I think that is a YES! The only thing I did different is use a smaller pan. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/02/2012
These are blah. The cocoa layer is not distinctive enough to differentiate between the two flavors. You would be better off making it without the cocoa and adding it adding it to the top of your favorite brownie recipe and cooking them together. Read More
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