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Black-Bottom Banana Bars Recipe
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Black-Bottom Banana Bars Recipe

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These bars stay very moist, and their rich banana and chocolate flavor is even better the second day. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe, and it's a big favorite with both my husband and two sons.—Rene Wright, Ferryville, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 15 servings

Ingredients

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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 181 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in the bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide batter in half. Add cocoa to half; spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spoon remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife.
  3. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until the a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2-1/2 to 3 dozen.
Originally published as Black-Bottom Banana Bars in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 181 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 256 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Black-Bottom Banana Bars

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Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"Good but not great. Added the mayo and chocolate chips as other reviews recommended. Not very chocolately. A nice change but I'll be going back to my "old faithful" recipe next time."

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Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"This is an old favorite of ours! I've been baking these for many years and will continue to do so. When we have bananas that go past the eat-fresh stage, and I have no time to bake, I simply pop the bananas into the freezer then thaw them on the countertop for a couple hours then use as normal for baked recipes."

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"I was looking for something different and had bananas to use. This recipe was simple to make. The chocolate layer could have been more chocolatey. I should have followed others advice by adding chocolate chips. From the batter consistency I also thought these would be more brownie like. They came out more like cake but still taste great."

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"It was good, but more cake-like than I was expecting. I sprinkled chocolate chips on the top."

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"I first found this recipe in my sample taste of home about 17 years ago still making them today :)"

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