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Black-Bottom Banana Bars Recipe

Black-Bottom Banana Bars Recipe

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. YIELD:15 servings


  • 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


  • 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, if desired, swirl with a knife to marble batter.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 181 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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extremebaker User ID: 5686598 250025
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2016

"I was looking for a new way to use "old bananas" and this is NOT it. These are boring and non-exceptional to say the least. They DO stay moist, I will give them that, but I would guess that a variety of additions as suggested by other readers are a definite need."

Mwernick User ID: 8821126 249221
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"I too have been making these bars for years. A great recipe to use up bananas. I did change the recipe a little. I eliminated the cocoa and added a half cup of mini semi chocolate chips. To divide the batter was time consuming for me."

[email protected] User ID: 7564909 248677
Reviewed May. 26, 2016

"Delicious. Light and fluffy. Made exactly as stated. Yummy!"

Pinky77 User ID: 6911134 247588
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"This is an awesome cake, been baking it for over 15 years and it's a family favorite. I brought it in to work today and everyone is going crazy over it, lol. It's a winner even after all these years!"

Toffeehe User ID: 3393149 246523
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"It's didn't seem enough batter for a 13x9 pan so I used a 9x9 pan. I added 1/2 c chocolate chips to the top and 3 minutes more to the baking time. Delicious! Yes, more cake texture than brownie."

hazlmystkz User ID: 3714156 245708
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2016

"Fluffy and so easy to make. My 2-yr-old daughter helped mix it all together and we enjoyed the results! ;) recommended for any quick snack cake"

slye10001000 User ID: 5787172 242010
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"These are delightful. Very simple, but good. I wouldn't change a thing."

gracemom48 User ID: 2223408 232351
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"This was a nice combination of chocolate and banana."

momzilla24 User ID: 2029435 229317
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"easy and really yummy. I did add some chocolate chips - spread them between the 2 layers. A keeper."

kbabe819 User ID: 3846515 223451
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."

contrarywife User ID: 2675625 223384
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."

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 222347
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."

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 5095
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

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

meseajesse User ID: 2921630 6141
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

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

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 199729
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"These bars are quick and easy and everyone loves them! A keeper!"

Lingey User ID: 2469024 6215
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2014

"easy to make, moist & delicious. These are a hit with everyone!"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 8584
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"Kids loved them."

Wrendy User ID: 6237324 6213
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"I cut the sugar in half and used some wheat flour in place of all-purpose flour."

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 5094
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"Sorry meant to say "Thin""

grniis2 User ID: 5615142 6837
Reviewed May. 31, 2013

"These bars were so moist and delicious. I thought they needed a little something on top . Soooo.... I made a chocolate glaze using powdered sugar, cocoa and milk, just eyeballed it. Made a tin glaze. Poured over top and spread over top. DELICIOUS!"

sandyko User ID: 5901524 6210
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"Looking at reviews before making this recipe, I added chocolate chips and 3 T mayo to the chocolate portion of this bread. I baked it in an 8 x 8 pan--and it took 45 minutes to bake. My husband loved it (he is a chocolate freak). Next time I might just make the whole batter chocolate and add a nice icing."

wflames User ID: 6288044 11036
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"tastes amazing!"

lilbitty629 User ID: 6939857 6802
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Have made this recipe numerous times and they are just sooooo YUMMY! I promise anyone who reads this, you will not be disappointed."

2u71v4bz User ID: 2370148 7179
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"Wanted to try something new instead of banana bread. These bars came out really tasty. I also added walnuts and chocolate chips."

dbeauche User ID: 4406338 5041
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"One of the best banana recipes I have tried! My entire family loves it. I added chocolate chips to the bottom layer. I also made it in a 8x8 pan to make the bars thicker. They came out great!"

yppah User ID: 6546458 6138
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"This recipe is the best yet for us, even my pickiest liked it! The chocolate really makes it. Will make it again and yes it does stay moist. I will try to substitute the butter next time though as I'm being strict with my diet. Oh I used 2/3 c. sugar.. still fine. A keeper-thanks!"

MomNErin User ID: 1757878 2576
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"I really like these bars! They're moist and delicious; a nice change from typical banana bread when I'm trying to use up over-ripe bananas."

Polkadotpajamas User ID: 5996199 5268
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"Fantastic recipe!!"

mom23kids User ID: 3946374 3371
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"Reduced the sugar by half, as my bananas were very ripe, and added an extra 1/2 cup banana. Very moist and delicious. Big hit with family."

s_pants User ID: 174050 8115
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"These were very good, but next time I think I might add a little mayo to the cocoa layer to make that part as moist as the top. I like the suggestion of adding chocolate chips to the cocoa layer, too. An excellent alternative for over-ripe bananas!"

Holmescsh User ID: 2528368 6801
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"Better second day than first. More chocolate than banana. More cake than bar. I was expecting something more like a brownie in consistency and texture. Our group didn't eat them..."

edjohnn User ID: 893051 8304
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"Have made this and taken to work and to church, and the only thing, the recipe must be doubled or will be quite thin for a 9 X 13 pan. Very good and moist..Loved by all."

jonesy85 User ID: 5812465 199728
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"I love these as an alternative to the frosted banana bars, I add chocolate chips also to the chocolate part for a little more flavor.. Very delicious and ALWAYS requested.."

smagal User ID: 5715837 8583
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"Yum, it is kind of like a cake."

fordee User ID: 2918666 6151
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"I would definitely make this again.It was very moist and pretty easy to make. I think the next time I'd make it I would add chocolate chips and walnuts. Very yummy!"

eibergenr User ID: 4351443 5264
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"This is delicious and easy!"

Generals User ID: 5713364 8487
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"I tried this recdipe looking for something different to do with the bananas needing to be used up. all 5 of my kids & i enjoyed it. the cocoa flavor didnt stand out as much as i thought it wud but was a nice touch"

vt_pure_angel User ID: 4785804 3363
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"The second time making: We did add 3 Tablespoons of Mayo (not Miracle whip) with the cocoa so that both "sections" were equally moist :) Great recipe!!"

patricib User ID: 5037242 5262
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"I have used this recipe for years! Absolutely love it! cake freezes well too! Only adjustment I make is that I cut down the sugar to half a cup. If bananas are really sweet --then a tsp. or so less that 1/2 cup. It's great plain with coffee or tea. Can be dressed up with a little squirt of real whipped cream."

vt_pure_angel User ID: 4785804 5039
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2010

"Amazing just the way it is!!"

CookiesRmyPassion User ID: 4815101 7178
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"These bars are great! They are so moist, and are a great alternative to making banana muffins all the time. My whole family loved them."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 7176
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2010

"One of my favorite cakes of all time! So moist!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 7173
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2009

"These are absolutely the best!! I make them often for my husband -- he devours them. Thank you for recipe. OMGoodness, cocoadawn, so very sorry to hear about your home. We had experience with fire destroying our home in 1980."

duckman User ID: 1921078 2575
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

"These are fabulous! A great alternative to banana bread. I have made these for years from the magazine as well."

cocoadawn User ID: 2730708 8486
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

"Finally! I have been looking for this recipes for nine years! I originally had it on a recipe card from Taste of Home mag, and made it at least once a month, to perfect results every time. When a fire destroyed our home in 2000, I lost the recipe. I am SOOOO happy to find it again!"

kelly46563 User ID: 2596526 3358
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"Very,very good! Good flavor and very moist! It's a keeper"

ScottsdalePrincess User ID: 2646541 3353
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2008

" We really like this recipe too. Which reminds me maybe it is time to make it again. "

Saffron3545 User ID: 3612433 3325
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

"easy to make with ingredients on hand! Moist and delicious! I don't know how much better they are the second day because in our house they didn't last that long and there are only three of us! Thank you for the recipe, it's going to become a favorite - Maggie"

MCurran User ID: 1626476 8303
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2008

"Re: Black-Bottom Banana Bars

I cut this recipe from one of the TOH magazines years ago. Made it several times, it became a favorite to eat and make until I lost the recipe... and found it again on-line. What a relief to see it come up after a whimsical idea to search. Thank you. This is our old stand-by recipe for the aged banana."

cpizzi User ID: 1019454 5037
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2008

"I have made these many, many, times. They are moist, tasty and wonderful. Ingredients are always on hand - nothing to go buy special. My daughter purposely lets the bananas get over ripe so I'll make these - Chris"

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