Choco-Banana Bars

by Merissa on May 11, 2012

in Recipes

Post image for Choco-Banana BarsWhen I discovered this morning my bananas on the counter top were turning overripe I thought, "Today is my lucky day! It's time for Banana Bars!" Here's the recipe!

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Mix together the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and banana. Then add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Put half of the mixture into a separate bowl and add the cocoa. Grease the bottom of a 9x13 or smaller bar pan and pour the cocoa mixture in. Put the rest of the mixture on top of that. Sprinkle with chocolate chips(I did less than 1 c.) Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until the top is browned and a toothpick comes out clean. I'm going to cut these up and store them in the freezer for snacks!

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1 Jaimie Adams May 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

Yum! πŸ™‚


2 CKay May 14, 2012 at 9:02 am

Two things I would do different is only use half the sugar and use part or all wheat flour to take away from of the guilt of eating a yummy dessert!


3 Erin February 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I made these last weekend and they lasted about an hour. So good!!!
Thank you for the recipe!


4 Shy February 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Thanks for posting! I made these today because I just so happened to have four overripe bananas. Mine came out of the oven like a thick, fluffy cake! Not even close to bar consistency so I’m not sure what I did wrong, but it was delicious, and it is going in my recipe box πŸ™‚


5 Rose September 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Mine came out like cake too! I did use wheat flour, but I didnt think that would make a difference. Maybe someone can let us know what happened! They are delicious though.


6 Amy @ A Little Nosh February 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

I would think the baking powder would contribute to that issue.


7 kerry February 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

They are in the oven as I type. I’m happy to have an alternative to banana bread when my banana’s get over ripe!


8 Debbie April 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Thanks so much for the great recipes!


9 Nancy April 6, 2014 at 1:42 am

can I use oil instead of butter ? We live in a part of Asia where butter is VERY expensive. If so, same amount of oil- or less ?


10 Merissa April 6, 2014 at 7:45 am

You should be able to. I would use the same amount.


11 Erlene June 10, 2014 at 12:06 am

Pinned. Will have to give this a try. I usually use ripe bananas in pancakes or bread, but having bars would be a nice change.


12 jdigi82 June 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

simple and yummy, those are my favorite recipes!! posting for all my friends to see πŸ™‚ xo, jess


13 Goldi June 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm

I love the addition of a banana! Why didn’t I think of this before? My son will love this! I like finding ways to sneak in some good vitamins!
Thanks for sharing!


14 Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books June 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

These sound delicious! Visiting from the”Wow Me Wednesday” linky party. =)


15 Nici June 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Those Choco-Banana Bars sound amazing! We love the chocolate and banana combo here. I’m not even allowed to make banana bread unless it has chocolate chips in it πŸ˜‰ I’d love for you to link this recipe up to my Creative Ways Link Party when you get a chance!


16 Linda Warren June 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Just what I needed! Something to do with all the ripe bananas from my tree. I have made banana bread with chocolate chips but I like the change up to bars with some added cocoa. Thanks for sharing on The Wednesday Roundup.


17 Lauren @ Create Bake Make June 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I love the combination of banana and chocolate chips, thanks for sharing such a great recipe!


18 Tammy June 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm

I love the addition of the banana in these! They look so decadent and moist. Wishing I had one now~

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19 Beverly June 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Wow, these sound yummy! Bananas and chocolate chips, it doesn’t get better than that. Great combo.


20 Becca Niederkrom June 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I can already taste these. What I love about this combo is that its great for breakfast, lunch or dinner =)


21 Jen June 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

Yum!! These looks amazing, I pinned the recipe! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


22 Danita @O Taste And See June 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday! I’m featuring your recipe this week and can’t wait to see what you have for us this week.


23 [email protected] in Pyjamas June 22, 2014 at 7:50 am

Those bars look delicious! Pinned. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! [email protected] in Pyjamas


24 Kerri January 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm

My 11 year old son just made these. They are a big hit! They are delicious! He is a Boy Scout and is enjoying learning how to cook & bake. They are always looking for recipes that could be made into a dutch oven recipe for camping. Thanks for sharing the recipe. We found it on Pinterest.


25 LKW August 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm

These always turn out like brownies for me……..Which is perfectly okay!! πŸ™‚

Great recipe to use up ripe bananas when you’re not quite in the mood for banana bread but still want something sweet. You can substitute shortening for butter if need be.


26 farmmom February 20, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Great recipe. We used Almond/Rice flour blend and coconut oil (instead of butter) and 3/4 c. raw sugar (instead of white).
The were gooey, chocolate, and yummy. May need to bake them just a bit longer next time. No leftovers though so… maybe not.


27 Naomi Winkel February 23, 2017 at 11:48 am

This is my first time making these. I used 4 bananas with mine. I mixed the chocolate chips instead of putting them on top. Mine are wait to be put in the oven. This is a great recipe, Thanks


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