My "google-search" took me to these Chocolate Chip Banana Bars-- BUT!, because I think they taste more like a slice of banana bread, that is what I am naming them. (IF these were just for me, I'd load them up with nuts! The way it is, I did change the original recipe just a bit-- the first time I made these, I used all coconut oil; this time I used butter as the shortening, and I added three tablespoons of ground flax seeds.)
Since our little one gives me a "thumbs up" on these, I am posting this recipe here so that I don't lose it.
- 5-6 very ripe bananas (1 and 2/3 cup mashed banana, total). RIPE bananas add more flavor and sweetness.
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (I used dark)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted (OR 1/4 cup warmed coconut oil; OR 2 Tbsp warmed coconut oil/2 Tbsp applesauce; OR 1/4 cup all applesauce.)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 and 3/4 cup flour (or substitute with whole wheat flour if you don't mind these ending up a little "heavier")
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. ground flax seed (optional)
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips (put half in batter, spread other half on top just before baking).
- Heat oven to 350-degrees. Spray a 15x10.5" pan with non-stick spray.
- Peel bananas and mash well. Stir in brown sugar, oil, milk and eggs until combined.
- Add in dry ingredients and stir. Stir in the ground flax seed (optional. Fold in 1/2 of the mini chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle remaining chips on top. Bake 18- 22 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
- Cool completely, and cut into squares.
*Adapted from a recipe from the recipes posted at butterwithasideofbread.com