Your Neighbors Will Love You ~ Banana Monkey Bars

by Kimba on July 14, 2010

in In the Kitchen

I loved reading all of your thoughts and comments on neighbors, neighborhoods and all things neighborly the other day.

The conversation started because I was baking something yummy to take to a new family that moved in down the street. I find there’s no better way to say “Welcome to the neighborhood!” than delivering a box of gooey-sugary goodness.

And since this recipe is full of bananas, chocolate and pure awesomeness, I thought I should share it with you too. A good friend gave me the recipe, so I don’t know it’s original source. But it’s a new take on the old-standby, Banana Bread. But it’s full of chocolate chips and it’s more of a bar cookie. Pure delishiousity.

I usually make a 1-1/2x recipe and bake in in my large jelly-roll pan. That gives me enough to share and to stuff my face satisfy my family.

I delivered one box to the family that just moved into the neighborhood and one to another family that I’ve been wanting to know a little better. Who doesn’t love some fresh-baked sweetness? I predict they’ll be my new BFFs.

Banana Monkey Bars

3/4 cup butter or margarine (1-1/2 sticks)
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 medium)
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 6-oz package (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips

  • Turn oven to 350 degrees and grease a 15x10x1″ baking pan with shortening.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter or margarine with electric mixer on medium speed until softened. Add sugar and brown sugar and beat till fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
  • Stir in mashed bananas.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add this to the banana mixture, beating until well mixed.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Eat a few chips.
  • Spread batter in the greased baking pan.
  • Bake in the 350 degree about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Cut into bars.

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1 Stephanie@Geezees July 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

Looks delicious, what a nice thing to give to your neighbors.

2 anh July 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

mmmmmmmmm thanks for sharing!
.-= anh´s last blog ..welcome to my home =-.

3 Stephanie Maley July 14, 2010 at 9:57 am

These look delicious! I made banana loaves the other day but will definitely try these next! I just ran across your blog and love it!

4 Tammy@InStitches July 14, 2010 at 10:02 am

These look soooooooooo good ! I’m going to make some for sure.

5 janet bishop_magina July 14, 2010 at 10:41 am

My hubbie is going to love these! I will be getting my *** off this chair soon and running down to the kitchen to preheat the oven. Thanks for what sounds like a soon to be classic recipe.


6 Annette July 14, 2010 at 11:23 am

It looks delicious. I am going to have to try it. You are such a thoughtful neighbor! We need more neighbors like you. (Mine aren’t bad they are just busy like us all.) Annette
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7 Nikke July 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

These sound yummy!
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8 Oonafey @ Little Pink House July 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

My Mr. doesn’t eat chocolate, but these sound delicious; I think I will try them with white chocolate chips!

9 Amy July 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

What a great recipe…and I have a freezer of frozen bananas! Lucky me…I mean, lucky for my neighbors 😉

10 Katie July 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Yum! I wish I had a neighbor like you!

11 Priscilla July 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I’m moving in next door!
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12 Madigan at madiganmade July 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I love bananas and chocolate together. I totally need to make these. Thank you!

13 Amanda @ Serenity Now July 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Those look great, Kimba! 🙂 I might just have to make those when someone moves into the house next door. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

14 Alyssa July 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

thanks for the recipe…it sounds so yummy I am going to make it tomorrow!

15 Sally July 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm

This recipe sounds fab-u-lous and absolutely delicious! I wish I was YOUR neighbor! Thank you for sharing it. I think I will try to make it this weekend.


16 Colleen July 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I agree, good old fashioned “welcome” baked goods are the way to go.

17 heidi @ wonder woman wannabe July 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm

YUM-O!!! Maybe I’ll shake things up and take batches over to my new neighbors when WE are the ones moving into a new neighborhood at the end of the month!!

I’m SO going to miss our current ‘hood – we’ve seriously got it so nice living in a quiet cul-de-sac – taking turns hosting kiddos for play, getting each others mail when we’re out of town and popping over to chat when we’re all outside. We joke that we should come borrow a cup of sugar once in a while just because we CAN. 🙂

18 cheryl July 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Thank you so much for that yummy recipe!! I am definitely going to try it!! I think all my little monkeys will like it. 🙂

19 Kim July 15, 2010 at 7:22 am

MMMMM can’t wait to make them for a neighbor or two of mine. Thanks for recipe.
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20 Tiffany July 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I recently made a recipe like this, only mine had pecans in it too. I have to admit that my family ate the entire pan instead of sharing with neighbors.
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21 Traci July 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Those look like pure yumminess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thx

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22 Jess July 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm

These are packed with flavor and really moist. Mine were a little undercooked at 25 minutes. They need an extra 3-5 minutes for my oven. I did half chocolate chips/half butterscotch chips and really liked it! Thanks for sharing.

23 tia bennett July 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I made these last night and they were loved! Especially by my husband.
Thanks for the recipe.

24 Sandra @ My Bella Rose July 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

These look yummy! I will definitely have to make these for my family! Thank you for sharing!
.-= Sandra @ My Bella Rose´s last blog ..Cloche Party! =-.

25 Traci July 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Those look delish!
I love bananas and chocolate together so I may have to try this! Yum! And what a great way to welcome your neighbors. 🙂

26 Kara July 16, 2010 at 1:10 am

I’ve got some bananas that need to be used up ASAP. This looks perfect!
.-= Kara´s last blog ..Sqeeeee! =-.

27 Brandy July 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

This looks very similar to my family’s fav blondie recipe – but the bananas will be a GREAT addition and disguise it as something “healthy!” Thanks for sharing 😉
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28 Lamb July 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm

The only thing I can ever think of to make with bananas is banana bread. These look like a “healthy” cookie bar, so you can eat a bunch of them without any worries. Right?? 🙂
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29 Gina Civey July 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

i am going to add coconut and macadamia nuts to mine

thanks for the recipe!

30 Scooper July 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

You have just given me an excuse to buy a jelly roll pan. These sound delish!

31 Tammy July 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

Great recipe, and great idea to pass it on to the neighbors!

We’ve lived in our house for 5 years now and we only “know” the neighbors on our side of the street, two houses to each side of us. *blush*

32 Dani July 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Can’t wait to make these—they look too good to just have one!
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33 Jen July 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I made this and it is amazing!!!

34 Lenetta July 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Oh, what a nice (chocolate-chip-studded) change from banana bread!! :>) I linked on my weekly roundup, post is under my name. Thanks so much for sharing!
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