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 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.