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Black-Bottom Banana Bars


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  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, 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


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Step 1

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Add egg and vanilla; beat until thoroughly combined.

Blend in the bananas.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Divide batter in half.

Add cocoa to half; spread into a greased 13-in x 9-in pan.

Spoon remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the bars test done.



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