Black-Bottom Banana Bars

These bars stay very moist, and their rich banana and chocolate flavor is even better the second day. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe, and it's a big favorite with both my husband and two sons.—Rene Wright, Ferryville, Wisconsin This recipe is: Contest Winning

Photo by Vicki L T.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

3

dozen servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

3

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup butter, 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

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir 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. baking pan. Spoon remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until the a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool a wire rack. Yield: 2-1/2 to 3 dozen.

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