Chocolate Chip Banana Bars Recipe!

Hello lovelies,

As I mentioned a few posts back, I’ve been really making a conscious effort to use ingredients which I know are well loved by the world but I haven’t experimented with much here on the blog.

So, today on the chopping block, is possibly one of the most loved and used fruit in baking… that’s right, bananas!

This may be an unpopular opinion and please don’t hate me but I don’t particularly like bananas, hence the lack of them used in my bakes. However, my Nan recently made the most delicious banana cake which ignited a fire and got me inspired to bake with them more.

I don’t think I’ve ever really noticed just how versatile a banana can be when it comes to using it in baking, it works well with ALOT of other ingredients but one ingredient which I knew it paired well with and decided to use today was dark chocolate.

Whilst scrolling through Pinterest recently, I stumbled across a recipe by the incredibly talented baker, who I’ve admired for a long time now Emma Duckworth Bakes. She shared this recipe earlier this year and it just felt like the perfect bake to really allow the banana to take centre stage and to be the best starting block to get me baking with banana more.

{ Emma’s original recipe: https://emmaduckworthbakes.com/banana-chocolate-chip-bars/#recipe }

So, if these banana bars have caught your eye you know the drill. Keep on scrolling below and you’ll find the recipe.


Category: Sweet Treat

Servings: 16-18

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Bake Time: 30-35 Minutes

Overall Time: 55-60 Minutes


Ingredients You Need For The Blondies:

  • 170g Of Unsalted Butter
  • 330g Of Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1tsp Of Vanilla Bean Paste / Extract
  • 220g Of Mashed Banana
  • 220g Of Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Of Baking Powder
  • 100g Of Dark Chocolate, Chopped Into Small Pieces
  • 200g Of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 20g Of Banana Chips

How To Make The Blondies:

  • Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients, line a 9” loose bottomed square baking tin with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 190C / 170C Fan / Gas Mark 4.
  • Secondly, in small saucepan over a medium heat, add 170g of unsalted butter.
  • Allow the butter to melt completely whilst stirring occasionally until the butter begins to foam, this will roughly take between 5-10 minutes depending on the heat of your hob.
  • Once the butter has turned a golden brown colour and has a nutty aroma, remove from the heat, immediately transfer into a heat proof bowl and then set to one side to cool slightly.
  • Whilst the butter is still warm, beat in the 330g of light brown sugar until combined and the butter has further cooled.
  • Now, add in the 2 large eggs and beat until the batter is pale in colour and thickened (this can take a couple of minutes to achieve).
  • Add in the 220g of mashed bananas and 1tsp of vanilla bean paste and beat until combined.
  • Next, add in the 220g of plain flour, 1tsp of baking powder, 100g of chopped dark chocolate and 150g of dark chocolate chips and fold everything together until only a few flour streaks remain (this ensures you don’t over mix the batter).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and level off with a spatula. Then, sprinkle over the remaining 50g of dark chocolate chips and the 20g of banana chips over the top of the batter.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown and set in the centre.
  • Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool right down in the tin.
  • Finally, when cooled, carefully remove from the tin, cut into 16-18 bars and serve.

That’s your Chocolate Chip Banana Bars prepared and baked, ready for you to enjoy!


Notes:

  • Store these banana bars in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days or in the fridge for 5 days.
  • If freezing, allow the bars to cool completely before wrapping them in cellophane or foil. These can be frozen for up to 2 months (allow to defrost at room temperature before baking).
  • I brought the banana chips from Asda: https://groceries.asda.com/product/dried-fruit/asda-banana-chips/1000375279839

For someone who doesn’t particularly like bananas, boy did these bars go down an absolute treat. I think it’s fair to say, I’ll be baking with banana’s more often!

Quick, easy and utterly delicious, you couldn’t possibly ask for more when baking! Nothing beats a recipe which takes little effort but has maximum payoff.

Huge shoutout to Emma who created such a delicious banana recipe. I’ll certainly be making these again in the future.

Let me know in the comments below if you make these banana bars yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on them. Are you a banana bake kinda person? Did you love these?

Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,

Elle xo

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