I am an owl. I do most of my baking and writing at night or the early mornings. During the nights is when I feel most inspired. So inspired that I need to write my ideas down. I have a notebook where I write down my ideas and hoping that might test them out one day. Also, I have a list of recipes I want to try and I keep them jotted down in my notebook. Since I don’t post recipes I cook immediately, I use the nights to edit my work. Believe it or not, it’s a long process for me. There are times where I struggle with writing a post and other times I feel lazy. But I still love writing.
So about these banana nut chocolate chip bars. Though this is adapted from a blondie recipe,I’m not sure if I will call it blondie because they don’t taste like one. I’ve used this recipe before and I used m&m’s the first time around. But this time, I wanted to try something different. On Smitten Kitchen website, Deb listed other combinations to include in this recipe. Bananas, walnuts, and chocolate chips didn’t seem like a bad idea.
At first I wasn’t sure if liked these bars, but the next day it tasted great. If you like bananas in baked goods, then this recipe is for you. If not, you can omit the bananas and instead have chocolate chip and walnut blondie.
Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Bars
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
I was little concern how these bars would bake because of the smashed bananas. Even though the recipe says to bake 20-25 minutes, I would keep an eye on the bars. You may have to bake the bars a little longer like I did. These bars should come out dense and slightly gooey. If these bars are too gooey for you, then bake them a little longer until you think the bars are done.
I came across a blog called Honey whats cooking that used a similar recipe to mines. Honey reduced the butter to 5 tbsp and added 2/3 cup smashed bananas to make up for the missing butter. I’ve tried Honey’s version and the blondies came out great and I didn’t miss the butter at all. Whether you are using the full amount or reduced amount of butter; the blondies will still taste great. I included a link above to Honey’s website for you guys to check out.
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup ripe bananas, smashed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F and grease a 8×8 pan.
- Cream melted butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add egg, vanilla extract, salt, smashed bananas and mix together.
- Mix flour, chocolate chips, and walnuts together in a small bowl, then add it to the wet ingredients and mix until everything is combined.
- Pour batter into the greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until it’s set and slightly gooey. Cool before slicing.