Black-Bottom Banana Bars

"Delicious and very moist. Even better the second day."
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32 bars




  • 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.
  • Cool.

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  1. Graybert
    These were very moist and super easy to make! It only took me about ten minutes to put together, which is a real plus when you're rushed for time! I took some advice from the other reviewer and added some "white" chocolate chips to the chocolate mix - a real nice touch! The bananas give it such a wonderful taste - I served them to friends who came by for a quick get together and everyone thought that they were a definite "5"!! These are great - you really have to try them - moist, easy and delicious! Next time I'm going to try and add some roasted pecans to the chocolate half - yet another variation. Thank-you for posting this recipe - a definite winner in my books!!
  2. Peeps
    Great recipe and oh so easy! They are a nice change from the old everyday banana bread. Thanks much!!!
  3. Manda
    I'm not one to complain about anything that has bananas in it, but these deserve a standing ovation!!!! I followed the recipe exactly, and these were awesome! They are sooo easy to make, too! Thank you!! ~Manda
  4. dale7793
    Very good and a nice change to the banana bread I usually make when I have too many bananas threatening to over-ripen on me.
  5. skat5762
    These were great! I actually used a smaller pan (9X9) and baked them about 10 minutes longer. These were plump and moist...I used about 5 small extremely ripe black bananas, the flavor was intense and smooth. I also threw some Ghiradhelli chocolate chips on top before baking, simply smashing! I'm getting ready to take these over to my in-laws house right now, these are too dangerous to be left sitting out! :) Thanks! (posted 7/7/2002) ***UPDATE***: Well this is rather strange, but I just heard back from the inlaws today, and they said, "I don't think those banana bars are something we would eat frequently. There's nothing wrong with them, they're just not to our taste." How odd, I thought, as the last time I checked they seemed to devour anything even remotely smudged with chocolate. Even so, I'm still standing by my 5-star rating.


  1. dbaied
    Yummy! Loved this recipe!!! I usually, for some reason dont like banana bread, but with the chocolate, this added a great taste! I added chocolate chips to my choc mix but next time i might try without them.<br/><br/>Also, might try to put a little less sugar as I thought it was extremely sweet. And also might try the yogurt idea instead of butter and see how that works. <br/><br/>Thanks!
  2. EatVegans
    LOVE them! I replaced the butter with apple sauce, used only 2 bananas and 1 c. wheat/ .5 c. white flour and they were so freaking delicious. These are now taking the place of my regular banana bread recipes.
  3. CieJF
    Very yummy and easy to make! I replaced the butter with 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup plain yogurt. I also reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup. Next time, I may omit the oil and just do 1/2 cup of plain yogurt to make it fat-free. A nice change from banana bread.
  4. richabby
    This was really good, the kids helped out and were intrigued by the two layers. The only change I made to increase nutrition was to use Krusteuz Whole Wheat Pancake Mix Flour in place of the plain flour and baking powder/soda mixture. Turned out perfect.


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