A favorite in our house, for a husband who doesn’t always love all things chocolate…

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
3/4 c. butter, softened (150 g.)
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
1 c. mashed ripe bananas (3 medium)
1 t. vanilla
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 c. chopped walnuts, optional

Grease a 15x10x1 inch baking pan, or thereabouts. (I have one that came with my oven that’s deep enough that fills the oven, like a jelly roll pan that works).In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add the sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.  Beat until combined.  Beat in egg, bananas and vanilla.   Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Stir in remaining flour.  Stir in the chocolate pieces and, if you want, nuts.

Spread in the prepared baking pan.  Bake in a 170 degree oven about 20 minutes or until golden on top.  Cool on a wire rack, and cut into bars.

These are not really firm bars, more of a cake-like consistency.  Best straight out of the oven. 🙂 

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