Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares

Have you finally come down from the holiday sugar-rush? Are you ready for more? More! More! More!

This is a good one for the person craving something sweet, but who doesn't like it TOO sweet. The delicious taste of banana bread, combined with chocolate. How could something so good, be wrong? It can't, so go ahead, give in. You've earned it for surviving the holidays, the winter weather and whatever else is going on in your life. Treat yourself.

Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares
from Tammy's Recipes

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips (I only used 1/2 cup, but will use more next time as they sink in during baking)

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and bananas, beating thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Divide batter in half. Add the cocoa to one portion of the batter. Spread that portion in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Spoon remaining batter on top, swirling gently with butter knife if desired, and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until batter tests done with a toothpick or fork. Cool and cut into 24 squares.

Guten appetit!

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