Cocoa Banana Bars Recipe -
Cocoa Banana Bars Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Cocoa Banana Bars

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"These bars are very moist with a rich banana and chocolate flavor. They are an after-school snack that the kids will beg for."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until well combined. Stir in the mashed banana, set aside.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate large bowl, and make a well in the center. Pour the banana mixture into the well and stir just until combined.
  4. Remove half of the batter from the bowl. Mix the cocoa powder into the batter remaining in the bowl and stir well. Spread the cocoa batter in the bottom of the prepared pan. Spoon the remaining batter on top and use a knife to swirl the batter into a marbled design.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into 24 pieces.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 28, 2009

I make these all the time for Potluck...the only bad thing about them is keeping DH from devouring them all before-hand! I usually put the chocolate layer on top so I only have to use one bowl. I also sometimes add walnuts and/or chocolate chips. Yummy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 01, 2012

These are blah. The cocoa layer is not distinctive enough to differentiate between the two flavors. You would be better off making it without the cocoa and adding it adding it to the top of your favorite brownie recipe and cooking them together.

Jan 28, 2009

This is a great recipe! Don't change anything! Too many people add and/or change recipes - this is great as shown!!

Jan 29, 2009

Wow!!! This really is "the Best!" I followed the recipe with amazing results. The only minor problem I had was that the batter was slightly dry. I used two large bananas and I didn't really measure it out to 1 1/2 cups. Next time I would add 4 bananas to make it more moist. I had to add some milk to the cocoa mixture to thin it out, but otherwise it was fabulous.

May 28, 2009

These are great! I do agree with the others about not changing a thing. Also, I noticed that 1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas is about 4-5 bananas. Mine were medium size. Please make sure you measure otherwise the bars will be dry.

May 25, 2013

I make this recipe into muffins because when I made it into bars the bars were too thin. I pour them half and half like one of the pictures you see in the recipe album. They're very delicious. My girlfriend says out of all the muffins I make that these are the best. I always give these away too so we don't eat the whole batch. FIVE STARS!!!!!

Sep 29, 2010

This recipe makes a delicious chocolate flavored banana cake. If you are expecting a bar cookie, or chewy brownie type..this recipe won't cut it. That being said, these are very good. I was a little worried about dryness as mentioned by several others so I used almost a full 2 cups of banana...perfect...very moist and the banana flavor comes through nicely. I though they could use a little something on the top. I made a peanut butter glaze (from this site) as suggested by another reviewer and just drizzled that over the top. With that addition, this recipe was 5 stars! Perhaps just a sifting of confectioner's sugar would be enough, but how can one go wrong with banana, chocolate and peanut butter all in one bite!

May 24, 2010

These are excellent! I cut the recipe in half and baked it in a pie pan. The only other changes I made were substituting rum flavor for the vanilla (out of vanilla) and adding a bit extra banana. The bananas I mashed came out to 1/4 cup more than called for, but I threw it all in anyway. It came out very moist and flavorful! Definitely a keeper recipe. The best part was that I already had the ingredients. What a great way to use those extra bananas!


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  • Calories
  • 113 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 152 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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