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Cocoa Banana Bars


"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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40 m servings 113 cals
Original recipe yields 24 servings (1 9x13 inch pan)


  • Calories:
  • 113 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 18.1g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 152 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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  1. 172 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

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....

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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...

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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....

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

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 m...

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 mea...

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. M...

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 li...

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...

These were a hit, I would make them again, but with chocolate chips in the light batter

I asked my Husband if he liked it, he said, "give this to noone and make more", I think that is a YES! The only thing I did different is use a smaller pan.