Recipe ~ Cocoa Bottom Banana Pecan Bars

Since I’d rather eat dessert than a main course most days, here is a recipe I found in my KitchenAid Recipe Collection cookbook {which is a fantastic ring-bound book I recently purchased. I have gotten so many new recipes from this!} I had leftover pecans from the holidays, so I scoured the recipes & found these bad boys. I made them earlier today with the help of my toddler, who is my eternal taste tester/assistant. They are like a marble banana bread brownie. Delicious ooey gooey morsels of yum!

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

5 ripe bananas, mashed

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 13×9 inch baking dish.

Beat the sugar and softened butter at medium speed until well blended and creamy. Add in your mashed bananas, egg and vanilla. Mix together until well blended.

In a medium bowl {or add it right into your stand mixer bowl, like I did} combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda and salt and add to banana mixture. Stir well.

Fold in your pecans.

Divide the batter in half and add cocoa to one half, stirring until well mixed.

Add the chocolate layer to the bottom of your baking dish.

Spread plain batter over the top carefully.

Swirl with knife to get the marbled effect {if desired}

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Note: It is impossible to eat only one!

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One thought on “Recipe ~ Cocoa Bottom Banana Pecan Bars

  1. mydearbakes says:

    Congrats on making such a fantastic bake! =)

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