You’ve got a bunch of overripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter, but you’re tired of banana bread, so turn those bananas into Chocolate Bottom Banana Squares instead. This is like banana bread, brownies, and cake all in one, and with only a little guilt because it’s got bananas in it. How unhealthy can it be, right?
I discovered this recipe a few years ago on Tammy’s Recipes and fell in love with it. It requires a few extra mixing bowls because you’re making two types of batter – the banana batter and the chocolate batter – but it’s not overly complicated. Just know you’ll have some bowls to wash afterward. The finished product is worth it.
You can serve this dessert warm shortly after it’s come out of the oven, and the chocolate chips will be all gooey. You also can let it completely cool before serving, and then the chocolate chips harden and give the entire dessert a fun texture, if you’re into soft breading and chewy bits of chocolate. To make it more decadent, try topping servings with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup baking cocoa
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
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 and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and slice into squares.
What’s your favorite thing to do with overripe bananas besides making banana bread? Let us know in the comments.