Chocolate Chunk Banana Bars

Once again, I found myself with over-ripe bananas and was looking for a way to use them up. With the craziness of spring sports starting, our work schedules, my school board campaign getting underway, I haven’t had much free time to spend in the kitchen. I knew I had to find a quick and easy recipe to use up these bananas. I stumbled on this recipe for banana bars and it was just what I was looking for!

They remind me of banana bread but more like a cake. My daughter loved them and they made for a great after-school snack. The banana makes these bars moist and the chocolate chunks were a nice added sweetness.

1 1/4 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chunks (plus more for sprinkling on top)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×9 square baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the bananas, sugar, applesauce and eggs. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combine. Fold in the 1/2 cup of chocolate chunks.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle more chocolate chunks on top if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Enjoy these warm from the oven. The melting chunks of chocolate are so good!

Source: Plowing Through Life

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