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.

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Banana Bread Scones

It’s been awhile since I participated in the Fantastical Food Fight, but knew I had to participate this month. The theme is BANANA and if you’ve been following me, you know that I always have an issue with over-ripe bananas.

My daughter enjoyed these scones and made a perfect after-school snack for her. She eats lunch early since starting middle school and she’s starving by the time she gets home. I’m sure you’ll see many more recipes for after-school snacks in the near future. I snuck a little piece to try and they had the flavor of banana bread but in scone form – which I loved!

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Banana Lovers’ Banana Muffins

My kids ask for bananas. I buy bananas. No one eats the bananas and now I have a bunch of overripe bananas. I was looking for a recipe that I could use the most amount of bananas and came across this recipe for muffins for banana lovers. Perfect! I’ve already made two batches and my kids {and husband} love them!

They’re super easy to make and are the perfect afternoon snack. The first batch I made I followed the recipe and added chocolate chips. The second batch I swapped out 1 cup of flour for whole wheat white flour and no one noticed. Just a little swap to make them a little healthier. I also like that the recipe doesn’t use any oil.

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Banana Bread Maple Cinnamon Rolls

I’m on the hunt for a delicious recipe for breakfast morning on Christmas and decided to do some testing. This is the first recipe I’d tried and it was really good. Everyone loved the cinnamon rolls and the banana made them different and unique….plus I’m always looking for a way to use up over-ripe bananas. The maple glaze is amazing too!

Homemade cinnamon rolls are fairly easy to make – they take a little time and patience, but trust me… it’s so worth it!

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Double Chocolate Banana Cake

As usual, I had a couple of over-ripe bananas and needed to find something to make to use them up. I don’t know why we always end up with 2 or 3 bananas that never get eaten?!? I was thinking about making one of my muffin recipes, but then decided on this recipe for a double chocolate banana cake.

It’s super moist, rich and I used a combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips to make it even better. It takes all of 5 minutes to throw together and then 30 minutes of baking until you have this delicious cake. It can be eaten at room temperature, but I recommend eating it when it’s warm.

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Chunky Monkey Trail Mix

My kids are growing like weeds! I’ve been noticing their pants are getting shorter and they’ve been complaining their shoes are too small. It might explain all the snacking they’ve been doing! I wanted to make something that would be packed with protein, but still have a little bit of sweetness and found this delicious recipe for trail mix…. made in the crockpot! It makes a big batch and we’ve all been snacking on it all week. I love the crunchy banana chips, toasted coconut and of course the dark chocolate chips. YUM!

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2 1/4 cup raw walnuts (chopped)
1 cup raw cashew halves (chopped)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup coconut sugar
4-5 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup unsweetened banana chips
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

In a slow cooker, mix the walnuts, cashews, coconut, sugar, vanilla and coconut oil. Mix together until combine. Cook on high for 45 to 60 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure the coconut doesn’t burn. Reduce heat to low for an additional 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet to allow to dry out. Add in the banana chips and chocolate chips. Store in an air-tight container.

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Ricotta Banana Bread

Once again, I found myself with almost a full bunch of bananas that were on their way to being overripe. I should learn that when my kids ask for bananas, they only want 1 or 2 and not to buy a bunch, since they never eat them all. I decided to wipe up a loaf of banana bread last night to use up a few and then cut the rest into slices, frozen them and they’ll be used for smoothies. I also picked this recipe since it uses ricotta and I had some leftover from another recipe that needed to be used.

The bread came out super moist and you would never know there was ricotta in the batter. It’s really good warm with a little smear of butter. With a slice of this bread and a cup of coffee, it’s a great way to start the day!

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Banana Coconut Bread – The Secret Recipe Club

Today comes with great sadness…it’s my last post for The Secret Recipe Club. I have been with the group since almost the beginning, I think I may have missed for the first or second months, but it’s been 5 years worth of fun, meeting new friends and making so many amazing recipes! I went back to look at my first recipe and it was a French Toast Casserole in June 2011. I’m going to miss blogging for the SRC each month, but a few of us have moved onto other monthly groups to find new things to fill our time!

For my last SRC assignment, I received The Big Sweet Tooth. I’d say it’s the perfect way to say goodbye! Rafeeda is the lady behind The BST and like me, she’s quite busy! Rafeeda makes a wide variety of recipes and has some ingredients I have never heard of before. It made me realize I’m missing out on a whole type of cuisine and foods I need to try! I looked through all the recipes and had a hard time deciding on what to make, but chose her recipe for banana coconut bread since I had a bunch of bananas on my counter that needed to be used. The bread was really good and my husband and kids finished the loaf without me! My husband’s only comment was that I should have added pecans to the batter and not just on top. The only tweak I made was replacing the flaxseed powder for additional flour since I was out of flax.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

It’s time for September’s #FilltheCookieJar group and I’m filling the jar with these delicious peanut butter banana bars. The theme for this month was fall, and while these bars aren’t exactly fall themed, they are still delicious and you can’t go wrong with the combination of peanut butter and banana.

These bars are easy to make and the have a gooey layer of peanut butter on top. I had everything in my pantry and they were a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. Definitely  give these a try next time you have bananas to use.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Bars – #FilltheCookieJar

As usual I had some over-ripe bananas on my counter waiting to be used and decided I would make some snack bars for the kids. They’ve been eating like crazy lately, not sure if they’re getting ready to hibernate for the winter or what is going on! It was also the perfect time to get my recipe ready for this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar. Our theme this month was Christmas / Holiday. While these bars don’t have peppermint, red or green, they’re the perfect treat to snack on while you’re decorating!

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