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3.31.2010

Double Layer Chocolate Banana Bars

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

The last few days have been nice and gorgeous. I cannot believe that we are going to be reaching a near 70 degrees tomorrow! Along with the nice weather are the birds I get to see outside my window. Well, birds and squirrels.

I recently found out that our neighborhood squirrels have been rummaging around in our trash bin like a couple of raccoons? Me thinks they did not store up enough food during the harvest! :) I check the trash bin and find out that there is a gaping hole in the back and they have been making holes in our trash bags. We decided that we would start using the bin right next to it because I DO NOT feel like intruding a squirrel in our trash. I can only picture the scene in Monty Phython's Quest for the Holy Grail where the rabid rabbit is attacking the village. LOL
On a lighter note, here is a picture of the lovely robins lingering in our yard.

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

If you have not noticed, I have been baking alot of items with chocolate and bananas. I buy bananas for Ryan and I but Ryan will only consume them if they are slightly green and I cannot eat so many at a time. I usually like to freeze them and use them in a smoothie, but sometimes I just want to bake something with them.

I called this recipe a bar because I can cut them in sqaures but they are more cakey than a gooey bar. It came out super delicious with an even flavor of chocolate and bananas. I chose to go with peanuts than the normal walnut or pecan fare just because I know my husband likes it. He was happy. ;)

The recipe has flaxseed meal and whole wheat pastry flour for a healthier kick! Enjoy this with a cup of delicious coffee!

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen
Double Layer Chocolate Banana Bars
makes 12 bars

1/2 cup Earth Balance margarine
1 cup vegan sugar
1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer
2 Tbsp water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Green & Black unsweetened cocoa
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup crushed peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 by 9 square glass dish.

In a small bowl, cream margarine and sugar until creamy. Mix egg replacer with water and mix well and add to sugar mix along with the vanilla. Add mashed bananas and mix well.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Divide batter in half.

Add cocoa to one half of the batter and mix well until blended. Add that chocolate batter to the glass dish and smooth over. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of peanuts on top of the layer.

Cover with the light banana batter and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and peants.

Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Double Layer Chocolate Banana Bars on FoodistaDouble Layer Chocolate Banana Bars

33 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Drooool.

Those looks absolutely incredible.

Maria said...

These look amazing!

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

wow, there are no words! except for I WANT one!

Tera said...

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Noelle said...

These ARE delicious! I sent the majority away with my bible study group as they left yesterday. They are quick and easy to prepare.

Marly said...

These look so good. I've added it to my recipe "to do" list. Don't get me started on squirrels. I have fruit trees and the squirrels don't let us have any of it. They grab the fruit before it's even ripe, take one bite and throw it on the ground. They take all the fruit on the tree too. I have tried many ways to stop them, short of sitting in my yard with a bb gun. I'm a vegan so I refuse to resort to violence, but there have been moments where I want one of my pears or peaches...it's tempting!!!

Ann said...

OMG!!! Mouth watering, such a inviting picture.

Emily Ziegler said...

Can you send me about 5 lbs of that stuff? Yikes, it looks good!

Marina said...

Time to open a vegan cafe?

bunkycooks said...

These look really wonderful! Yum!

kirsten said...

ooo..this looks good, I'm going to make this!

Tanya said...

Stop it! You're going to make me fat, LOL! This stuff looks way too good.

kristinsnibbles said...

WOW. That is all I have to say =D

Melissa Peterman said...

I'd never know it was vegan! Yum! Great photo too!

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

Oh yum! Once again I wish your blog was a shop. I'd be placing an order! :P

livelifeeatright said...

These look incredible! I am so impressed!

Danielle said...

Well, it's chocolate and bananas. How bad could it be? Looks wonderful!

Rachel J said...

Girl, if I wasn't allergic to bananas I'd be all over this dessert! The looks of contrast is stunning as well. Bellisimo :)

Michelle said...

OH MY...these sure look delicious but anything with chocolate is fine by me!

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking said...

That sounds like a delicious double layer cake! I wanna eat it right away. I just started an online cooking show, in the last episode I'm making Swedish cupcakes. Please check it out!

Sarah Manning said...

congrats on the top 9!! i'm a sucker for anything involving chocolate and bananas... will definitely be trying these out!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Great job on making the Top 9. Your recipe is quite healthy...gonna give it a try!

Noelle said...

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments! Even if you are not vegan, the vegan ingredients CAN be substituted. I had a friend who substituted the Ener-G egg replacer with 1 egg and then used regular milk chocolate chips and butter. It came out just as delicious! Thanks for your support!

Cooking Rookie said...

I wish I could try a piece from the screen :-)

Nik said...

Gosh, I think these will make a great breakfast or even a great snack during those long economics classes!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

omg these made me double take when I was scrolling down the page. They look so good.

Rabid rabbit, hehe!

Casey Angelova said...

Wow this looks great! Congrats on the Top 9!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

OMG, these look so amazing! And I love that Monty Python movie - I have seen it so many times, I have it memorized. Okay, that was slightly embarrassing to admit...anyway, I could gobble these babies up. Yum.

Emily Malloy (Ziegler) said...

Holy moly! There is NO way these can't be 129032840 calories!

Well done, my dear :-)

Dionne Baldwin said...

Let me be the 30th person (or so) to tell you how amazing these look. Vegan is making quite an appearance on the food scene and I'm glad I came across this. I've been learning how to bake things that are better for my family and this is right up my alley.

Nelly said...

omg noelle!!!! can you hook a girl up??? hehe...wow...

wish i could take a bite...or the whole batch through the screen...i am sooooooooooooo hungry, even more now since reading this post!

Stella said...

Yum, Noelle. These bars look really good-me wants one (smile)! Ooh, and I like my bananas a bit green too. I'm with Ryan on that one;)

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