Sunday, September 20, 2015

Going Bananas for Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies

It has been a tough day for football in the south.
Baking can be very zen for me. 
So I opted to creatively deal with the brown bananas in the kitchen rather than being exasperated at a television.  
I know that banana bread is what you are "supposed" to make, but it was time for a  change. 
These are rich and chocolatey and by the time they were done, games were played and lost and we were happily enjoying these decadent treats and almost forgot about football for a while...almost.

          Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies
1 cup Butter (2 sticks) Melted
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1/4 tsp Salt
2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 cup Banana, mashed (4 small bananas)
1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350
Melt the butter (you can brown it if you are fancy). I used a medium ceramic mixing bowl and just melted it in the microwave. 
In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar. Stirring until well incorporated. 
Add the eggs and vanilla to the sugar mixture, stir until combined. 

Add in the flour, salt, & baking powder incrementally and continue to stir.
Lastly, add in the mashed banana and chocolate chips and stir until all ingredients are combined.  
Spray a 13 x 9 pan with non stick spray and pour in the batter, spreading evenly throughout the pan. 

Bake 35-38 minutes until center is set.  

Notes: This recipe could easily be halved and prepared in an 8 x 8 pan. 
These are thick and rich and unbelievably moist.  If you want to lighten them up a bit, use a 1:1 ratio of white sugar to brown sugar.  
The amount of baking powder is intentionally small and can actually be omitted for a denser brownie.  
I used half a bag of mini semi sweet chocolate chips which was delicious and the minis seem to disperse evenly in the batter. Often when I don't have chips in the house I substitute a chopped chocolate bar.  

I hope that you enjoy this delicious alternative to banana bread, and your family and friends are amazed at your baking skills! 

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