This is cattle drive food. And one of the easiest things to make ever. Just cream the butter and sugar, mix the rest of it together, pour it in the pan and bake. When the bananas are perfectly over-ripe, these are addictive. Such a homely looking dessert, but just wait. I bet you will fight to restrain yourself. Unless you use bananas that are too ripe or not ripe enough. I bake in a 13 x 9 pan since I don’t have the size called for in the recipe, and they taste great. I extend the cooking time by about 10 minutes to bake it through. Don’t let my enthusiasm for these babies fool you – they are a basic bar. But not.
I’m often tempted to throw some icing on top but then they wouldn’t get to ride on top of a horse, or go to work in the pocket of a Carhart jacket. There’s something appealing about their humble simplicity that makes them real ranch food. Plus, I hate seeing bananas not fulfilling their purpose. It’s just not right.
Here’s how you make them:
¾ cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe medium bananas, mashed (1 cup)
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Grease pan, or line with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
3. Add egg and vanilla, beat well.
4. Stir in banana.
5. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
6. Add to creamed mixture; beat well.
7. Stir in chocolate chips.
8. Spread in a greased and floured 15 ½ x 10 ½ x 1 inch baking pan.
9. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
10. Cool and cut into bars.
Makes 36 bars.