Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies




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Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies

January is one of my favorite blogging months — I don’t have to kowtow to any holidays, and I can let my appetite wander where it wants.  Today it wants Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies :)

Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies

The recipe is based on my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies — one of my favorites, but I know no self-respecting food blogger would dream of dragging pumpkin into the New Year, so I got creative.  Actually I changed very little except to substitute an equal amount of mashed banana for the pumpkin.  They’re both classics, and a little something sweet to have with your coffee, tea, or milk on a gloomy morning.   The banana adds even more depth of flavor than the pumpkin, and it goes so well with the dark chocolate chips.  I can’t exactly call them healthy — how about we agree on ‘wholesome’?

Classic Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies

I like blondies even better than cake because I love the moist dense texture.  I also like sweets that I can hold in my hand and wrap up to go, too  (although you might have to lick your fingers after holding one of these.)

Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies are a not-too-sweet treat

If the combo of banana and chocolate interests you, try my CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD, my BANANA WALNUT CAKE WITH MOCHA BUTTERCREAM, or for purists, my COPY CAT TRADER JOE’S GONE BANANAS, which are slices of fresh frozen banana dipped in chocolate!

Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies

Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies
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Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (I used my favorite Vanilla Paste)
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2)
    dry ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips (I used a little less)

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Then add the banana and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the dry ingredients together and add them to the wet, mixing just until completely combined. Stir in most of the chocolate chips, reserving some to sprinkle over the top.
  5. Spread out the batter evenly in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining chips across the surface and press them in lightly.
  6. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until it is slightly puffed, and is not wet or wobbly in the center. A toothpick will have moist crumbs, but not wet batter, clinging to it. If the top seems to be browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil.
  7. Let cool on a rack before cutting.

notes:

  • To bring cold butter to room temperature unwrap it, cup in large pieces, and microwave for 15 seconds.  For cold eggs, immerse them in a small bowl of warm water, they will warm up quickly.
  • I encourage you to try these with whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour.
  • A light colored, shiny pan is best for baking brownies and blondies because it bakes more evenly than dark colored metal or glass.
  • Make sure your blondies are fully baked — the middle will be the last to fully cook.  Cover with a little foil if the top seems to be browning too quickly.

Moist Banana Chocolate Chip Blondies, a wholesome dessert or snack

 

 

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate
    February 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

    If your appetite is leading you to a banana chocolate chip combo than I am right there with you!

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    Susan
    January 24, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Oh-oh! I have overripe bananas that need to be used. I need to avert my eyes because these could cause major damage to my will power ;) Maybe my grandsons would be a good excuse to make these!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    January 21, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Well, I’m loving where your appetite wanders, because these blondies look incredible! Blondies are my favorite type of bar and the mashed banana in here souns divine! Totally want a dozen of these right now! Cheers, my dear! :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks Cheyanne!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 21, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Banana bread is one of our favorites! These blondies loaded with chocolate chips sound fabulous Sue! On my list!

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    Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    January 21, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Cardamom is a nice addition to the bananas and chocolate. I’ve only just popped my brownies cherry – blondies are next on the list!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    January 20, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Yum! Banana and chocolate is always a winning combination. Will be trying these :)

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    Diane {Created by Diane}
    January 20, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Oh my goodness these blondies are calling my name, loudly :)

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    January 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    A blondie is the only thing that I want on the earth at this very moment… how did you know?! ;)

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I’m with you Laura!

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    Susan
    January 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Yup! Gotta love chocolate chips and bananas in combo! They look ultra moist too! And I’m SO glad you left the pumpkin in 2015 … we’ve had enough for a while at our house too!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      I have to laugh because in reality I NEVER leave pumpkin behind…

  • Reply
    Cheri
    January 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Sue, you make the best brownies, just happen to have all ingredients available and I Am needing a little sneaky snack.

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Cheri <3

  • Reply
    Wendy
    January 20, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in blondie form?! Yum.

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      I guess you could put it that way, yes!

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    January 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Wholesome – I like it :) I think I like blondies better than cake as well, and that chocolate and banana combo sounds delish!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      In my world this kind of dessert really is wholesome…remember dark chocolate is a SUPER FOOD!

  • Reply
    Tricia
    January 20, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Oh boy … banana blondies – now that sounds creative! What a great combination and I bet the texture is perfect. The crust on top looks crazy good! Very nice recipe – thanks :)

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    Catherine
    January 20, 2016 at 11:06 am

    these look lovely and I would really like to make them but is it possible to substitute the sugar for a natural sweetener? Because I am a marginal diabetic I only make recipes that use a natural form of sweetener. But I would really like to make these but being very new to cake/cookie baking I don’t know which substitutions to use.

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    Chris Scheuer
    January 20, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Blondies always call my name but these are particularly enticing! I bought way too many bananas on Sunday and have only used one. Hmmm…….

  • Reply
    Bita Arabian
    January 20, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Looks super yummy – mouth watering, ready for a bite! Thanks for sharing ??Bita

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    sippitysup
    January 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Consider these made and on my counter! GREG

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    January 20, 2016 at 9:39 am

    These look amazing. Of course, your pumpkin blondies are amazing, so no wonder these do! And we have bananas and chocolate chips on hand. And snow to shovel, which means we need a treat afterwards. Sold!

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    DWT
    January 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

    These sound amazing, only I will change the chips to milk chocolate ;)

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 20, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Go for it :)

  • Reply
    Julie
    January 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I made and LOVED your pumpkin blondies, so I have to try these!

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