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Peanut butter frosting makes chocolate chip banana bars something special

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Banana bars slathered in peanut butter frosting are a stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth treat

This treat is quite a combo: chocolate, banana and a sweet peanut butter frosting. You couldn't ask for a better pairing that both kids and adults alike will love.

If I had to decide on the best part about this treat, I wouldn't be able to. I love every bit of these tasty bars.

Banana bars slathered in peanut butter frosting are a stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth treat
Image: Patricia Conte/SheKnows

This dessert is so easy to make, yet you might not think so given its range of flavors. The classic flavor combo proves you cannot go wrong with this dessert. It can be yours in under two hours.

Banana bars slathered in peanut butter frosting are a stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth treat
Image: Patricia Conte/SheKnows

Chocolate chip banana bars with peanut butter frosting recipe

Yields 15

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Rest time: 45 minutes | Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the bars

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • Nonstick cooking spray

For the frosting

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup plain peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (a bit more if you prefer the frosting thicker)

Directions:

For the bars

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with the nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, applesauce and sugars. Mix well to combine.
  4. A little at a time, add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, and stir until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips to the mixture. Transfer the batter to the baking pan.
  6. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely (about 45 minutes) before slicing into bars and frosting.

For the frosting

  1. Mix together the yogurt, peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth. If you like your frosting on the thicker side, add a bit more powdered sugar. Stir to combine.
  2. Spread over completely cooled and sliced bars.

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