Chocolate Chip Monkey Bars

Baystateparent Magazine
Chocolate Chip Monkey Bars

This kid-favorite treat features bananas, cinnamon and chocolate chips... what could be better than that? 

Ingredients:

1 ⅔ cups mashed, ripe bananas (about 5 bananas) 

¾ cup packed light brown sugar 

¼ cup oil 

¼ cup milk 

2 large eggs 

2 tsp. vanilla extract 

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon 

¼ tsp. salt 

1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour 

1 cup mini chocolate chips 

Directions: 

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 15 x 10 x ½-inch baking pan with nonstick foil (let the foil extend about 2 inches above the pan at both ends). 

In a large bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, sugar, oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Whisk flour into the banana mixture, just until blended. Fold in ½ cup of the mini chocolate chips. 

Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. 

Hold the foil by the ends and lift from the pan onto a cutting board. Carefully cut into bars, slicing lengthwise into 4 strips, and then each strip into 10. Remove foil. 

Known as "Goose" to her grandkids, Laurie Silva Collins has perfected her recipes over years of cooking for her three daughters and six grandchildren.