By Miss Jeanette of FenceRow to FenceRow

You know you have great friends when they can look at a recipe and know it would be something I’d want to eat! Thanks Miss Meggie for the Chocolate Fudge Cookies. Wow! I’m going to hide them or my kids will steal all of them!

When I was looking through the Gooseberry Patch online cookbook, I picked a recipe that I knew my family would love.  And then I realized Miss Heather and I must have been separated at birth as she had already made those cookies and had them kid approved!  So it was on to Plan B.

When choosing a recipe, I had to have Miss Liz in mind. Liz is skinny! And I always see her eating healthy food. In the past three months I’ve made some eating changes and have been striving towards much healthier food options, while still enjoying the occasional treat! I decided these Black Bottom Banana Bars would be something Liz will enjoy and be something I can eat a few of and not have it immediately show up on my hips!

Black Bottom Banana Bars

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla extract
1-1/2 c. bananas, mashed
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. baking cocoa

Start by creaming the butter and the sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until blended.

Then mash up your bananas and beat those in. I used two whole bananas for this recipe.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

Then blend the flour and banana mixture together.  Divide your batter in half.  Add cocoa to one half.

Pour the vanilla batter into a greased 9×13 baking pan.  Spoon chocolate batter on top.  Swirl with a knife to make a marbled appearance.

I’m not sure my marbled look was quite what it was supposed to be.  However, it didn’t affect the taste! Bake these bars at 350 degrees or 25 minutes!  The recipe says it is supposed to make 3 dozen.  I’m not sure ours will be cut quite that small!

And that’s it! These are so easy to make and taste great. Enjoy Liz!

Cris from GOODEness Gracious

The mama cooking up all kinds of GOODe things on GOODEness Gracious and changing her family's life on As Goode As It Gets. Ag runs in her roots and she is proud to count so many farmers her friend.