What's Cooking with Linda Yuengel: Chocolate and bananas, yum!

Chocolate-bottom banana squares
Chocolate-bottom banana squares

Time for dessert – the best of both worlds, bananna bread and chocolate brownies! Here is a recipe that combines both of these to make an easy, one pan dessert that serves a crowd. This is a moist recipe that is not overpowered by the banana and the chocolate part is not over sweet either.

Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares


1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla


1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup baking cocoa

1 cup chocolate chips


1. In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and bananas, beating thoroughly.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

3. Divide batter in half. Add the cocoa to one portion of the batter. Spread that portion in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Spoon remaining batter on top, swirling gently with butter knife if desired, and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until batter tests done with a toothpick or fork. Cool and cut into 24 squares.

Linda Yuengel resides in Fleetwood.