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Skinny Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

Posted Mar 14 2012 2:49am

Skinny Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

Skinny Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

I love the combination of bananas and chocolate. It’s one I never get tired of. And I often end up with an overripe banana or two sitting on the counter to experiment with.

What do you do with overripe bananas?

The first thing that usually pops into my head when considering is banana bread . (I’ve never claimed to be particularly creative.) So, my initial thought was to add chunks of dark chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips to a loaf. But then I decided to try  to come up with lighter healthier banana chocolate chip bars instead.

I checked a few cookbooks and websites and decided to adapt a recipe for banana chocolate chips squares from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking  Cookbook.

To make them lighter and healthier, I reduced the amount of butter called for and increased the bananas to compensate. Then I fiddled with a few other minor changes, including adding a handful of coconut.

The verdict?

These banana coconut chocolate chip bars are tasty, moist and delicious, but turned out more cake like than I would have liked. They definitely get better with time, so I strongly urge you to try and let them sit overnight before cutting and serving them. The next time I make them, I’m going to see what I can do to make make them bit more dense and blondie-like.

The family seems to approve of them because they are disappearing quickly :-)

Low Fat Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Low Fat Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 16
Banana chocolate chip bars with coconut and walnuts are simply delicious
  1. Position an oven rack in the center and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8- inch square pan with non-stick foil or parchment for easiest cleanup. Or lightly grease the pan with non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt until well blended.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.
  4. Add the egg, mashed bananas and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir just until combined, then stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts.
  6. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake until set, 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. For best results let the bars sit overnight before cutting and serving.
  9. Cut into 16 bars.
Nutrition & Cooking Notes

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 bar): 141 calories, 6.4 g fat, 19.4 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 2.3 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value

These bars were very good, but still a little more cakey than I want. The next time I make them I am going to see if I can make them more “blondie-like” in texture by adding 1/2 cup quick oats and substituting the baking powder for 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. I’m also going to leave out the cinnamon.

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