Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Banana-Kissed Chocolatey Cookie Bars

I was in the mood for vegan Kahlua brownies on Sunday. After sifting through cookbooks and my cabinets, I realized it could not be done easily enough to suit my tastes. Instead, I decided to veganize a cookie bar recipe that I'd never tried before. The result is seriously one of the most delicious things I've made in a long, long time. They are vegan, but you'd never guess it!

(Sorry for the green image. There is no such thing as good lighting in my apartment.)
Here's the recipe:

Banana-Kissed Chocolatey Cookie Bars
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter, softened (I like Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 a banana, mashed
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray, grease, and/or line a 9"x13" baking dish.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and banana until creamy. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Spread batter in baking dish. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool, then cut into bars. Makes about 24 servings of this:

I have eaten so many of these since Sunday. I won't tell you the exact number because then you'll know what a pig I am! You should definitely try them, though. You won't be disappointed.


christine said...

Those look yummy. This weather makes me want to bake! I probably would if it didn't mean a trip to the grocery store for ingredients.

Hollyrocks said...

I can almost taste them, they look so good!! I'm a big fan of anything that combines chocolate with bananas (actually it's more like chocolate with anything, I'd probably eat a dog turd if it were dipped in chocolate). I'm going to start doing more food-type entries in my blog to follow my attempts at learning how to be a decent cook. So maybe I'll be the one supplying YOU with food porn next time!!

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