Cocoa Bottom Banana Pecan Bars

I love bananas.

My husband loves bananas.

We almost always have bananas in the house.

Every now and then we forget about them and before you know it they are over-ripe.

So, here is my new favorite recipe to make when this happens.

Start by spraying your pan.
Cream the sugar and butter.
Add bananas, vanilla and egg.
Mix all your dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture.
Add pecans.
Separate half of the batter.
Add cocoa to the other half.
Spread the chocolate batter into prepared pan.
Top with plain batter.
Swirl with knife.
Bake and enjoy!!

Cocoa Bottom Banana Pecan Bars:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
5 ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9×13 inch baking pan. Beat sugar and butter in bowl at medium until creamy. Add bananas, egg and vanilla; beat until well blended. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat until well blended. Stir in pecans.

Divide batter in half. Stir cocoa into the one half. Spread chocolate batter into prepared pan. Top with plain batter; swirl with knife.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. cool completely in pan on wire wrack. Cut into bars.

About Liz

I’m a dairy cattle showing, wine loving, cake baking, wife and mommy navigating the world of friend’s bridal and baby showers while living & loving life on the farm.


  1. Here to share a “here’s what to do with those over-ripe bananas” recipe. :) Thanks for hosting! ~Lisa

  2. It’s like a banana week – I posted my recipe this morning before checking here. :) Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Love the recipe and thank you for hosting your link party!

  4. Greetings from Amish Stories. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon,Pa.

  5. That looks soooooo good!

  6. These sound amazing LIz! I ALWAYS have bananas around the house!

  7. Yum! Can’t wait to try it sometime soon! It was nice meeting you both at the fair this week! Hope you had a fun time with the kids! Following on GFC now!

  8. Hello newest follower from the hop look forward to reading your posts

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