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Cherry-Nutella Banana Bread Bars

Hi, I’ve been stuffing my face with these since last night.

These chocolate-y little numbers are banana bread in bar form, studded with dried cherries and chocolate chips. They're super easy to make, and simple to make vegan! | spachethespatula.com #recipeIt’s cool though, because we’re calling these chocolatey bars “healthy.”

In truth, they’re only healthy in the sense that they are much healthier than similar alternatives, like a brownie.

They totally aren’t brownies, though. It’s rich chocolatey banana bread, studded with dried cherries and chocolate chips, in bar form! And it’s AWESOME.

So, yes, I may have had 1 (that was a lie…2) for breakfast. Thought process behind that? Banana bread is an acceptable breakfast>this is practically banana bread>I’m going to eat it for breakfast. Plus, these + milk = match made in heaven, just FYI.

These chocolate-y little numbers are banana bread in bar form, studded with dried cherries and chocolate chips. They're super easy to make, and simple to make vegan! | spachethespatula.com #recipeThese are actually based off of one of my very favorite recipes on the blog, that I feel like never really got very much attention—my Chocolate-Peanut Butter Banana Bread Fudge Bars. Seriously, try the original, you guys.

These ones are also crazy delicious, but a little less sinful, because I removed an entire cup of sugar. And yet, they’re still sweet and downright decadent thanks to the super ripe bananas. It’s really important to use almost completely black bananas here. Bananas get sweeter as they age. In blacker bananas, the starches have broken down into simpler, sweeter sugars. This means super yumminess in baked goods!

These chocolate-y little numbers are banana bread in bar form, studded with dried cherries and chocolate chips. They're super easy to make, and simple to make vegan! | spachethespatula.com #recipeSo, the inspiration from these came from two things: the three lone bananas reaching the end of their life in my pantry basket, and the amazing bag of dried cherries from Wood Orchard Market that my friend, Josh, brought back from Wisconsin.

I said I was going to make something delicious with them, and that I did!

These chocolate-y little numbers are banana bread in bar form, studded with dried cherries and chocolate chips. They're super easy to make, and simple to make vegan! | spachethespatula.com #recipe These chocolate-y little numbers are banana bread in bar form, studded with dried cherries and chocolate chips. They're super easy to make, and simple to make vegan! | spachethespatula.com #recipeOh, and it’s super easy to make these vegan! Just swap the melted butter out for melted coconut oil, and the Nutella out for a vegan nut butter—I suggest Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter or Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams!

These chocolate-y little numbers are banana bread in bar form, studded with dried cherries and chocolate chips. They're super easy to make, and simple to make vegan! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

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Cherry-Nutella Banana Bread Bars

Yield: 9"x16" pan full

Ingredients:

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (use coconut oil for vegan option)
  • 1/3 cup Nutella (use Justin's Chocolate-Hazelnut Butter for vegan option)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened cherries (or try dried cranberries!), + more to scatter on top
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, + more to scatter on top

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9"x13" baking pan and line with parchment paper; grease the paper.
  2. In the bowl on an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the bananas, melted butter, Nutella, sugar, and vanilla. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Add in the chocolate chips and cherries, and stir to combine.
  3. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish. If desired, scatter more cherries and chocolate chips over the top. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan and slicing.

These chocolate-y little numbers are banana bread in bar form, studded with dried cherries and chocolate chips. They're super easy to make, and simple to make vegan! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

   

16 Responses to “Cherry-Nutella Banana Bread Bars”

  1. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven — January 14, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Oooh dang guuuurl you’re killing me with these bars! Seriously ALL MY FAVS all in one gorgeous bar! Could these really be any more perfect? Uh no not possible. 😉

    • Rachael replied: — January 14th, 2015 @ 10:53 am

      Thanks, Sarah! They are a liiiiittle bit addictive, haha!

  2. Liz @ Tip Top Shape — January 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I would never think to put these ingredients together!  Yum!!!!

    • Rachael replied: — January 14th, 2015 @ 10:54 am

      Thanks, Liz! The cherries kinda add a sweet, tart, chewy element that is unreasonably delicious!

  3. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — January 14, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    What amazing flavors! I love the addition of cherries, and I’d be stuffing my face too 🙂

    • Rachael replied: — January 14th, 2015 @ 3:59 pm

      Haha, thanks, Medha! They are just one of those things that I have to get out of the house! You know? 😛

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche — January 15, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Oh god.. these bars just look so wickedly delicious and sinful too. I just love anything with nutella, so I can imagine how good they would have tasted!

    • Rachael replied: — January 15th, 2015 @ 2:24 pm

      Thank you, Thalia! I sent them all tow work with my boyfriend, and I miss them already!

  5. Oana — January 16, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Beautiful blog, Rachel! I just discovered it and love it.
    And decadent bars  – Nutella, bananas, cherries, all the things I love in a dessert. Well done!
    Now I’m gonna go check out all your other recipes, yum!

    • Rachael replied: — January 16th, 2015 @ 10:46 am

      Thank you so much, Oana! I’m glad you found me 🙂

  6. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext — January 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    These bars look delish! Love the Nutella- one of my favourites! Bookmarking to try! 😀

    • Rachael replied: — January 17th, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Jess! Mine too! How can you not love Nutella, right? :]

  7. Laura — January 21, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Please stop posting delicious foods in GWS you’re making me fat. Except don’t because I made these this morning to take to work. They’re not going to make it to work as my husband ate literally half the pan! Great recipe, and I love love your recipes. 

    • Rachael replied: — January 21st, 2015 @ 10:46 am

      Haha! Oh my god you totally made my day!
      I’m really glad you guys like them! They’re pretty dangerous. I like to pretend they’re health food, because… fruit. That way I don’t feel as bad when I eat literally three at once 😀

  8. bristol plasterer — March 24, 2015 at 2:54 am

    This sounds really nice and something different to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Simon

    • Rachael replied: — March 24th, 2015 @ 11:15 am

      Thanks, Simon! I hope you like it!

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