Makin’ banana snack cake, pretend like it’s the weekend…
I think it’s imperative “Banana Pancakes” now be the background song for this post. Click here and keep reading 😀 (Remember when Jack Johnson was a huge thing? Where’d he go?)
So, I’ll be honest…I have no idea if these delicious, addictive little bar things are “snack cake.” In fact, according to Wikipedia’s definition, they’re definitely not…but it sounds like a cute name, and wtf do I call these?! They’re like a love child between peanut butter banana bread and a brownie—all the flavor of banana bread, with that delightful chewy texture of a brownie. But they aren’t brownies… because they are not chocolate.
…Blondies. They are totally blondies…just came to me. But now we’ve committed to “snack cake,” so screw it, we’re running wild with that name!
These are actually a variation of my Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Bread Fudge Bars (see? I guess I didn’t know how to accurately classify the first iteration, either), which is one of my favorite recipes I have ever created. But, as amazing as chocolate is, I wanted a version without it; thus, these were born!
Guys, they are so good. They are definitely 100% a dessert, and go great in an ice cream sundae (use one of these as a replacement for the banana in a banana split!!), but if you’re like me, you can lie to yourself and call it breakfast, too. They’re really good with a cup of coffee…I won’t tell if you don’t.
Yield: 24 servings
- 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (I like crunchy)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13″ baking dish, line with parchment paper, and grease the paper; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder,and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, bananas, sugar, vanilla, and peanut butter. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. Add in the peanut butter chips and mix to combine.
- Spread the mixture out into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan and slicing.