Recipe: Banana Bars with a Cream Cheese Nutella Swirl

nutella-banana-3I have always been a strong supporter of the banana-chocolate pairing. My go-to this-almost-counts-as-healthy snack is a bowl of sliced bananas and chocolate chips. And that’s what my intention was this afternoon when I walked into the kitchen feeling a little peckish. Unfortunately, the bananas were a bit too ripe for my liking and I certainly wasn’t patient enough to wait for a loaf of banana bread. My solution was this ooey-gooey, almost-chocolate, not-quite-healthy sheet cakey creation.

Ingredients:

  • 5 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Combine bananas, brown sugar, canola oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla. You can mix until it is smooth or you can leave the banana chunky if you prefer.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  • Spray a 9×13″ pan with nonstick spray.
  • Set aside 1/3 cup of your lovely banana batter.
  • Pour the remaining batter into the pan. Set aside.
  • Add your 1/3 cup of batter back into the mixer bowl. Add Nutella and cream cheese and mix until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula and mix again.
  • Drizzle the Nutella mixture over the batter and use a fork to swirl the two together. Don’t miss the edges or they won’t cook evenly!
  • Bake for 20-24 minutes.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Devour ravenously.
  • Store whatever unlikely leftovers you have in the fridge to devour at a later time.
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