Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Monkey Bars


Monkey Bars

Monkey Bars are a great, new to me, way to use up overripe bananas, thank goodness too because we only have one dedicated banana eater in the house and they're always getting too ripe before he eats them all.
I was reading something, somewhere, I'm not even sure where or I'd totally give credit where credit is due, about making Monkey Bars. I was confused at first, how would you pop in the kitchen and make a piece of playground equipment? Then I caught on, oh yes, something tasty, with overripe bananas? Yes, Yes tell me more! There seems to be a plethora of uncomplicated recipes for Monkey Bars out there. I browsed them, a lot of them, it's what I do, and noticed most of the ingredients were just pantry staples with the exception of mini chocolate chips, that is. 

I happened to HAVE mini chocolate chips on hand, and overripe bananas too, so I mean really I was meant to make these, right? It's all connected; I read about them+had overripe bananas+read up on them+possessed all the ingredients=MUST MAKE STRAIGHT AWAY. I did, they are awesome and now I have to go ride my bike for 37 miles to burn them off. Ahem. 

Monkey Bars
oven 350˚
3/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 egg
3-4 mashed overripe bananas
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of cinnamon
1 cup mini chocolate chips
grease a 15x10x1 baking sheet
preheat oven to 350˚
whip the butter with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy, scrape the bowl down few times if using a stand mixer
beat in the sugar 
add the egg and beat well
mix in the mashed bananas 
in a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon
stir the flour mix into the butter banana mixture 
mix until completely incorporated 
stir in the chocolate chips
spread in the greased 15x10x1 baking sheet
bake in 350˚ for 25 minutes

These would be a brilliant addition to any bake sale you might be planning. They're original, the recipe makes a nice amount to sell and they're easily wrapped. Bake Sale WIN right there folks. 

I shared this post over at the Homesteaders Hop


  1. Hi Laura, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  2. These look yummy! Thanks for sharing on the Homesteader's Blog Hop! (I'll have to join you on that bike ride!)

  3. Yummo, I have been making lots of banana muffins with pineapple lately but I like the bar idea, lots of "crust" which is my favorite part. I will have to try this! Cheers


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