Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I made these for Thanksgiving yesterday. I really did want to follow the recipe exactly but I didn’t have any oats…the only ones I did have were in the form of granola. That sounded good to me! Also since I doubled the recipe I didn’t have enough granola to total the 4 cups that I needed so I added craisins and pepitas.

I really like this recipe…especially the banana flavor it adds. This is one to save and make again!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

From Two Peas and Their Pod

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 small bananas (or 2 medium/large), mashed
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Here is where the original recipe called for (if you double it of course):

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

I added:

  • 2 1/2 cups homemade granola (slivered almonds, oats, spices etc.)
  • 1 regular sized bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 3/4 pepitas

Method

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars, mix until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and egg. Next, add the banana. Beat well.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  • Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or Silcone baking mats. (I put all of the dough, except for enough to make 1 tray of cookies, into a greased 13×9 baking dish)
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 minutes for cookies and 30 minutes for bars or until golden. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

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