I’m making dreams come true in bar form.

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Not the tequila type of bar, but the sugared-up type of bar.

Maybe we can do both? We should.

Together.

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Banana blondies baffled me a bit. You know how when you add banana to anything – it tends to turn out fluffy and cakelike? Sort of like adding pumpkin to your favorite baked good?

Well.

I was adamant on making banana blondies that weren’t cake bars.

Here’s how I did it: the egg yolks and the brown sugar keep the bars a bit chewier. I only used two bananas so the cake texture didn’t take over the dessert. The result was a very slight cakey blondie, if you will. These aren’t super chewy like traditional blondies, however, they aren’t as cakey as these banana bread snack squares. They are the perfect blend of chewy and cakey bar. I’d say they lean more towards chewy.

And then.

THEN!

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The ganache. Chocolate peanut butter, to be exact. In case the title didn’t convey it. It’s simply a mish mash of some of my favorite things. Favorite thing number one: bananas with peanut butter. That’s been a go-to snack of mine since I was a kid. Favorite thing number two: chocolate with peanut butter. If you don’t like chocolate and peanut butter together, I don’t even know where to begin.

Eddie doesn’t really *get* the heavenly combination and neither does my dad. Which makes exactly zero sense to me.

Give me a jar of peanut butter, a bar of high-quality chocolate and a spoon as my weapon. Destruction will occur.

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The only thing as fabulous as those two combos is combining them together once more. Banana. Chocolate. Peanut butter.

And maybe bacon. I won’t even go there. (in public.)

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Banana Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache

Yield: makes 9 to 12 bars

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

chocolate peanut butter ganache
6 ounces milk, dark or semi-sweet (your choice) chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch with nonstick spray, layer it with parchment paper and give it another spray.

In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and egg yolks until smooth. Slowly stream in the butter while whisking until combined. Stir in the mashed bananas. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring until a thicker batter comes together. Pour the batter into the greased pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the bars seem set in the center and are golden in color. Remove and let cool slightly.

chocolate peanut butter ganache
Add the chocolate and peanut butter to a large bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it is hot but not boiling - just until bubbles form on the sides of the pan. Remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate and peanut butter. Allow it to sit for 1 to 2 minutes, then stir continuously until a ganache forms - this may take a full 5 minutes but keep stirring! Allow the ganache to cool for a few minutes before pouring it over the bars or serving it with a spoon.

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80 Responses to “Banana Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache.”

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    Jamie — March 21, 2014 @ 8:37 pm

    Ok, so I revamped your recipe to fit my diet needs and I have to share because they were amazing :)

    3/4 cup honey
    2 eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    1/4 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
    4 bananas, mashed
    1 1/2 cup brown rice flour
    1/3 cup potato starch
    1/3 cup tapioca starch
    1 tsp. xantham gum
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 tsp. salt
    Baked in a greased 9×13 cake pan and topped with your single recipe ganache.

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    • tish p — June 4th, 2014 @ 9:44 am

      I have to say I tried this recipe, came out more cake like than chewy but it was most certainly enjoyed in my household and job! Would def. be making this again, Have to say I was super iIntimidate by the word Ganache but it was the easiest thing I’ve ever made! Haha : ) Thank you for sharing this amazing num num

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    Ashley @ Snow Cream and Syrup — March 21, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    Well, I was going to type a comment to ask if you thought it could be made gluten free… but it appears the person above me is a few steps ahead :) These look delectable.

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    Medeja — March 22, 2014 @ 4:52 am

    Looks like that ganache makes delicious blondies even more delicious :)

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — March 22, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    Ummm probably my favorite combination of all time. These look uh-mazing.

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — March 22, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    I love this recipe, next time when I will be making banana bread for my children, I will make this recipe instead. Delicious! Pinned it!

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    Janice — March 22, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    Made these today. Didn’t have heavy cream, so I spread chocolate peanut butter on top instead. Super yummy!

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    Catherine @ foodiecology — March 22, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    Holy yum! I agree that banana + PB and chocolate + PB are the best combinations under the sun, so naturally, combining all 3 would be perfection. I have to try these!

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    Nicole @ Start With Four Walls — March 22, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    I think I just died. I want to put peanut butter ganache on everything now!

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    Avra-Sha Faohla — March 23, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    Yum! Definitely adding this to my list of things to bake!

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    Sora — March 23, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    You left out when to add the vanilla in your recipe instructions! Whoops!

    Also, “add the chocolate and peanut butter to a large bowl” — don’t you mean COMBINE them IN a large bowl? You can’t say “add” if there isn’t already something else in the bowl. ;)

    Anyway, this looks delicious and I am excited to try it.

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    Heather — March 23, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

    Okay…..SERIOUSLY! You couldn’t have come up with a better ratio for this recipe. The ONLY thing I did different was add a TAD bit more PB into the ganache, and OMG the stuff is ridiculously amazing. I mean, I couldn’t stop dipping spoonfuls of it from the bowl into my mouth amazing. The pan is half gone, and I pulled them from out of the oven less than an hour ago. This one is a keeper! Can’t wait to share this recipe and awesome treat with the rest of the family. From now on I’ll have to make two pans, one for us to devour and the other to share. Home Run on this one! Thanks, We L-O-V-E them!

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    Avra-Sha Faohla — March 23, 2014 @ 10:08 pm

    Hmm, my blondies came out very cakey, not chewy at all. They still taste delicious, though! But what could have gone wrong? The only ingredient I changed was use canola oil in place of the melted butter, but I don’t think that should have made such a difference. Any idea why it didn’t work out for me?

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    Marian — March 24, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    You had me at banana-peanut butter-chocolate. I loved the cake/blondies by itself, and the ganache by itself. Put it together–nom nom.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — March 25, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    I want to stick my face in these bars.

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    aida — March 27, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    I MADE THESE TODAY AND WHILE THEY WERE COOLING I MADE THE GANACHE OF COURSE I HAD TO TRY ONE WITH NO GANACHE AND THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS SO WHEN I POURED THE GANACHE OVER THEM AND TRIED ANOTHER ONE, WELL THEY WENT FROM DELICIOUS TO AMAZING…THANKS FOR A GREAT RECEIPE….

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    bev @ bevcooks — March 29, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    Oh hi, death just became me.

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    tina — March 31, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    Marian — April 7, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

    Loved this idea! But when I made them, the blondies just weren’t thick and chewy enough for me and the dear husband. I made a couple of adjustments, and love the new texture! I posted my revisions over on my blog. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Chelsay — April 10, 2014 @ 4:07 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have just made these and its the most heavenly thing I have ever tasted :)

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    Ashley — May 7, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

    Made tonight with a best friend and it was delicious!!

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    ami@naivecookcooks — June 4, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    I am a sucker for banana bread! These blondies are to die for!

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