Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Cake Bars

Thursday, October 1, 2015
No one ever tires of banana bread, banana cakebanana cream pie or desserts in our home.


I just love to give the banana cake a facelift every once in a while, this was one of them.


These coconut chocolate chip bars are amazing, just decadently amazing.


I can't stress enough that you can change a plain ordinary recipe into a gourmet bar with just a few toppings like this one.


Coconut and chocolate just compliment this banana cake and it needed nothing more.


These actually will become addicting to all coconut lovers out there, especially if you love the famous mounds bars.


I didn't add any nuts to this recipe, but will give you plenty alternative options for dressing up this ancient 1960 something recipe into a whole new one!!


Scroll down to the recipe card and start making one of the easiest and tastiest ways to use up those ugly bananas that are overripe and make the best cake ever!




this is a pan of banana cake topped with toasted coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan




Plain or All Decked Out?



These can frosted, plain, or all decked out with some suggestions below.


Mom loved them plain unfrosted just like dad wanted also.


We love them plain and it's what we grew up on, either way, these are the perfect dessert any time of the day.



one piece of banana cake topped with coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan




Sweets for the Sweet




My kids are lovers of coconut and chocolate and that was one of mom's favorite candy bars.


I just wished I thought about this combination while she was still alive, she would have gone crazy for these bars.


She would just love how the coconut toasted on top as these baked, you can add it to the batter also if you prefer.



plain banana  cake in a pan




Basic Banana Cake



This isn't anything special, just a plain ole banana cake, made from scratch with overripe bananas.


But guess what? I made this simple old fashioned scratch cake into a gourmet cake bar!


Just by adding some simple toppings, this bar will transform into so many new cake experiences!


A 1960s recipe made with the same ingredients, just with different toppings.


How easy is that?


If you love mounds bars and almond joys, this cake is an excellent choice of desserts with a moist banana cake and you can even add toasted almonds if you love nuts!



these are banana cake squares on a white dish with chocolate frosting on top







Ingredients Needed


  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • mashed banana
  • vanilla extract
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • Frosting
  • butter
  • cream cheese
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • unsweetened cocoa powder










this is a plain banana cake with a pot holder that is black on top of them cooling








Topping Suggestions


  • whole pecans or any chopped or sliced nuts
  • chocolate chips
  • coconut
  • dried fruits chopped
  • maraschino cherries
  • candy bars chopped
  • peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips or toffee chips
  • funfetti sprinkles
  • your favorite frosting, chocolate, vanilla, cream cheese







this is a pan of banana cake topped with coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan





Batter



If you have all the bananas mashed thoroughly, this batter doesn't need lots of mixing.


Just blend the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and evenly blend together.


Then top with the ingredients you prefer or fold them in gently.


Don't overbeat this batter it will become rubbery,


Also, test with a toothpick so you don't over bake it.





this is a pan of banana cake topped with coconut



Tips


  • Use overly ripe, black bananas (previously frozen are great) for moist bread and plenty of banana flavor and moist banana cake
  • Mash bananas with a mixer first, for the best results
  • Soften the butter first for an evenly blended batter
  • Use parchment paper for easy release or a heavily greased pan
  • Any types of toppings are delicious on this cake or leave it plain for those who aren't fond of sugar





this is a pan of banana cake topped with coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan



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this is a pan of banana cake topped with coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan





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this is a pan of banana cake topped with coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan




Potluck? Dinner Parties?



Yes and yes to both, perfect for potlucks, dinner parties, get-togethers, game day desserts.


Trust me on this one the guys and gals love these bars, the kids will go nuts over them and you will be so glad


you made these coconut chocolate chip banana cake bars.


Psst, print off the recipe and pass it around, they're going to ask you for it, isn't vintage recipes the best?







this is a pan of banana cake topped with coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan

Frosted Banana Cakes

Yield: 25
Author:
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 45 M
This is a basic banana cake made from scratch and simple pantry ingredients, Very versatile with additions like chocolate chips, coconut, chopped dried fruits, nuts and so much more!

ingredients:

  • Banana Cake
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1 cup of  pecans or any chopped nuts,, chocolate chips, coconut or combination of any of these suggestions, dried fruits chopped,, maraschino cherries, candy bars chopped, peanut butter chips, you can also use assorted colored funfetti sprinkles on top
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolate frosting
  • Cream together till smooth in mixing bowl. Spread over cooled cake squares.
  • Top with whole pecans. Makes 3 dozen.

instructions:

How to cook Frosted Banana Cakes

  1. Cake Instructions
  2. Cream sugar and butter together, beating around 3 to 4 minutes. 
  3. Beat in eggs and banana's along with flavoring.
  4.  Mix until blended evenly.  Fold in any optional ingredient toppings or just sprinkle them on the top of the batter.
  5. Pour into a parchment-lined baking pan,15x10 inch x 1-inch baking pan. 
  6. Bake at 350 degrees till brown and set around 25  to 35 minutes. Cool completely.
  7. Cut into squares and frost.
Calories
275
Fat (grams)
26
Sat. Fat (grams)
16
Carbs (grams)
22
Net carbs
16
Sugar (grams)
22
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this is a pan of banana cake topped with coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan




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this is a pan of banana cake topped with coconut and chocolate chips in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper there are bananas in the background and pot holder on the pan


7 comments

  1. You made it looks tasty ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

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  2. by only looking at the pix, i can tell how moist and delicious the cakes are!

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  3. I think I just died because that cake looks awesome! I'm totally digging the frosting

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  4. My son would so love this!!!

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  5. This cake looks so yummy! I wish I could have a slice right now-

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  6. beautiful cake:) I love banana nut bread. But yours looks much better.

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