Banana Blondies with Chocolate Crust

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Banana Blondies with Chocolate Crust
Source: New York Times

Makes about: 9×13 pan, or about 35 cookies, depending on how you cut
Prep time: 10 mins
Bake time: 45-55 mins

These were very sweet, very rich, and very buttery. They were really delicious, likely from the fact that it contains a TON of butter. The banana topping is especially rich because it’s got 1.5 sticks of browned butter goodness. This is also very easy to make!

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (1 1/4 cups), more for greasing pan
200 grams chocolate wafer cookies (to make about 3 cups crumbs), crushed into crumbs
55 grams light brown sugar (about 1/4 cup)
3 grams fine sea salt (about 1/2 teaspoon), plus a pinch
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs
455 grams dark brown sugar (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 tablespoons dark rum or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
130 grams all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
80 grams toasted walnuts, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375F and prepare 9×13’’ baking pan.
2. To make the crust: mix together the butter, chocolate cookie crumbs, brown sugar, and salt. Process in food processor until “damp sand.” Dump into pan, press to an even layer, and bake 7-10 minutes. Let cool.
3. Reduce oven to 350F.
4. Brown 12 tablespoons of butter (cook until foam subsides and butter turns a deep brown, 5 min). Let cool
5. Whisk together bananas, eggs, brown sugar, rum, and butter. Mix in flour, salt, walnuts. Pour over prepared crust
6. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Tropical Oatstacks

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Tropical Oatstacks
Source: The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman

Makes about: about 20 cookies, tablespoon scoop
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Bake time: 12-15 minutes

These cookies are crunchy and slightly crispy with a nice banana flavor. I enjoyed the difference in textures. There’s no added sugar in this cookie, so I’m not sure we can actually call it a cookie ☺ I imagine you could make it vegan by not using butter, and it’s already gluten-free!

4 tbsp unsalted butter
3 large ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c rolled oats
½ c chopped cashews or macadamias
1 c shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare baking pan by lining with parchment.
2. Melt butter.
3. Mash bananas in a large bowl (use your hands!). Mix in butter and vanilla.
4. Mix in oats, cashews, coconut, baking powder, and salt.
5. Scoop by tablespoons onto prepared pan.
6. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!

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Mrs. Hockmeyer’s Banana Bread

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Mrs. Hockmeyer’s Banana Bread
Source: Simply Recipes via Smitten Kitchen

This super moist banana loaf was almost completely devoured by the time I came to check back on it after letting it cool. I’ve been making banana bread for a long time, but this delicious loaf is definitely one of my new favorites. I added some cinnamon, but it should also be delicious without it. Plus, it’s super easy to make.

Makes about: 1 loaf
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Bake time: 60 minutes

4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup olive oil (or melted butter)
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ cups flour

Special equipment
1 loaf pan

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare loaf pan by greasing, or by lining with parchment paper.
2. Mash bananas. (Use your hands, a potato masher, or a blender).
3. Mix in oil, sugar, and egg.
4. Stir in vanilla, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Mix until just combined.
5. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Regular Banana Bread

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Regular Banana Bread

Makes about: 1 loaf
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 60 minutes

This easy recipe makes a nice banana bread, though it’s not the best I’ve found. It’s a good banana bread, but not quite as amazing moist as the Tartine version. (Note: I can’t find the original link for this banana bread, sadly, but it’s somewhere out there!)

1 cup sugar
½ cup oil
2 eggs
3 bananas
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt

Special equipment
Loaf pan

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line loaf pan with parchment paper.
2. Mash bananas. (Using your hands is fun!)
3. Mix bananas with eggs, oil, and milk.
4. Mix in sugar.
5. Stir in cinnamon, baking powder, soda, salt, and flour.
6. Pour into prepared pan.
7. Bake 50 min, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Banana Oatmeal Bread

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Banana Oatmeal Bread
Adapted from Allrecipes

This makes a moist and hearty loaf with plenty of banana flavor. The oats add a nice texture to the bread.

Makes about: 1 loaf
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 1 hour

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 mashed bananas
1/4 cup milk

Special equipment

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Mash bananas.
3. Mix in vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk.
4. Mix in brown sugar.
5. Stir in flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
6. Pour into prepared pan.
7. Bake for 1 hour, or until knife in the center comes out clean.

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Banana Bread from Tartine


Banana Bread from Tartine

Recipe from Tartine (Banana-Date Tea Cake, page 104)

This banana bread is super moist, with a crunchy and delectable topping. It’s also extremely easy to make and easy to double/triple/etc. What an excellent way to use up those extra-ripe bananas!

Makes about: 1 9×5 loaf, or 1 9×13 cake
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: ~1 hour
Total time: ~1+ hour


1 cup+2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
3 medium bananas
2 large eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
3/8 cup (6 tbsp) olive oil
¾ cup+2tbsp sugar
1 cup walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)

1 medium banana
2 tbsp sugar

special equipment
Just using a regular bowl, spatula, and measuring cups/spoons will suffice.


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 9×5 loaf pan (or 9×13 pan) with parchment paper.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl. You can do this with your hands (more fun!) or with a fork.
  3. Add eggs, oil, and sugar to bananas. Mix well.
  4. Add in vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Mix in cornstarch.
  6. Mix in flour. The batter should be smooth.
  7. Mix in optional nuts/chocolate.
  8. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake about 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.