So I’m sick competitive. Doesn’t take much therapy (like one session: Awww Dad, you were the arm-chair star) to come to that deeply insightful and utterly useless understanding. I grew up in a house full of rambunctious, close-in-age girls with a young and distracted (read selfishly immature) workaholic father at the helm. Turns out, estrogen, teen hysteria and neglect make for close (and character building) quarters. In a story book environment like that, what little girl doesn’t crave some validation from dear old Dad? Well, the only way to get it was to stand out from the blurry pack of blond and beat the crap out of someone in sports, academics or artistic ability. Picture Hunger Games meets suburban Saturday soccer…”Look, Daddy! Girl down AND a yellow card…will you LOVE ME NOW!!??” Repeat infighting with report cards and uncomfortably ambitious talent show performances.
So now I’m an adult. Shit. And a Mom. Double Shit. All my angst and neurosis mostly suppressed…but occasionally spilling over to…bake sales. Bring IT, Bitch…Oh it’s Brought! With this heavenly Banana Marble Chocolate Chip Bar. A little cake, a lot bar. The banana makes it wonderfully moist while the chocolate gives it rich structure. Best in Show, Your Daddy Really Loves You, I WIN, good bars. To the victor go the spoils…in the payment of tragic Karma …can’t wait for my girls to beautifully tie-in all my parental failings with baked up batches of kick-ass brownies.
Banana Marble Chocolate Chip Bars
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla and bananas and beat well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add this to the creamed mixture and mix well. Divide batter in half. Add the cocoa powder to half, blend well and spread into the prepared pan. Spoon the remaining batter on top and swirl with a knife.
Sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes or until the bars test done. Cool completely before cutting.