Espresso Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
If you live in the Brooklyn area of New York City, or if you traveled there in the past few years, maybe you have heard of “Baked”? Or maybe you have never been there at all, but you have heard of it because you have seen this (formerly small, little) bakery featured in Oprah magazine, People magazine, the Food Network, the Martha Stewart Show… well you get the idea. The bakery was started by two men who had spent several years in the advertising world before leaving their “day jobs” to pursue their our business.
The recipes they have created are a combination of old traditional with new, trendsetting ideas. In addition to running their bakery they have also published two cookbooks with deliciously “baked” recipes. A recipe for Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins is found in the cookbook “Baked: New Frontiers in Baking” available now at Amazon.com.
Muffins are a great grab-and-go type of food, but my fiance and I like small bars for breakfast, snacks and desserts so I converted this into a bar recipe. Delicious!
1 1/2 cups Mashed, Ripe Bananas (~4)
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cups Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, Melted
1/4 cup whole milk (I used 2%)
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Instant Espresso Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup (6 ounces) Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Walnuts, Chopped (my addition, not in original recipe)
Stir together bananas, sugars, butter, milk and egg. In another bowl whisk the flour, espresso powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts, if desired.
Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray (or a 9″ square baking pan for bars). Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes for muffins or 30-35 minutes for bars, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
*** Instant espresso powder may not be available at your local grocery store. Although “instant espresso powder” is not the same as “instant coffee powder” (espresso is actually stronger than coffee) but I do use instant coffee powder instead of espresso powder just because it is easier to find!