Banana Jazz Bars

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What a weekend! I cannot believe that it went from mostly all snow melting to 1 foot of snow and all covered up!

Ryan spent enough time this morning shoveling snow in order for him to get to school on time and I spent an hour finishing the other part. I found out my gym was closed today due to the weather so I thought, what a better way to exercise? Wow, the snow was light but it was packed in! A foot of snow looks so different from a far, but all I can say that it is done!

My voice came back in time this past weekend in order for me sing with the Holland Chorale. It was a fantastic performance! I was working in increments, or at least my voice was, since I finally got my high notes back the day of performance. It is incredible the amount of warming up the voice needs after being sick and on vocal rest after 2 weeks.

I am just happy that I was finally able to sing. I learned so much about myself in the last week and a half. I love singing and I cannot do without it. I was told that I was not going to be able to sing or that I should not sing for the performance since I was dealing with a bit of laryngitis but it was pretty much cleared by.Saturday. Thank God! I was drinking ginger teas and lotd of warm beverages and slightly warming up my voice. All in all, I was super thankful to be able to contribute to the performance.

We finally arrived home after a couple of day and truly had a restful Sunday. Sometimes it is hard to realize that Sunday IS a day of rest so we actually rested. I prepared a bit for the week and decided to bake. There is nothing like baking after a week off. I have been mostly cooking lately and resting from all the baking but I noticed some dark bananas that called my name. I really had a hard time trying to think of something different to make with them.


I finally came around to a site called Omnomicon featuring Banana Split Blondies. They looked very intriguing and easy to veganize. While I decided to change the recipe around I made sure I read the comments to see if anyone had anything to say about the results. There were several people that let the author know that her recipe did not really come out like blondies. I was not dissuaded. I still wanted to see how they came out.

The result of my veganized and adapted version came out to be more like a cake, bar, and blondie,all in one, What is a person supposed to name a recipe that is a bit like the three? I asked some people on my Facebook page and got some funny responses. Cablondie? Blake? Cacophony bars? It was realy humorous.

I finally decided to go with Ryan’s suggestion, calling it a Banana Jazz Bar. It is a bar and it is jazzed up with crushed peanuts, lots of bananas, and my favorite, dark chocolate chips! These bars came out very moist and made the house smell delicious. Ryan said he loved the smell of baked goods with bananas. You will really need to try this! It is a keeper and different than your all-around banana bread. Enjoy!


Banana Jazz Bars

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makes 12 bars

½ cup Earth Balance margarine (1 stick), softened
⅔ cup palm sugar
⅓ cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 flax “egg” (1 Tbsp flax seed meal + 3 Tbsp water)
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips
½ cup chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a mixer, cream margarine and sugars, then add vanilla, mashed bananas and flax “egg”.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. Add to the banana mix and stir until well combined.

Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.

Spread into well-greased 9×13 glass pan. Bake 35 minutes, and allow to cool completely before cutting. Cut into 12 squares and enjoy with a glass of almond or coconut milk!

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  • ravienomnoms

    That is SO up my alley, delicious! I love banana.

  • Brandi

    I wish I didn’t always eat my bananas before I actually get to bake with them. I’d love to make these! They look fantastic!

  • Lauren

    Glad you are feeling better! When I saw the title of this post I immediately thought of ‘jazz hands’, haha :) Looks mighty tasty!

  • Wilde in the Kitchen

    Glad you’re feeling better but bummer about all the snow! We only got about 3 inches here in CT. Great looking bars, I love bananas!

  • Christina

    Oooo…I must try these! Maybe this upcoming weekend! :)

  • Jennifer

    These look yummy! And I love how you’ve used maple syrup and palm sugar instead of white sugar!

  • Sarah

    I’m so glad you are feeling better, Noelle!

    I have four overripe bananas sitting on the counter and I was just pondering what to do with them. I wanted something different than my traditional banana bread. Then I sat down at the computer and saw this post! I’m making them tonight. Yum! And thanks!

  • Sarah

    Oh my goodness, I just made these and they are terrific! I left out the peanuts because I don’t like nuts in my baked goods, and I didn’t have date sugar so just used one cup of regular sugar with the maple syrup. They are a tad sweet but sooooo yummy! Much better than regular banana bread!

  • Medeja

    These bars look delicious, beautiful and tempting :) really great recipe

  • Rochelle

    Glad to hear you got your voice back in time to perform!

    I also love these Banana Jazz Bars! I’ll have to give them a try 😀

  • Emily Malloy

    Ooo this looks to die for!

  • laurelvb

    mmm… Gluten free banana, chocolate chip, peanutty fudgy bar cookie cake thingamagummies here I come.

  • Junia

    i love vegan baked goods! :)

  • something good

    I hear so often about bananas and how they will go extinct that I’m in a frenzy of using them a lot in desserts :)). yours looks delicious! Congrats on top 9 on foodbuzz.

  • HiHoRosie

    congrats on your top 9 girlie! so awesome!

  • Dulce Dough

    Your recipe looks amazing! I just stuck 4 ripe bananas in my freezer until I find just the right recipe! I just may have to try this! Thanks for sharing and glad you are feeling better!

  • Monet

    These look so delicious. I love bars, and I love bananas :-) I’m so glad that you are feeling better too! Thank you for sharing such a tempting treat! I hope you are doing continuing to do well. Stay warm and enjoy the end of your week!


    Oooo, I love the idea of banana bars! Very tempting!

  • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Wish I had some of these to take on my road trip today! But truffles will do 😉 Btw, I like the name you picked!