Banana Blondies with Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache

I have to be honest….at first,  this recipe didn’t exactly grab my attention.

IMG_3331 I’m a major chocolate girl. As in, if there are brownies and blondies, I’m choosing brownies. Every. Single. Time.

IMG_3332However, after further investigation, I realized it is true; you cannot judge a book by it’s cover, because these are actually more of a recreation of one of my favorite things ever.

I will admit, basically everything I learned about cooking and baking came from my mom. One of the many memories of my mom baking was making banana bread, and not just any banana bread; it always had chocolate chips in it!

IMG_3345My dad was such a fan of her banana bread that we would have to hide it from him so he wouldn’t put down half a loaf in one day (shh, don’t tell him we did that).

IMG_3349These blondies also throw in a little curveball with the addition of peanut butter; which my mom’s bread never had. But I’m not mad at a little peanut butter, and I hope you aren’t either. I’m not sure I could trust you if you were.

There is also not a shortage of ganache for these babies. Enjoy!

Banana Blondies with Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache
Recipe type: Dessert
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Banana Bread is made in the form of blondies, with the addition of chocolate ganache and peanut butter.
  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces milk, dark or semi-sweet (your choice) chocolate, chopped
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8-inch with nonstick spray, layer it with parchment paper and give it another spray.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and egg yolks until smooth. Slowly stream in the butter while whisking until combined. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring until a thicker batter comes together. Pour the batter into the greased pan.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the bars seem set in the center and are golden in color. Remove and let cool slightly.
  5. Add the chocolate and peanut butter to a large bowl.
  6. Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it is hot but not boiling - just until bubbles form on the sides of the pan.
  7. Remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate and peanut butter. Allow it to sit for 1 to 2 minutes, then stir continuously until a ganache forms - this may take a full 5 minutes but keep stirring!
  8. Allow the ganache to cool for a few minutes before pouring it over the bars or serving it with a spoon.


IMG_3352Adapted from How Sweet Eats.

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