I’m a big fan of kitchen hacks.
Making my life easier in the kitchen is something that I’ve gotten better at
over the years. I’m happy to start dinner with a bag of pre-chopped veggies so
that I don’t have to dirty a knife and a cutting board. I don’t care how much
better homemade taco seasoning tastes because the packet saves time. And
doctoring up cake mixes into amazing treats is basically my life’s mission.
This time around I thought I’d
share a doctored up cake mix recipe! No worries, though. This won’t taste a bit
like a boxed mix by the time we’re through with it!
And these cake bars are packed with all
of those banana rejects that your kids refuse to eat because they’ve turned
brown. You have fruit bowls full of those too, right? Well, the extra ripe bananas
are perfect for baking.
The Nutella swirls on the top of
these banana bars just add the perfect touch. If we smothered these in frosting
you’d feel bad about eating them for breakfast or at snack time, but since
we’re just swirling in a bit of Nutella, you can eat them at anytime of the
day. That’s just good logic, guys.
Swap in hot fudge sauce for the
Nutella if you’re dealing with a nut allergy (always assuming you have a
nut-free hot fudge sauce!). It works great as a Nutella replacement in a lot of
I think you’ll love how versatile
this recipe really is, going from coffee cake to dessert depending on your
Nutella Banana Bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
● 2 bananas,
● 1 large egg
● 1/2 cup
unsalted butter, melted
● 1 box
golden butter or yellow cake mix
● 1 teaspoon
● ¼ cup
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray
a 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, beat the bananas with
a whisk until mashed and creamy.
3. Stir in the egg, butter, dry cake mix,
and cinnamon until fully combined. The batter will be somewhat thick and
4. Use a rubber spatula to spread the
batter evenly into the prepared pan.
5. Drop small spoonfuls of Nutella over
the batter and use a knife to swirl it into the batter.
6. Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges
are beginning to brown and the center is set. Cool on a wire rack.