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Nutella Banana Bars

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 baking recipes.

I think you’ll love how versatile this recipe really is, going from coffee cake to dessert depending on your needs.

RECIPE: Nutella Banana Bars

Serves 12

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

● 2 bananas, very ripe

● 1 large egg

● 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

● 1 box golden butter or yellow cake mix

● 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

● ¼ cup Nutella

Instructions

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 sticky.

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.

Image via Karly Campbell

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