Black and Gold Banana Bars are a delight in every bite. This crowd favorite is easy to make and take, perfect for socials, picnics and brown bag lunches.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups ripe bananas, mashed (about 3 bananas)
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup baking cocoa

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking pan.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir to blend. In a mixing bowl thoroughly cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix well.

Divide the batter, placing 1/2 into the medium bowl. Add the baking cocoa to one of the bowls of batter and mix well. Spread the batter with the cocoa into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Spoon the remaining bowl of batter on top. Drag a knife through the batters to swirl the colors a bit.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes; until light golden brown and a pick comes out clean.

Yield: 30 – 36 bars

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