Chocolate Chip Banana Snack Cake {Secret Recipe Club}

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Chocolate Chip Banana Snack Cake

Say what? Didn’t I just do a Secret Recipe Club post last week? Well yes. Yes I did. But there was an “orphan” in my group, so I am making one of her recipes too.

I actually just had Sara at Cupcake Muffin as my assigned blogger in November, when I made Lemon and White Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins. She is a grad student at UC Berkeley and has a gigantic recipe index, which is very fun! I clicked through a bunch of recipes – and had to laugh when out of all of them I clicked on Cranberry Lemon Quick Bread with Pecans. Doesn’t that sounds good? Well it was her recipe modification when she had my blog for SRC! Ha.

Although many of the entrees look enticing, I really didn’t need to make a dinner (the whole dining hall thing), so I let the ripe bananas on my counter decide for me. Sara’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bars sounded tasty, so that’s what I made.

Now Sara said hers turned out more of the texture of a cookie or cookie bar. Mine were definitely cakey – Mr. V said it was basically banana bread cut into squares. I disagreed; it wasn’t super moist as banana bread usually is, to the point of falling apart. The only changes I made to the recipe were cutting back on the sugar and amount of chocolate chips and using brown sugar instead of white. So not sure what happened, but we enjoyed this as a “snack cake,” a cake without icing, if you will.

Mr. V took all but one piece (that we sampled) down the dorm boys and he said they inhaled it in about five minutes. So I will say it was a success! Thanks, Sara, for the great new recipe for my arsenal.

Chocolate Chip Banana Snack Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 20 small squares

Chocolate Chip Banana Snack Cake


  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 c. mini or regular chocolate chips


Preheat oven for 350.

With a stand mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time with mixer on medium speed. Add vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Mix half the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Add bananas and mix, then mix in rest of the flour. By hand, stir in chocolate chips.

Spread in a greased 9x13 pan with a rubber spatula, trying to smooth evenly.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Let cool before cutting into squares.

18 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Banana Snack Cake {Secret Recipe Club}

    • Yes! I know my kids will love it for afternoon snack and yet think it’s a big treat because of the chocolate chips. And cutting back on the sugar makes me feel slightly better about feeding it to them. 🙂

  1. Oh my gosh, I just pinned this. I love a good snack-cake, I love banana breads/cakes and chocolate chips? Hello?? Yes please! Awesome of you to rescue the orphan, too – so happy to have you posting in B-week 😉

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