Friday, October 7, 2011

Monkey Bars

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup raw (turbinado) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.

In mixer bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in eggs and banana. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and gradually add into mixing bowl until well blended. Pour into baking pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Frosting:
4 TBSP softened butter
1/2-2 c powdered sugar
1/4-1 c creamy peanut butter

In a medium bowl, whisk the butter and 1/2 c. sugar until it resembles..... frosting. You may need to keep adding a little sugar at a time until it comes to the right consistency, and you have to put a strong fast whisk into it (or cheat and use the Kitchenaid with the whisk attachment).

Once the butter/sugar is frostified, add in 1/4 peanut butter and whisk it in to incorporate. Keep adding until it has the taste that you want, if it gets too soft add a little sugar at a time until its stiff and holds it shape.

Frost the bars and cut into squares.

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