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PB&Banana Chocolate Chip Bars and a Whole Hog

February 20, 2011

Saturday night, our friend at BarbecueH threw a Whole Hog party. He just built a really sweet pit in his backyard and what’s better to break in a brand new pit than an entire 80lbs hog and inviting a lot of friends over to eat it?

Those of us not in charge of lugging a giant pig carcass through a bathtub brine and basting it for 10.5 hours over a fire were kindly asked to bring a side or dessert. I was originally going to make PB Chocolate Chip Bars, because I couldn’t make it to the store and I thought I had all of the ingredients. As it turns out, I didn’t have any eggs.  I decided instead to experiment with a banana in place of the egg in the recipe. Thus, the PB&Banana Chocolate Chip Bar was born (maybe the Elivs Bar?).

PB&Banana Chocolate Chip Bars:

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

6 Tbsp melted butter

1/2 cup Peanut Butter

1 mashed banana

1 tsp vanilla

1cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl mix flours, sugars, salt and baking soda together. Make a well in the center and add melted butter, PB, banana and vanilla. Stir until there are no lumps, then fold in chocolate chips. pour into a greased 9×9 pan and bake for 35 minutes. Let cool before cutting. I put them in the fridge to harden a little before I cut them into squares.

Great success! The bars were like moist banana-y PB cookies. I definitely recommend them, and they are most likely becoming my new potluck go-to dessert dish. Yum. Plus, what can go wrong with PB and Banana? Yeh, I don’t know either.

The pig was also really great! They brought it in from the backyard and set it right on the kitchen table where we descended on it with utmost excitement. They pulled meat off of it for about an hour, and we just kept going back for more. Food coma ensued.

I think this is going to happen on a more regular basis.

Enjoy!

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