Banana Chocolate Coconut Blondies “Monkey Bars”

I have dubbed this recipe, “Monkey Bars,” because Jude, my little monkey, loves them. Not to mention that he acted like a monkey while I was making them. He has claimed ownership over mommy’s onions and throws them at every opportunity. I had just swept the floor, but decided that it was best to let him have his fun so I could cook. After he went to bed, I found an onion in his toy basket. I may have to start counting them. I am sure there is a lost onion in my living room somewhere. My belly has gotten too big for me to check under couches.

banana choco coconut blondie Banana Chocolate Coconut Blondies Monkey Bars


1/4 cup butter for mixing

2-3 Tablespoons melted butter for topping

1 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar for topping

2/3 cup shredded coconut for mixing

1/4 cup shredded coconut for topping

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips for mixing

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips for topping

1 cup ripe, mashed bananas

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup Pamela’s Baking Mix (or other gluten-free flour combination with leavening)

1 egg


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking pan. Mix 1/4 cup softened butter with the brown sugar until combined. Add the egg, mashed bananas, and vanilla. Add the Baking Mix. Stir in 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2/3 cup of shredded coconut. Pour in the prepared baking pan. Combine shredded coconut, melted butter, and sugar; sprinkle over top. Spread about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the top. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes about 16 bars.

*Bar cookies may be stored, tightly covered, in the pan in which they were baked.

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11 Responses to “Banana Chocolate Coconut Blondies “Monkey Bars””

  1. OH MY these look REALLY good! I actually have some coconut. I was going to make coconut macadamia cookies with them….but I’m thinking I’ll put a banana in the fridge and make it ripe enough. MMMMMM….


  2. Monkey bars aren’t just for swinging on…yum yum yummy! HUGS

  3. Yum!!!

    Don’t I wish I could pop over and taste one! My sweet tooth has been going crazy lately..all I want to do is bake!

  4. Me too!

  5. These look so gosh darn good I may have to end my “no sugar” kick that I’ve been on for a whole month! YUM!

    And thanks for the note on my blog!


  6. How dare you compare my grandson to a monkey!
    Poor little monkeys!

  7. UGH! I don’t have a premade flour mix!!!!! How much levening do you think i’d need??? Baking powder or soda? AHHHHHH!!!!!!

    :) Sorry…was hoping to bake these for tonight (even though on my sprained ankle hubby will kill me for standing and baking). I need a treat and I was going to make them over the weekend, but had an unforseen accident. BWAAAAAA!!!!

    Can you make me some and ship em over????

    LOL :D

  8. [...] was inspired by the wonderful Monkey Bars recipe from Gluten-Free Mommy. My adaptation of her recipe has added cocoa, removed the dairy, and [...]

  9. This is a great little invention.
    I’ve had it bookmarked for months but just got around to trying it last night.
    I cut back on the sugar a little by using only 1/2 c. brown sugar plus 1/4 c. white sugar.
    I loved the part about the onions, too.

  10. Nina-
    Thanks for commenting! Glad to know it works with less sugar! And it is much easier to find the onions now that I am not pregnant. :)

  11. Natalie,

    Made these and took them to my dinner group last night. None of them are gluten free eaters but they all loved them and some had seconds. Thanks again,

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