Bonus Post: Banana Cherry Pistachio Squares

I’m fairly certain the story of Goldilocks could have been told with bananas instead of porridge: too green, too brown, it’s hard to catch them when they’re just right. Recently, we missed the “just-right window” and ended up with a bunch of overripe bananas.


As a banana lover, I found the situation disappointing. As a baker, I took it as a challenge! Having previously made vegan orange tea banana bread, I took this opportunity to be creative and came up with these fabulous Banana Cherry Pistachio Squares.


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  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine the cherries and apple juice in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high for 1 minute, and set aside.
  • Combine pistachios, chocolate chips, and 2 tablespoons flour in a small bowl; set aside.


  • Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat sugars and butter until well blended. Add banana, buttermilk, vanilla, and egg whites, mixing well.
  • Add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in cherries and pistachios and chocolate chips.


  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.


This recipe was inspired by Monkey Bars in the October 2011 issue of Cooking Light.   


6 responses

  1. Normally when I see bananas at that stage, I look the other way. :-) Having tasted these squares, though, that will no longer be the case. They were soft chewy, and flavorful!

  2. Ah! I finally have a recipe for the ripe bananas in my freezer. The combination of pistachios, dried cherries and chocolate chips really sound delicious and look so moist.

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