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About 5 minutes from our home is Morning Glory Farm, known as the family farm that feeds the island. And it sure does; from families stocking up on their fresh produce, young adults grabbing a smoothie or coffee early in the morning, and restaurants stopping by to see what’s in season to put on their menus, Morning Glory Farm caters to everyone on the island.
So what do these Monkey Bars have to do with Morning Glory Farm? Well, not only are they in their cookbook, which I love, but during the summer when our chef steps out to visit Morning Glory Farm and grab some last minute ingredients, 9 out of 10 times he brings back monkey bars for the kitchen staff. He places them on my station and I’m in charge of grabbing a plate, cutting the bars into smaller pieces, placing napkins and a stack of small plates so everyone can grab a piece (while keeping the kitchen free of crumbs!)
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These monkey bars are chewy, chocolate-studded, and so so moist thanks to the fresh bananas! The recipe below is adapted – I wanted to make it a little healthier so I swapped most of the flour for whole wheat flour and added a few extracts to boost up the flavor! Make sure to check out Morning Glory Farm online and even better, if you’re on island, be sure to visit them! Grab a copy of their cookbook on Amazon as well.

Morning Glory's Monkey Bars

Adapted from Morning Glory Farm's cookbook, "Morning Glory Farm, and the Family that Feeds an Island" by Tim Dunlop, this is the perfect recipe when you're craving a delicious sweet treat!
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:35 minutes


  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 medium-sized bananas mashed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes
  • demerara sugar to top


  • Heat oven to 350F and grease an 8 x 8 inch square pan. Set aside.
  • Using a mixer and paddle attachment, cream butter, egg, sugar, bananas, salt and extracts together until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together both flours and baking powder. Fold in chocolate chips and coconut.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Batter will be thick and spreadable.
  • Spread into greased pan and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until done.

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  1. That’s a boss you definitely want to hang on to! These look amazing. I love that they use bananas. My boyfriend is always looking to make desserts a little healthier. This is perfect!

  2. I just love the name, but I know I would love the bars too!!! They look fabulous, Hugs, Terra

  3. It just makes me happy to find another recipe to use those bananas. I love having variety & not always going with the easy banana bread all the time. These look great!