Wednesday, 11 June 2014

funky monkey bars

Mmmmhh...Funky Monkey Bars.

Now these are definitely one of our classic family recipes.  My mom cut the original recipe out of a magazine over 20 years ago....and it has stood the test of time!  You start with fudgey brownies (that have to be made from a box....otherwise they just will not work!), and then top it with peanuts, more chocolate, and a drizzle of honey and peanut butter.

These make a mess when you eat them...and they're totally worth it.

And a hilarious story about these....they were originally called Chunky Monkey Bars.  Somewhere along the line, someone started calling them "Funky" Monkey Bars, and the name just stuck!  Seriously though, I have no idea what monkeys have to do with any of it!

Funky Monkey Bars

1 Brownie mix
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1/4 cup of water
1 egg

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanuts

1)  Don't follow the directions on the box!  Instead, place the mix in a large bowl and add the oil, water, and egg.  Mix just until moist.  
2)  Spread in a greased 9x13 pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
3)  While the bottom layer is baking, heat up your honey and peanut butter and stir together.  
4)  Immediately after removing brownies from the oven, sprinkle them with chocolate chips and peanuts.  
5)  Drizzle honey and peanut butter mixture over everything.
Cool before cutting.  Keep refrigerated!

**These take a long time to cool (as in, more than an hour), so you'll want to make them well in advance of serving them!

If you don't like super sweet desserts, then these probably aren't for you!  They really are pretty be warned!  Or feel free to leave out the chocolate chips on top, and let the saltiness of the peanuts help balance out the flavors.  Sweet and salty.  Is there anything better?

p.s.   kelsey & jordyn


  1. Mmmmm, I needed a good picnic bar for tonight, and these look golden!

  2. ugh. now i'm craving brownies, big time.
    (also can i just say that these photos are so fabulous! like, they are just amazing.)

    1. muahaha! mission accomplished ;)
      and thank you so much marcia!

  3. YUMMMY...i can use the gluten free mix and work this same magic!

  4. I love your food photographs! Any suggestions about camera settings for a newbie like myself?

    1. thanks so much caitlin!
      I use a nikon 35mm 1.8 lens for nearly all my food posts, which is super affordable, and just plain amazing! natural light is your best friend! and most importantly, practice, practice practice!! the joy of digital cameras is being able to take a million photos at no cost ;) I find it helpful to take photos from all sorts of angles and distances to see what looks best.
      good luck!!

  5. oh my word. those look SO amazing. i love the image of the recipe all typed up too -- so cute.


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