Moist and Delicious
When I made the wise decision to switch from bananas to strawberries for my Strawberry Cream Pie, I was left with a lot of bananas. I could have made a Banana Bread with Pecans, or two, but thought it would be fun to try something new.
I love frozen chocolate covered bananas. Therefore, I decided to combine these two flavors and bake a batch of Banana Chocolate Brownies.
I wasn’t sure how the recipe would work since I had not tried anything similar to this before. I was a tad concerned when the batter was a bit thick before adding the smashed bananas, but realized quickly how helpful the bananas would be to insuring a moist brownie. The chocolate chips are a nice addition to the overall texture of the brownies.
Originally I baked the brownies in an 8” x 8” pan, but the brownies were so gigantic that it was difficult to take a bite out of them, unless one has a really big mouth. Rather than challenge my friends to a “who has the biggest mouth” contest, I switched to a 9” x 13” pan and, voila, the brownies are the perfect size for everyone’s mouth.
Trust me, I know this for a fact. I took a batch to a meeting the other day and watched a friend enjoy brownie after brownie after brownie. Each bite fit in her mouth perfectly! By the way, I consider this to be a definition of a true friend…one who keeps on eating something delicious in front of a big crowd. Not to worry, she even shared a few with others.
|Banana Chocolate Brownies
- 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 3 ripe bananas
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- confectioners sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 300°. Grease a 9” x 13” pan and set aside.
- Melt butter and unsweetened chocolate together, either in the microwave or on the stove. Set aside.
- Mash bananas together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside.
- Place eggs, sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat for a couple of minutes. Add ½ of the dry ingredients, followed by the butter/chocolate and then the remaining dry ingredients, scraping the bowl down in between additions. The mixture will be fairly thick at this time.
- Add bananas and vanilla. Lastly, mix in the chocolate chips.
- Transfer the batter to the greased pan. Bake in the middle of a 300° oven for 40 minutes, rotating the pan front to back halfway through.
- Cool completely on a cooling rack. Cut into individual brownies and dust with confectioners sugar.