Banana Bread Brownies recipe

Banana Bread Brownies recipe

Banana Bread Brownies recipe
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nutritional information
Servings: 16
amount per serving
% Daily Value*
6g8th %
Saturated Fat 4g20%
23 mg8th %
222 mg10%
dietary fiber 2g6%
Total sugar 14g
Vitamin C 3 mg13%
Calcium 11 mg1 %
Iron 2 mg9%
Potassium 150 mg3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.

(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is the customizable banana bread recipe of your dreams. There are countless ways to make it your own; with or without added nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, chocolate frosting on top, peanut butter frosting, candied pecans, a dash of tahini, or you can even add bacon. The banana bread craze of the early days of the pandemic may be over, but there's no reason why you shouldn't make this recipe to share with your family or to eat yourself. These brownies lean towards the cakey side while still retaining the delicious, juicy impact of your favorite brownie recipe.

This would be a great recipe to prep for the kids' lunches, for picnics, or as a late night treat to enjoy all by itself with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The coconut oil offers a dynamic alternative flavor to the traditional vegetable oil, and the combination of brown sugar and honey makes this banana bread brownie unique and decadent.

“Looking for something related to your ripe bananas that isn't up to the norm? This recipe has it all: rich and fluffy brownies. The fruitiness of the banana strikes the balance of not being too sweet, but full of chocolate flavor.” – Tracy Wilk

  • 1/4 Cup melted coconut oil, more for the pan

  • 1 Cup all purpose flour

  • 1/2 Cup cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon Salt

  • 4 Middle ripe bananas, divided

  • 1/4 Cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/4 Cup Honey

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • flaky sea salt, for garnish, optional

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Place a wire rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with melted coconut oil. Line with parchment (the paper should overlap at least 1 inch on two opposite sides of the pan). Generously grease the parchment paper with melted coconut oil.

    The spruce eats / Julia Hartbeck

  3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

    The spruce eats / Julia Hartbeck

  4. In a large bowl, mash three of the bananas.

    The spruce eats / Julia Hartbeck

  5. Add 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, dark brown sugar, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Stir for about 2 minutes until well combined.

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  6. Using a silicone spatula, fold the flour mixture into the banana mixture, occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl until well combined.

    The spruce eats / Julia Hartbeck

  7. Fold in the chocolate chips.

    The spruce eats / Julia Hartbeck

  8. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared casserole dish. Garnish lightly with sea salt flakes if desired.

    The spruce eats / Julia Hartbeck

  9. Cut the remaining banana in half lengthwise, place cut-side up on top of the brownie batter and gently press into the mixture.

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  10. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, until dough is puffed in spots and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Place the pan on a rack for about 30 minutes and allow to cool to room temperature.

    The spruce eats / Julia Hartbeck

  11. Lift the parchment liner to remove the brownies from the pan. Place on a cutting board, cut into 16 equal pieces and serve.

    The spruce eats / Julia Hartbeck

Make ice cream sandwiches out of these brownies

A great idea is to make a batch and cut it into nine equal portions, then cut each brownie in half and top with banana ice cream for a delicious ice cream sandwich. Wrap each ice cream sandwich tightly in plastic wrap, then store in a freezer bag for a fun, albeit messy, afternoon snack for kids and friends.

recipe variations

Some ingredients that could be added to the batter are nuts, chocolate, or butterscotch chips.

Garnish with chocolate or peanut butter topping, candied pecans, a drizzle of tahini or bacon.

How to store or freeze it

These brownies can easily be stored on the countertop in an airtight container for up to a week. Or wrap them tightly in parchment paper and store in a freezer bag in the freezer. Just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to enjoy them warm.

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