Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Banana Brownies

It all started with a little banana. I don't really eat bananas much, especially since I went to India and ate real bananas. They just don't taste good here. Plus, there's a lot I don't agree with in the banana industry. But somehow, one day a couple weeks ago I decided it would be a good idea to take one from the dining hall. After all, smoothies taste so much better with bananas. But, alas, this poor little banana got forgotten on my counter. So tonight, I decided to do something about that. Naturally, my mind went straight to banana bread, but I don't have a bread pan (still - how have I survived??).  So of course I went straight to brownies. They were good, and completely satisfied my chocolate cravings, but definitely tasted "healthy." Here's the recipe I (very) loosely based mine off of, if you want actual brownies instead of brownies you can pretend are good for you.

and here's mine:

Banana Brownies

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or butter, softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • ~1/4 cup pumpkin puree (depending on how big the banana is)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I added unsweetened coconut instead since I ate the last of my chocolate chips plain earlier today - oops)
  • I also added a couple scoops of this chocolate flavored green 'superfood' powder I have, since I don't really like it on its own.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine flours, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

Beat oil and sugar. Add mashed banana, pumpkin, and vanilla. Beat until combined.

Add flour mixture and mix until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, or whatever add-ins you desire.  My badder was a little dry, so I added a few tablespoons of vanilla soymilk.

Press into a lightly greased 8x8 baking pan.  It probably won't fill the whole pan, but it stays together so just spread it about 1 1/2 inches thick. A bread pan would also be about the right size (but then you might as well just make banana bread).

Bake for about 12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out semi-clean. Cool before cutting into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

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