There is nothing better than brownies to cheer you up on a rainy monday, but when you add bananas to a chocolatey brownie, something amazing happens making you forget about that hidieous day. They just add that extra umph (if you know the correct way to spell umph, please let us know)! We all know how big a smile you get when you take that first bite of a brownie, and on that rainy monday, we really felt we needed some comfort!
Go Bananas For Brownies
We know that everyone loves the classic banana bread, so when we came across this recipe, we knew it would be a favourite. These warm, dense and delicious brownies are a perfect family treat. Another great addition to an otherwise fabulous recipe, would be to add walnuts. We didn't in our recipe because our brother has an allergy, but the crunch of the walnut would make it a supurb brownie! If you have any extra bananas after making the recipe, be sure to wrap them in foil and toss them in the freezer for the next time you make these awesome brownies!
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups very ripe bananas, mashed (about 3-4 bananas)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 3/4 cups unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsley chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Grease a 9-inch X 9-inch baking pan with butter. Dust with flour and tap out the excess. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat an set aside to cool.
3. In another bowl, mix vanilla and sugar into the mashed bananas with a fork. Add the beaten eggs and continue mixing until everything is well combined.
4. Measure the flour and salt and sift together directly into the banana batter and mix until well combined. If desired, stir in the walnuts.
5. Using a spatula, fold in two-thirds of the cooled chocolate mixture until it is just incorporated. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan and drizzle the reminder of the chocolate mixture on the top. Move the spatula in and through the batter to create streaks of chocolate.
6. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with only crumbs, not batter, on it.
7. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack for 1 hour. Cut just before serving.
MAKES ABOUT 12-16 BROWNIES