it is not an uncommon occurrence for me to wind up with past-their-prime bananas. you know what i mean–so many brown spots that you can hardly see the yellow anymore, mushy spots everywhere, and so on. now, i usually think of this as a good thing, because it just means that i am constantly blessed with perfect baking bananas.
the problem is, i get tired of making the same thing over and over again. and aside from banana bread, banana muffins, and banana chocolate chip cake, how many uses for overripe bananas are there? so recently, when i had some way too ripe bananas, i was kind of at a loss for what to do with them. until i came across a recipe for some very brownie-like chocolate banana cake. i thought that combining brownies with bananas sounded like a great idea, so i took the idea and ran with it.
the result was excellent. these brownies were fudgy, chocolatey, and dense, just as any good brownie should be. but on top of that, they tasted like they had been fused with the best banana bread ever. i can’t decide which was the predominant flavor–brownie or banana–but either way, the balance was perfect. and the walnuts added a perfectly nutty crunch to bring everything together. so, this recipe accomplished two very important things: it gave me a new use for overripe bananas, and spiced up my brownie repertoire. it was a total win.
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- ½ cup earth balance (or butter), melted
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- in a large bowl, combine the bananas, earth balance, eggs, and vanilla. stir in the brown sugar. add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt and stir until everything is just combined. fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
- pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake it in the oven for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs on it.
- let the brownies cool completely in the pan before removing and slicing them.