Why, oh why has it never occurred to me to combine banana bread and brownies before?
Because, boy did it occur to me yesterday. And an entire pan of brownies is already gone, 24 hours later.
So it may actually be a good thing I’ve never thought of this before. But I ran three miles yesterday and went to Zumba today, so I think I’m allowed to eat a few brownies. And it’s Fritz’s spring break, so he has to have some extra treats. And Henry. Well, he definitely licked a few dishes in the sink clean before we caught him and banished him to the bedroom.
Banana Nut Brownies
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 egg
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1/3 C vegetable oil
- 1 C sugar
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 C walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350. To make these as easy as possible, I just combined the wet ingredients (bananas, egg, vanilla, and vegetable oil) until mixed. I left a few banana chunks, but nothing crazy. Oh, and I used vegetable oil since I was totally out of butter (oops!); you could probably swap butter with no problem–I might go up to half a cup if I used butter.
Add the dry ingredients (sugar, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, and flour). Be careful not to overmix–you don’t want a bread consistency here.
And top off with chocolate chips and walnuts. The batter (if you can call it that) should be very thick and sticky.
Grease a small 8×8 square pan, and spread the brownie batter out evenly, pushing it into the corners.
Bake on the middle rack until cooked through, about 20-30 minutes. My brownies went from looking incredibly raw to fully baked in what felt like seconds, so watch them carefully!
Allow them to cool, then cut into squares.
These were so good I can’t even talk about it without wanting to make more. They tasted like dark chocolate gourmet brownies, with just enough banana flavor to make any banana bread lover happy.
The crunch of walnuts and melted chocolate chips went so perfectly with the dense fudginess of these little squares.
I really wish we had more.
I also am glad they are gone, since I’m trying to maintain my girlish figure in time for summer.
These might be my new favorite treat.
Today I managed to get a lot of those annoying to-do list items crossed off, including some planning for graduation. My mom definitely won’t be able to make it to my graduation, and it’s looking like my dad won’t be able to come either. With Fritz’s parents in Canada, I’m kind of toying with the idea of saving myself lots of moolah by skipping the ceremony and celebrating here with Fritz and then on another date with my parents.
What do you think? Silly? When I graduated with my B.S. I did go to the ceremony, which was nice, but honestly not that special, other than being with my friends and family. I feel that skipping this one won’t take away from the honor and excitement that comes with graduation–but I also don’t want to regret it later. As long as I get to celebrate with the people I care about most then I’ll be happy.
What do you think? Go or no go?
Also…my first day of my new clinical is tomorrow and I am so nervous that I might not be able to sleep tonight. Wish me luck!