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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Banana Brownies

This was originally published in August 2009.  This recipe can be altered a number of ways as the note at the bottom indicates.

Banana Brownies

Mix together:
2/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla or almond flavor
2/3 C. mashed, over ripe bananas
1/4 C. cocoa powder
1 egg lightly beaten

Pour into a greased 8x8 inch pan. Bake 20-30 minutes at 350F. Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan to a wire rack to continue cooling.

With white flour these brownies will be more like cake, but with whole wheat they are heavier like true brownies should be, and healthier like true brownies usually are not. :-) 

There are some great ways to dress up or vary this recipe as well. Sprinkle nuts, chocolate chips, or drained maraschino cherries on top and gently push into the batter in the pan before baking. Once I left out the cocoa powder and added spices instead to make a banana spice cake. To do this measure the spices you want (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.) into a 1/4 C. measuring cup. Add enough flour to make up the difference and add in place of the cocoa. Be sure to use vanilla extract for this change, and nuts are a nice addition. You could also add some orange zest for an interesting flavor. (I wonder what this variation would taste like made with canned pumpkin instead of the bananas. Hmmmm.) Also you could try using other flour mixtures for a healthier brownie - 1/4 C. oat flour plus 1/4 C. whole wheat, etc. (Not all flours respond the same in recipes, so remember to make appropriate alterations accordingly.)


  1. Sorry about posting this twice. I had the wrong number of eggs. :-) Mom said two would be fine, but in case only one would be better I thought I should change it. If you want a lighter, more cake-like consistency use the 2 eggs as I originally had it.

  2. I'm not a banana person so I swap bananas with stewed apples. Sounds healthy!

    1. The original recipe called for unsweetened apple sauce, which we didn't have, but I decided to change it to banana and it worked. It also gave it a very different flavor, and it may change the texture some. :-)

  3. Those sound really good! I've never heard of those before!
    One of my friends on Facebook posted zucchini brownies she had made. :-)

    1. I hope you enjoy them. A friend and I made some zucchini chocolate snack cake this summer and it was very good!