This recipe was given to me by a colleague at work, whose family is madly in love with them and after making them myself, I can see why!
Who knew bananas and brownies would make such a delicious mix? And why not? Ever heard of a treat called a monkey tail?
These brownies are low in fat but have a rich fudgy texture! Nice and moist. Almost like a brownie meets banana bread!
My colleague keeps these bad ass banana brownies naked. Which are excellent. I just can’t leave things alone… so I tried two different toppings. I added banana chips to one batch, which added a crunch. Keep in mind that these banana chips would soften if they are covered for a day or two.
The other topping was a coffee frosting, recipe below. This brought out the coffee flavour that is in the batter. Yum! Some might find this too powerful so be careful on how much coffee to sugar ratio you use.
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Cool time: an hour
1 cup flour
½ sifted cocoa
1 tsp instant coffee
¼ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 ¼ sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
3 ripe mashed bananas
Coffee frosting (optional – recipe below)
or Banana Chips (optional)
Heat oven to 350°F. Butter an 8×8-inch square baking pan and cover with a strip of parchment, extending it up two sides to help lift brownies once baked. Butter the parchment.
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, instant coffee, baking powder and salt.
In another small bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter, egg whites and the egg until well combined. Make sure that before adding the eggs, that the butter is cooled as you do not want to cook the eggs. Stir in the bananas.
Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture a cup at a time until combined.
Spread evenly into the pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the top springs back when touched lightly and a toothpick comes out slightly gooey.
Let cool on a rack before cutting into squares or frosting.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tbsp honey Greek yogurt
2 -3 tsp instant coffee
In a medium sized bowl, cream butter and vanilla.
Add powdered sugar and mix in well on medium speed.
Dissolve instant coffee in milk and add to mixture.
Beat on high until light and fluffy.