Let’s talk brownies. Specifically, these Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies. I know, I know – two banana recipes in one week. Clearly I’ve living on the wild side.
They’re brownies, sure – but you know what they’re not? Unhealthy. They’re, dare I say, healthy. Good for you. Brownies that are suitable as breakfast.
Let’s take a look at the ingredients:
- Banana – source of vitamin C and potassium
- Applesauce – source of fiber, makes the brownies moist as a substitute for eggs
- Cocoa powder – also a source of fiber and antioxidants
- Maple syrup or honey – source of antioxidants, adds sweetness
- Almond milk – free of cholesterol and saturated fat
- Espresso powder – enhances the chocolate flavor
- Dairy-free chocolate chips – perfect for the allergy-prone because they’re gluten, dairy, nut, egg and sulfite free
So basically… healthy. Told you!
You could easily swap ingredients to your liking and I’ve noted those in the recipe below. This doesn’t HAVE to be dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan – but why not let it be?
I mean, c’mon. How could you say no to that? I’ll tell you right now that people in my office were to the point of harassing me for this recipe they loved them so much. And then my coworker’s spouses were harassing me. And I’m fairly confident that a random crow flew by while I was on a walk and asked me about it.
These are so moist that they almost fall apart a little… but in a good way. So keep some napkins and a glass of milk (non-dairy or otherwise) nearby!
If you love these as much as I do (and the entire Metrowest Boston area), snap a picture of it and tag #stressbaking on Instagram!
- 2 bananas
- ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce (can substitute 1 egg)
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup maple syrup (can substitute honey)
- 2 tablespoons coconut or almond milk (can substitute dairy milk)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips or chunks (can substitute regular chocolate chips)
- Powdered sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8x8 pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
- In a food processor, blend bananas for 5-10 seconds until mostly smooth.
- Add applesauce, cocoa powder, maple syrup, milk, vanilla and espresso powder and blend until smooth.
- Add baking soda and chocolate chips and pulse for a couple seconds to blend.
- Pour batter into pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the top is no longer shiny and slightly cracked. The inside should be slightly under-baked - it will set as it cools, and will be the perfect fudgy consistency!
- Let sit at least 15 minutes to cool before cutting and serving. Store in fridge in an airtight container. Enjoy!