In a bid to get fitter, and generally sort my life out I decided to eat a bit more fruit and veg. Looking over at the fruit bowl the bananas had started to turn black. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against black bananas, some of the best bananas I’ve eaten have been black. But it was looking less and less likely that myself or anyone else for that matter was going to be eating them. That means there’s only one thing for them…
Chocolate Banana Bread Brownies!!!
- 90g Unsalted Butter
- 170g Dark Chocolate (not über dark, something sweet like Bournville)
- 1tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 or 4 Very Ripe Bananas
- 115g Granulated Sugar
- 3 Large Eggs
- 400g Plain Flour
- 1/2tsp Salt
- Up to 200g Walnuts/Pecans
The above quantities fill a 9″x9″ baking tin. I like to line the pan rather than just greasing and flouring as it’s easier to get out and no chance of it getting stuck in there.
So lets get down to business.
Turn the oven on, 180°C/350ºF/Gas Mark 4.
Melt the butter and chocolate over a gentle heat, I said gentle heat, don’t rush it. You might have been thinking why 170g and not 200g of Chocolate. Well 170g is enough and it is about one strip less than a full 200g bar of Bournville so you get to nibble on it while you’re melting the chocolate. If you haven’t already, nibble that left over chocolate.
Once the chocolate has melted set it aside somewhere to cool, it shouldn’t be hot anyway if you were gentle. Remember I said be gentle. Grab a big bowl and mash the vanilla, sugar and bananas together. Bang in the eggs and beat it all up. It should be very liquid, don’t worry if there are little lumps of banana, as long as most of it is liquid then you’re fine.
Sift in the flour and salt and mix it all up. You can be rough, brownies don’t need to be coddled. If you are adding nuts crush them up a bit and mix them in. You don’t have to use nuts, 200g is probably the most you should put in. I only used 100g of Pecans mainly because I didn’t read how much I needed before I went to the shop and a prefer them to Walnuts.
Lightly fold in 2/3 of the Chocolate mixture, you want the brownies to be marbled so only lightly fold in the Chocolate. Put the mix into your baking tin then blob the rest of the Chocolate on top. Swirl a spatula through the blobs of Chocolate to marble it a bit and make it look pretty.
Now you just need to whack that bad boy in the oven for 30 to 35 mins depending on how awesome your oven is. Just check it after 25 mins with a skewer.
It’s time now to get licking. Lick anything that’s dirty, lick the bowls, the pan, the spoons, the spatula, your wife…
Once cooked to perfection, take it out and leave in the pan to cool down on a wire rack.
Once cool and you are ready to eat, remove from the pan, trim about a cm off around the edges. These bits are great with some ice cream. Then cut in halves and halves again so that you have 16 Brownies.
That’s got to be 1 of your #5aDay, right?