Mar 16

Chocolate Banana Cake Brownies

Posted by Katie on Mar 16 2012 at 05:52 am

A few weeks back I was perusing Angela’s blog (yet AGAIN…It may be an illness) and came across her brownie recipe that I HAD to try out!

There are certain times in the month ;) in which my need for chocolate intensifies and let’s just say, these babies satisfied every chocolate craving I’ve ever had in my life with just one bite…Naturally I couldn’t stop at just one bite and as such many brownies were enjoyed over the course of that weekend ;)

These brownies are perfectly moist(thanks to the bananas, applesauce and DATES!), dense yet cake-like in texture  and VERY rich and chocolatey!  As with most baking (in my humble opinion) these are THE BEST fresh out of the freezer!

One thing I will say: If you don’t like bananas, you won’t love these brownies.  These have a delicious and VERY noticeable banana flavour that, in my opinion, compliment the rich chocolate flavour perfectly!

The next time you are hit with an intense chocolate craving, keep these in mind!

Thank you once again ANGELA!

If these don't make you drool, there may be something wrong with you ;)

Chocolate Banana Cake Brownies
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Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 27 mins
Total time: 1 hour 27 mins
Serves: 12 to 16
Adapted ever so slightly from Angela’s recipe! I used kamut flour instead….I also added the chocolate chip frosting step!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup kamut flour
  • 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup + 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks (I used callebaut dark chocolate chunks)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 8 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used Mexican vanilla concentrate)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8” x 8” pan with oil, cooking spray, etc.
  3. Line thepan with two pieces of wax paper in a “cross” pattern and grease the wax paper.
  4. In a food processor or blender grind almonds into very fine crumbs.
  5. Remove ground almonds and set aside.
  6. In the food processor or blender blend the applesauce, dates, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla until almost smooth.
  7. In a medium sized bowl combine kamut flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  8. Add applesauce/date mixture to flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  9. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  10. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out with a wet spatula.
  11. Bake for about 25-27 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  12. Turn off oven.
  13. Pour 1/2 cup chocolate chips on top of to brownies in an even layer and put brownies back into the oven (which is now turned off) for 2 minutes or until the chips are melted.
  14. Using a spatula spread the melted chocolate evenly.
  15. Let brownies cool until the pan is cool to the touch, cover with plastic wrap and freeze, ideally overnight.
  16. Once completely frozen remove the brownies from the pan, peel off the wax paper and cut into desired slices…In my case, MUCH DESIRED pieces ;)
  17. Store in an airtight container in the freezer!
  18. Enjoy every. single. bite ;)

First Step:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Second & Third Step:
Grease an 8” x 8” pan with oil, cooking spray, etc.
Line the pan with two pieces of wax paper in a “cross” pattern and grease the wax paper.

Fourth Step:
In a food processor or blender grind almonds into very fine crumbs.
Remove ground almonds and set aside.

Fifth Step:
In the food processor or blender blend the applesauce, dates, banana, maple syrup, and vanilla until almost smooth.

Sixth Step:

In a medium sized bowl combine kamut flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.

Seventh Step:

Add applesauce/date mixture to flour mixture and mix until just combined.

Eighth Step:

Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

Lick the chocolate brownie badder spoon.  Of course!

Nice Katie…Nice…

Nineth Step:

Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out with wet fingers!

Tenth Step:

Bake for about 25-27 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Eleventh Step:

Turn off oven.
Twelfth Step:
Pour 1/2 cup chocolate chips on top of to brownies in an even layer and put brownies back into the oven (which is now turned off) for 2 minutes or until the chips are melted.

Thirteenth Step:

Using a spatula spread the melted chocolate evenly.

*Not really an official step for you but for me it’s MANDATORY:

Lick the spatula AGAIN ;)

Fourteenth Step:

Let brownies cool until the pan is cool to the touch, cover with plastic wrap and freeze, ideally overnight.
Once completely frozen remove the brownies from the pan, peel off the wax paper and cut into desired slices…In my case, MUCH DESIRED pieces ;)

Store in an airtight container in the freezer!
Enjoy every. single. bite ;)

12 Responses to “Chocolate Banana Cake Brownies”

  1. Karen says:

    Yum! Brownie batter is my favorite!! Now I’m completely craving some brownies : )

  2. The batter is always the best part of baking!! :P

  3. lucie says:

    Oh, YUM. Looks exactly like something I need this weekend!
    x

  4. Hilary says:

    Wow. Yum, just yum. Need some now. Licking the spatula is NOT mandatory!!!! Angela is always so innovative in how she incorporates different ingredients into her baking…sometimes Im jealous!

    • Katie says:

      Licking the spatula is not mandatory but a very valued step in my mind…

      Angela is a fantastic role model! I’m glad to have her!

  5. These look so good. Must try soon!

  6. I’m DROOLING. These look so delicious and I love bananas so I think I’d really like them!

    PS, I love when you do the step by step pictures in your post for recipes. It’s so helpful and I really enjoy the photos! Keep it up! :)

    • Katie says:

      They really are delicious….Cakey yet fudgey…And banana-y like nobody’s business!

      Well thank you Anna! My house is not set up with great lighting (no natural light whatsoever) so I battle with that every day but I do try to take good pictures…I too appreciate step by step photos…I am a very visual person so if I can SEE how to do it, I’m more likely to try it out!

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