Banana Bread Brownies


Keeping with my whole fruit situation that I have going on, I started thinking about bananas.

Which took me about 1.7 seconds.

You see, I don’t love bananas.

Actually I really don’t even like them in their natural state.  The mushiness, the smell…


Funny thing about it, is it’s actually a fruit I am not allergic to.

Yes, people, I have an actual fruit allergy.  It’s a real thing.

Anyway, I’m not a huge banana fan.


But I do like banana bread.  It’s this strange situation.  I like it even better with peanut butter cups, in case you were wondering.

So here I am. Thinking about bananas once again…

How can I eat one without having to actually EAT one?


Then I remembered this recipe that I jotted down a few years ago that went into the depths of my recipe folder…

I have no idea where I got it, no idea when I wrote it, but there it is…

Banana Bread Brownies.

So I decided to get to work.

I had these from bunch to mouth in about 45 minutes…and I didn’t even have to use my mixer.

Just get some old bananas.

Did you ever wonder if getting into banana bread was on the bucket list of bananas?  I mean they have this nice long life, get all old and squishy and then either end up in someone’s compost OR in a delicious loaf of banana bread.  Think about it, worms burrowing through your banana body or being baked with sugar and vanilla…It’s really the perfect way to go.

I think I want my death to be via banana bread.  Not today, I mean.  When I get old and squishy.


That didn’t make sense.

On a side note I have spelled banana wrong every single time I have typed it so far.  Don’t you think it looks better as bananana?
First you need to melt some chocolate chips and butter together.
I forgot to take a picture of that…so close your eyes and imagine a saucepan with chocolate chips and butter melted together.
Set that aside to cool.

Now get some elderly bananas and mush the heck of of them.
Then add some sugar and vanilla…
Mix that together, then add some beaten eggs, some flour and salt.
Then pour almost all of your melted chocolate into the batter. Set aside 1/4 cup of the chocolate to use in a minute.
PhotobucketSee, now pour the last bit of chocolate on top and swirly-whirl it in.
PhotobucketThen bake. That’s it.
See how pretty?
PhotobucketThese brownies are dense and yummy filled with just the right amount of banana flavor!


Banana Bread Brownies
makes 25 brownies
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x9 pan with cooking spray, set aside
  3. In a medium sauce pan, combine butter and chocolate chips. Over medium-low heat, melt together, stirring occasionally. When melted, set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl combine the mashed bananas, sugar and vanilla. Stir in beaten eggs until evenly incorporated.
  5. Stir in flour and salt until just combined.
  6. Pour all but ¼ cup melted chocolate into the banana mixture and stir.
  7. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and drizzle remaining ¼ cup melted chocolate on top, and swirl it into the batter.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Brownies will be very dense.
  10. Cool completely and cut into squares.
store in an airtight container for up to 3 days


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Colleen @ What

Absolute perfection!! These look amazing.

August 21, 2012 2:04 pm

Brilliant!! I love bananas and would love to be trown in with vanilla and sugar when I reach my squishy age. 🙂 Love it! I will definitely give this one a try. Thx!

August 21, 2012 2:05 pm

Ooops…forgot the ‘h’ in thrown…

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
August 21, 2012 2:07 pm

what a great idea! You rock

August 21, 2012 2:10 pm

They sound divine. I was thinking of making some sort of banana bread or muffins today then ran across your recipe for banana brownies! Can’t wait to make and eat them. I don’t have any C/chips so I will be making them with walnuts. May make a cinnamon icing to go over top. Should be yummy! And with my boys they won’t last.

August 21, 2012 2:12 pm

ohhhh these sounds SO good! I’ve been super hungry for banana bread lately & adding chocolate is just a big bonus.

Diane {Created by Diane}
August 21, 2012 2:12 pm

These look so WONDERFUL delicious combination. Note to self, go get some bananas!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes
August 21, 2012 2:12 pm

What a way to use up some bananas! I LOVE these brownies – can just taste them now. Yes, PLEASE.

August 21, 2012 2:22 pm

These do look good but it would be nice if people would bake them first them make a coment.

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
August 21, 2012 2:33 pm

Well hello gorgeous treat! Love this new way to use up bananas

Tina {My Life as a Mrs}
August 21, 2012 2:34 pm

holy moly!!!!! those look UH-MAZING. 🙂

August 21, 2012 2:39 pm

Excellent recipe!! I’m drooling now, Thanks.

August 21, 2012 2:42 pm

Love, love, Shelly!! First, I’m obsessed with bananas…so I don’t understand you! 😉 But I do get you on banana bread. I have never understand chocolate chip banana bread but I can get down with this. That’s weird right? This is just genius!!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
August 21, 2012 2:43 pm

These would go over real well in my household! I have a freezer full of old bananas because banana bread is a favorite! Banana bread + chocolate…more favorite! Love it Shelly

August 21, 2012 2:46 pm

Elderly bananas!!!! You crack me up 🙂

August 21, 2012 2:48 pm

Oh my gosh – this is a genius idea!!
We need to talk about this fruit allergy. Does your tongue swell up? Mine does with certain fruit and it drives me crazy.

Anne Schroeder
Anne Schroeder
August 21, 2012 2:52 pm

I will definitely be making these this weekend!!!

August 21, 2012 2:57 pm

so funny, because I’m actually eating a banana while I read this! lol This is a brilliant idea Shelly!!

Sophie in the Kitchen
August 21, 2012 3:01 pm

These looks delicious! I hope to try this recipe out soon.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Never would have thought to put bananas into brownies. But if you like them, then I know they have to be good!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
August 21, 2012 3:45 pm

These look amazing!!!!

Tracy {Pale Yellow}
August 21, 2012 3:55 pm

We have many elderly bananas in the freezer awaiting a tasty demise, I think I found their end goal!

The Brunette Baker
August 21, 2012 4:06 pm

My daughter ran to the computer when she saw these. I’m like you, not a banana fan, but these are already kid-approved, so Mama better get to it! xo

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
August 21, 2012 4:27 pm

I think these would be perfect in the banana brownie fro yo I just made!

August 21, 2012 4:33 pm

Gwen Stefani taught me how to spell Banana 🙂

Averie @ Averie Cooks
August 21, 2012 5:19 pm

I just happen to have made two versions of banana bread that I havent blogged about yet – and am still eating down the more recent of the two. And I want to make this next. FABUlous!!!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
August 21, 2012 5:38 pm

These can be considered healthy because of the banana, right? 😉 love it

Cookbook Queen
August 21, 2012 5:58 pm

Best idea for bananas EVVVVVERRRRR. If I was a banana I’d totally want to be a brownie!!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
August 21, 2012 7:06 pm

K, I actually like bananas… but in moderation. When I THINK about liking bananas, I don’t like bananas. I know, I’m a brat. However, I KNOW I’d like these brownies because, uh, whyyyy wouldn’t I? Banana bread brownies. Even the name is mahvelous.

Lori @ RecipeGirl
August 21, 2012 7:34 pm

I’m not super big on bananas either, but banana bread I could inhale. These look inhalable as well 🙂

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
August 21, 2012 7:36 pm

These are so easy! Love this!

Robin @ Simply Southern Baking
August 21, 2012 8:08 pm

Ooh….these look amazing! Don’t think they would last long at my house!

August 21, 2012 9:19 pm

I’m one of the weirdos who doesn’t like bananas but LOVES banana bread also! Good stuff. These look amazing! Fudgy brownie (that just happens to have banana in it) heaven.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
August 21, 2012 9:29 pm

WOW. These are perfect! I have banana issues too, but not in these!

Brian @ A Thought For Food
August 21, 2012 10:32 pm

Besides my grandfather, I know few people who really love bananas. With that being said, I ADORE banana bread and I think the combo with the brownies is just brilliant!

Julie @ Table for Two
August 21, 2012 10:43 pm

i’m the SAME way!! i don’t like bananas because they just smell nasty nor do i like the taste but i can stand them in such things as…bread, brownies, smoothies..just can’t do them alone. i’ve had people eat a banana in my car and i literally almost gagged and pulled the car over. these look delicious though and super moist and fudgey!

Janine (
August 21, 2012 11:23 pm

What an awesome idea for a flavor combo! These have got to be amazing!

August 21, 2012 11:23 pm

Thank you for this amazing recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

Lauri @ MyPinnedLife
August 21, 2012 11:58 pm

Wow, I never thought about making banana bread brownies, but I love the idea. They look so good. Forget bread, the next time I have bananas., I’m making brownies!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
August 22, 2012 12:31 am

I have elderly & squishy bananas in my freezer ..i make a LOT of banana bread! I can’t wait to try your yummy version! Thanks for the new recipe. 🙂


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Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts
August 22, 2012 3:25 am

YUM!! These look absolutely delicious!!

August 22, 2012 7:43 am

Finally! A banana bread that doesn’t taste healthy! I bet this is delicious!

Rachel Cooks
August 22, 2012 8:19 am

These look SO good! So moist–yum! PS: Allergic to fruit?! That’s crazy!

Kelly G in ATX
Kelly G in ATX
August 22, 2012 9:08 am

You never cease to make me laugh! This recipe couldn’t have come at a more fortuitous time…I happen to dislike banananas very much too and I have a whole bunch that my family didn’t eat (grrr). I’m so glad I can let them go out with their boots on! Thanks for sharing m’dear!

August 22, 2012 9:44 am

Great recipe! Not sure if I missed someone else asking this in the comments, but do you think you could make this with a store bought brownie mix and just add the mashed up bananas?

August 22, 2012 9:58 am

I think I’d rather be allergic to fruit over chocolate! These look fabulous!

August 22, 2012 10:19 am

Now that’s my kind of a brownie!!! Holy delicious!

Jen @ Jen
August 22, 2012 10:44 am

I feel the exact same way about bananas. DON’T love them, but I do love to bake with them. In fact, I made banana pancakes just this morning. I figure, if the banana is a part of a more complex (and tasty) treat, I will enjoy the banana part a lot more. Which I do. This one looks amazing!