August 23, 2011

Fudgy Banana Brownies

Posted in Make tagged , , at 7:18 pm by onetinyacorn

So, I had two very brown bananas hanging out on top of my freezer, but I was sick of banana bread. I did have a hankering for brownies, though. And thus this recipe was born. It resulted in a wonderful fudgy brownie with a distinct banana flavor. I didn’t take photos—they disappeared too quickly—but, well, they look like brownies. Use your imagination.

One word of caution: I created this recipe at high altitude (7,200 feet). I believe that it should work at lower elevations, but I haven’t tested it there yet. Let me know if things go awry.

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch square pan.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. At the last minute, add applesauce in order to heat it. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the bananas until they’re a mostly smooth, puddinglike consistency. Add to the above mixture.
  4. Stir in the cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder into the mixture, being careful not to overmix. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  6. Scarf down, remembering to salvage one square for the person who you originally intended these brownies to be for in the first place.
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