Banana Brownies

Hi everyone!  Today's recipe is a great idea for father's day, so if you haven't decided what to gift your dad on that date, these will make a wonderful gift, they are super easy to make, very budget friendly and delicious, so hopefully you will give them a try!

  • 2/3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ⅓ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 ripped Banana
  • 2 large Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 stick of Unsalted Butter (113 grams or ½ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Powder

To Make the Icing:
  • 4oz Cream Cheese
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ⅓ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2oz melted Semi-sweet Chocolate  (optional)
 Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Greased your Pan with a bit of oil or butter. Set aside.

In a sauce pan, on medium heat, melt the butter and the chocolate chips, once everything is melted, set this mixture aside to cool down for 5 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the All Purpose Flour with the Baking Powder, Salt and Cocoa Powder, stir well until combined, then set aside for a minute.

In a large bowl, mash the banana with the honey and vanilla extract. Once the banana is well mashed, now add in the melted butter-chocolate mixture, and the brown sugar, mix well until everything is well combined, then stir in the beaten eggs, mix to combine, do not over-mix, you just want the eggs to incorporate with the rest of the ingredients. After that, add in the flour and stir until combined. Do NOT over-mix, you just want the dry ingredients to incorporate with the wet ingredients! (You will get a very lumpy and thick batter! That's they way it's supposed to be.)

Once the batter is ready, pour it into your brownie pan, or baking dish, I used a mini-heart shaped baking dish, if you don't have a Brownie pan,  you can bake this in an 8in x 8in baking dish. (and once the brownie is cold, you can cut it into smaller brownies.

Bake these at 350ºF for about 20-25 minutes or until cook. Do NOT over-bake them!!! You will know the Brownies are ready, when you insert a toothpick right in the middle, and it comes out with moist crumbs! (if the toothpick comes out dry, it will mean you over-bake the brownies, so start checking your brownies after 20 minutes!)

Once the Brownies are cooked. Transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.  In the meantime, prepare the Icing:

In an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the butter, the peanut butter, the honey and the vanilla extract. Beat this on high speed for one  minute, then reduce the speed, scrape down the sides of your bowl if you need to, then add in half the powdered sugar, beat again on high speed for one minute.  Reduce the speed, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the rest of the powdered sugar, continue to beat on high speed for another two more minutes or until you get a fluffy and creamy icing.  Refrigerate the icing until you are ready to use it!

Once the Brownies are cold, and the icing is ready, now you can ice your brownies. Grab a bit of the icing, spread it on an even layer on the top of the brownie, then decorate with melted chocolate.