Banana Brownies Recipe: Easy Way to Use Ripe Bananas

Banana Brownies recipe: it’s an easy brownie recipe with a nice little benefit thrown in.

Banana Brownies Recipe with The Cookie Elf

Just at the very moment that the skins of bananas on your kitchen counter begin to move past bright yellow with have streaks or sprout light brown spots -- that’s when you think, “Oh, I’ve got to eat these.”

Enter Banana Brownies.

Of course you can make these with slightly ripened bananas (rather than fully ripened or extra ripened) too.

But you “have to get rid of these bananas” is a great excuse to make brownies, isn’t it?

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 30 minutes

Makes 35 brownies

Ingredients

1 18-ounce brownie mix 

2/3 cup vegetable oil

¼ cup water

3 eggs

2 ripe bananas

½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

½ cup miniature chocolate chips (optional)

Directions for this Banana Brownies Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, allowing ends to drape over edges of the pan. Spray the pan liner with vegetable spray. Set it aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, place brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs. Combine the mixture using an electric mixer or wooden spoon just until ingredients are blended and dry ingredients are absorbed.
  3. Pour half of the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Use an angled spatula to spread it evenly. 
  4. Peel the bananas. Use a sharp knife to slice them thinly, about 1/8” to ¼” thick. Arrange banana slices over the brownie batter.
  5. Pour the remaining batter into the pan to cover the banana slices. Use an angled spatula to spread it evenly. Sprinkle the brownie surface with chopped walnuts and miniature chocolate chips.
  6. Bake brownies 30 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove pan from the oven and allow them to cool completely.
  7. Set the baking pan to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow brownies to firm for cutting. 
  8. Remove brownies from the refrigerator. Lift the brownies from the pan by grasping the ends of the foil or paper liner and transferring them to a cutting board. Peel away foil or paper layer. Use a sharp knife to cut brownies into squares.
  9. Store brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator with waxed paper in between layers.

Special Baking Tips for this Banana Brownies Recipe

This recipe is an excellent way to use ripe or even over-ripe bananas. Bananas keep the brownies moist.

Be sure to slice bananas thinly. Thick slices are hard to cover with the top layer of batter. Thick slices also create chunkier brownies which fall apart more easily.

The walnuts and chocolate chips are optional but make the brownie surface look better – optional if you’re simply feeding hungry troops at home.

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