Gooey Banana Brownies {splurge}

When I'm stressed I go for the chocolate.  This isn't groundbreaking news, I know.  I'm not the first of my kind. I'm also not the first of my kind when it comes to adding a little something to brownies....

Cakey Banana Brownies

BANANAS, silly people!  Only bananas.

Cakey Banana Brownies

Sometimes stressful situations will make you go a little sometimes you'll perform an autopsy on such baked goods and then proceed to eat them monkey-style.

Cakey Banana Brownies
Cakey Banana Brownies
Cakey Banana Brownies
Cakey Banana Brownies

You'll neatly slice a few, perhaps take a picture of them if you are me, and then decide to eat a couple from the pan, picking them apart with your fingers even though the knife is right next to you.

Cakey Banana Brownies
Cakey Banana Brownies
Cakey Banana Brownies

Moral of the story: when I'm stressed, brownies are my drug of choice.

Just say yes.

Cakey Banana Brownies

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated

INGREDIENTS: (makes one ½ sheet tray- 9½“ x 13”)

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp. (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 medium bananas
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

-Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line the sheet tray with aluminum foil, leaving a 1” overhang on all sides.  Spray with cooking spray.

-Whisk the cocoa, boiling water and 2 oz. of the chocolate chips until smooth. -Mash two of the bananas with a fork.
-Using a rubber spatula, mix in the melted butter, oil, eggs, vanilla and mashed bananas. Add the remaining chocolate chips (the batter won’t be totally smooth which is ok).
-Mix in the sugar, flour and salt until fully incorporated.
-Pour the batter into prepared sheet tray and top with banana slices from the remaining 2 bananas.
-Bake at 350° for 60- 75 minutes or until the center comes out clean when inserted with a toothpick.
-Let cool 1 hour before removing from pan.