Brownie Batter Banana Bread
I seriously came up with this dessert in a fit of sugar induced need. Yes, I know...admitting that I have a sugar addiction as a paleo/real food/holistic nutrition blogger is pretty much blasphemy, but hey, I never claimed to be perfect! I try and harness my sugar needs as much as I can, but I'm definitely that girl that likes to have a sweet treat after a meal. Even if it's just a bite of chocolate, it's like my after dinner palate cleanser or something. So, you'll find a lot of dessert recipes on this blog because my thought is well, if I'm gonna eat sugar, it might as well be as gut-friendly as possible!
I'm also the girl that likes raw cookie dough, brownies that are basically brownie batter cooked for 2.5 seconds but still insanely gooey, you know, all the stuff that might potentially kill you (what can I say, I like to live on the edge!). When I was growing up we used to keep a package of that break and bake cookie dough in the fridge, just to eat...not cook. So yeah, it's not my fault, I was raised that way. Unfortunately, now that I know better, I have no choice but to do better....plus, raw eggs and such are frowned upon when preggo.
I knew I wanted to create some sort of dessert, but I didn't want it to be your typical baked good...I absolutely love banana bread, personally I like it without nuts (am I just that weird person that can't stand desserts that include nuts or what??), and again, I like it moist and delicious. BUT I also like chocolate. Put me in front of a cherry pie or a chocolate one, and chocolate wins EVERY TIME. To me, what's the point of life if there's no chocolate in it?? So when I was thinking about how I could do a spin on one of my favorite classic desserts, the answer is add chocolate, DUH. But chocolate chips...been done. Cocoa powder, so 10 years ago. But as far as I know, nobody has done a BROWNIE BANANA BREAD HYBRID. My main concern here is WHY?? I can't be the only crazy person out there thinking this is a good idea?! So basically, I took banana bread and added a marbled layer of my own brownie batter and came up with the answer to all of mankind's problems.
This is a little more labor intensive than most of my desserts, but I promise you this thing is worth every minute. We loved it so much we had to give it away...you know what I mean. It just could not be in our house one second longer or else we'd consume the entire loaf. I love to slather a piping hot slice in some grass-fed butter and let it get super melty all over....holy cow...I'm losing my train of thought, and now instantly regretting giving away the rest of this bread.
Ok, excuse me while I go whip up another batch of this sinfully moist and delicious dessert. I love you Brownie Batter Banana Bread, I'm coming for ya'.
Ingredients for Brownie Layer:
5 1/2 tbsps. grass-fed butter, ghee, or coconut oil
1/2 cup + 2 tbsps. coconut sugar
6 tbsps. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 tbsp. tapioca flour
1/4 tsp salt
Ingredients for Banana Bread Layer:
4 medium bananas, ripe
2 large eggs
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup grass-fed butter, ghee, or coconut oil, melted
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- To prepare brownie batter, melt butter or oil in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat.
- Add sugar, and whisk to incorporate for about 1-2 minutes, until sugar is no longer grainy. Take care to whisk frequently so as not to burn the sugar.
- Slowly whisk in cocoa powder, and remove from heat to cool 5-10 minutes.
- Pour chocolate sauce into a mixing bowl after cooled, and egg and mix well.
- Stir in vanilla, almond and tapioca flours, and salt and mix well. Set aside.
- To prepare banana bread batter, combine bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla into a food processor and blend well.
- Slowly add in flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and blend in food processor until smooth.
- Grease a loaf pan, and pour half of banana bread mixture into pan.
- Pour half of brownie batter over banana bread mixture and gently smooth.
- Pour remaining banana bread mixture over brownie batter, and top with remaining brownie batter mixture.
- Use a knife to gently swirl brownie mixture into banana bread mixture, careful not to touch the bottom or sides of pan.
- Bake in oven for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.