Chocolate Drizzled Banana Bread Brownies

Chocolate Drizzled Banana Bread Brownies

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> An easy recipe for healthy dessert bars with the flavor of banana bread & fudgy texture of brownies! No butter, eggs, refined flour or sugar & only 56 calories!

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> Banana bread flavor + fudgy brownie texture + chocolate drizzle = AMAZING! Only 56 calories & this easy recipe is secretly healthy enough for breakfast!

 

Over the past month, my family has travelled to Southern California for three different occasions: to say good-bye to Grandpa, to attend his memorial (along with these special cookies!), and to celebrate Easter with Grandma.  

With a combination of flying and driving, we’ve practically memorized the airport terminals and the major landmarks (if not every bump in the road!) along I-5. Even our dogs trekked along for the last two trips and seemed to remember their favorite blades of grass at the freeway rest stops!

 

> Banana bread flavor + fudgy brownie texture + chocolate drizzle = AMAZING! Only 56 calories & this easy recipe is secretly healthy enough for breakfast!

 

Although things felt different without Grandpa there, nearly everything still looked the same… Grandma’s two small black terriers yipping at the front gate to greet us, the porch swing and patio furniture in the backyard where we spent most of our afternoons, and even the same blonde cashier at the grocery store when we stopped by to grab snacks for the road.

On our last two visits, just before loading our luggage into the car and giving Grandma big hugs good-bye, I noticed a few extra speckly bananas sitting on her counter, the kind too ripe to eat yet perfect for baking with more brown color than yellow. Knowing how often Grandma bakes (although we share an intense mutual passion for baseball, we’re opposites in the baking department!), I carefully brought them back home…

 

> Banana bread flavor + fudgy brownie texture + chocolate drizzle = AMAZING! Only 56 calories & this easy recipe is secretly healthy enough for breakfast!

 

…and turned the first set into these

Chocolate Drizzled Banana Bread Brownies

! They have the same fruity flavor as traditional banana bread and the exact fudgy texture of brownies. With no butter, eggs, refined flour or sugar and only 56 calories, they’re perfect for satisfying my sweet tooth cravings!

Or even as a healthier breakfast treat, as my Dad decided one morning! 😉

 

> Banana bread flavor + fudgy brownie texture + chocolate drizzle = AMAZING! Only 56 calories & this easy recipe is secretly healthy enough for breakfast!

 

To make this easy recipe, you’ll start with

white whole wheat flour

. Although it sounds strange (normally white flour and whole wheat flour are two separate things!), white whole wheat flour is actually made by finely grinding a special type of soft white wheat, whereas regular whole wheat flour comes from a heartier variety of red wheat. This gives white whole wheat flour a lighter taste and texture, very similar to all-purpose flour, but it has the same health benefits (like extra fiber!) as regular whole wheat flour.

Note: I included my favorite gluten-free option in the Notes section, if you prefer!

Instead of lots of eggs and butter or oil, like in traditional brownie and banana bread recipes, these healthy treats only contain 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and no eggs. Yes, that’s it! The

mashed banana

replaces the eggs, and it also provides natural sweetness and extra moisture to the batter. Make sure you use the darkest bananas you can find—the ones with more brown than yellow color are perfect!

 

> Banana bread flavor + fudgy brownie texture + chocolate drizzle = AMAZING! Only 56 calories & this easy recipe is secretly healthy enough for breakfast!

 

Greek yogurt

also helps keep these treats extra tender and fudgy, just like in all of my brownie recipes, and it provides extra protein too! To boost the sweetness, you’ll also mix in a little

vanilla crème stevia

. It’s one of my favorite ingredients! Stevia is a plant-based, no-calorie sweetener that’s clean eating friendly, and because it’s so concentrated, you only need ¾ teaspoon. This is the kind I buy because I love its warm vanilla flavor and don’t notice any strange aftertastes. You can find it in many health-oriented grocery stores, but I buy mine online here because it’s the cheapest price I’ve found. (And you’ll use it in all of these recipes of mine, too!)

After baking your banana bread brownies and letting them cool, it’s time to add the drizzle! It’s extremely simple to make. Just stir together a little

cocoa powder

(just my favorite regular unsweetened!),

maple syrup

(the real kind, like this!), and

milk

. Add that to a small zip-topped bag, snip off the corner with scissors, and start drizzling!

 

> Banana bread flavor + fudgy brownie texture + chocolate drizzle = AMAZING! Only 56 calories & this easy recipe is secretly healthy enough for breakfast!

 

With how much we enjoyed these, I think my family might be part monkey! 🍌🙊 And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees I’ll see your picture! 😊) I’d love to see your banana bread brownies and feature them in my Sunday Spotlight series!

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Chocolate Drizzled Banana Bread Brownies   Print These fun treats are perfect for guilt-free desserts—or even as healthy breakfast treats, according to my dad! They have the same flavor as banana bread and the exact fudgy texture of brownies. They’ll keep for at least one week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F, and lightly coat a 9”-square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To prepare the brownies, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the coconut oil, mashed banana, and vanilla. Mix in the Greek yogurt, stirring until no large lumps remain.* Mix in the stevia and milk. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated.
  3. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 300°F for 17-20 minutes. Cool completely to room temperature in the pan, and let the brownies rest for an additional 3 hours before slicing for the fudgiest texture.
  4. Just before serving the brownies, prepare the drizzle by stirring together the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a zip-topped bag, cut off a tiny piece of one corner, and drizzle on top of the sliced brownies.

Notes: For the gluten-free flour, use as follows: ¾ cup (90g) millet flour, ¼ cup (30g) tapioca flour, ¼ cup (30g) brown rice flour, and ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum. Most store-bought gluten-free flour blends should work as well, if measured like this.

Whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour may be substituted for the white whole wheat flour. In a pinch, regular whole wheat flour will work, but the brownies will have a slightly more wheat-y flavor that may mask some of the banana flavor.

The combined amount of mashed banana and Greek yogurt should equal ¾ cup. If you have slightly more than ¾ cup mashed banana, you can substitute some of the extra for some of the Greek yogurt, and vice versa.

Any milk may be substituted for the nonfat milk.

For a vegan version, substitute mashed banana for the Greek yogurt, and substitute any non-dairy milk in place of the nonfat milk.

I highly recommend using the vanilla crème stevia! It's one of my favorite ingredients, and you'll use it in all of these recipes of mine, too. (I buy mine online here because it's the cheapest price I've found!) The best substitute I can recommend in place of the vanilla crème stevia is 2 ¼ teaspoons of this powdered stevia. If substituting a different sweetener (i.e. coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.), you’ll need 5-6 tablespoons, and the baking time and texture will be different.

In the drizzle, honey or agave may be substituted for the pure maple syrup.

*If the coconut oil or butter re-solidifies upon adding the Greek yogurt, microwave the mixture for 10-14 seconds to re-melt it (ONLY if your bowl is microwave safe!).

*If the drizzle is too thick, add additional milk, ¼ teaspoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency.

{gluten-free, clean eating, vegan option, low fat, low calorie, lower sugar}

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> Banana bread flavor + fudgy brownie texture + chocolate drizzle = AMAZING! Only 56 calories & this easy recipe is secretly healthy enough for breakfast!

 

 


Source : http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2017/04/18/chocolate-drizzled-banana-bread-brownies/

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