Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, my friend and I eat lunch at my apartment before going to our 1:00 class. We were talking about baking and she goes “Let’s make some brownies.” “Now?” “Yes, now!” I was a little flustered because I had to search for a recipe (The one I use is back home in a binder. Remind me to grab that over Thanksgiving break.) and of course my laptop decides to go so slow that I could’ve driven home, grabbed the recipe, and driven back and it still would’ve been loading (exaggeration, of course). Finally, I got a recipe and we baked one hour before class started. This means we had to leave by 12:45. Uh yea. If the brownies would’ve baked the 25 minutes it called for, we would’ve been fine. Nope, it decided to take an extra 10 minutes. Thank goodness my one roommate was here to watch it while we power-walked to class.

I usually don’t have eggs on hand, so I’ve been reading up on egg substitutions. Yay for vegan recipes!! I used butter, so these brownies aren’t 100% vegan. However, they use bananas to replace the egg. I didn’t realize until after the brownies were baking that there was no baking powder in the recipe!! The reasoning was that eggs can serve as a levening agent, and since I substituted with bananas, I lost that effect. As you can see by the picture, they still came out fine. I subbed chocolate chips for the bittersweet chocolate, two bananas for the eggs, and left out the espresso powder. I didn’t bother letting the chocolate cool to room temperature.

I used leftover cream cheese frosting. The brownies are good enough without frosting, so feel free to leave it off to cut on calories. Then again if you’re eating brownies, you probably don’t care about calories at the moment. I didn’t.

Chocolate Banana Brownies

1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
2 large eggs or 2 ripe bananas
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish or line it with foil.

2. In medium saucepan, stir chocolate and butter together until just melted. Remove and set aside.

3. Mix eggs/bananas, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla together. Add chocolate and mix well. Fold flour into batter until just incorporated.

4. Pour batter into baking dish and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Place on a wire rack and cool completely before cutting.

Source: Recipe Zaar