Banana-Split Brownies Recipe
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Banana-Split Brownies Recipe

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How's this for a dish—all the joy of a banana split without the mess. Everything in my recipe fits into one pan of delectable brownie bars. —Connee Sheckler, Chestertown, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 medium)
  • 1/3 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • Sliced bananas and additional chopped maraschino cherries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie: 262 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed 10 minutes. Stir in vanilla and chocolate mixture. Gradually stir in flour. Fold in cherries. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  3. For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in mashed banana and preserves. Add egg; beat on low speed just until blended. Spread over brownie batter; sprinkle with peanuts.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until topping is set and a toothpick inserted in brownie portion comes out mostly clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Cut into bars. If desired, serve bars topped with banana slices and additional cherries. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Banana-Split Brownies in Taste of Home June/July 2015

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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 252162
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"This recipe looked amazing so I gave it a whirl. I have to agree with another reviewer - the brownie base is delicious, but nobody in my family cared for the topping. My brother in law suggested adding ice cream would bring it all together, and I agree, but unfortunately we didn't have any. I think I would give this another chance by adding some ice cream when serving!"

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 249633
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2016

"The brownie base of this recipe is wonderful and I will use it as my "go-to" recipe for brownies using unsweetened chocolate However, neither my family nor I cared for the topping--just a personal preference. But I appreciate the delicious brownie recipe I discovered within this recipe."

peanutsnona76 User ID: 8027573 248038
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"Just perfect as is."

AnneMetzler User ID: 248567 235213
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"This is a rich and tasty dessert. The salted peanuts absolutely make it! I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Decadent!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 226940
Reviewed May. 25, 2015 Edited May. 10, 2016

"I sampled brownies-I found them to

be moist! It IS an interesting brownie recipe! delowenstein"

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