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Banana Nut Brownies

This recipe comes from my Grandma Schlientz. Anytime there are ripe bananas around our house, it's banana brownie time! People are always surprised to learn there's fruit in the recipe.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-1/2 to 3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a bowl, combine butter, sugar and cocoa. Stir in eggs, milk and vanilla. Blend in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in bananas and nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until brownies test done. Cool on a wire rack. Just before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 163 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Harvey
    May 26, 2020

    I loved this....Nice and moist with just the right amount of sweetness and banana taste. I substituted Swerve sugar substitute for the sugar, almond milk for the milk, with maybe 1/8 tsp of canola oil to add a little extra fat since the almond milk doesn't have much. It came out great. I do serve with a sprinkling of powdered sugar for looks.

  • Janet
    Oct 6, 2017

    This recipe is fantastic and so easy. I add a half cup of chocolate chips along with the nuts (chopped pecans that I've roasted for 5 minutes), fill cupcake liners with the batter, cook for 30 to 35 minutes, cool then freeze. Great dessert after defrosting in the microwave for 20 seconds. Hubby loves them with ice cream!

  • joe_red_45
    May 28, 2016

    Very cakey. Too much liquid in batter. Not chocolatey enough for brownies. Tastes okay bad texture. Meh

  • cmdaiber
    May 23, 2016

    Freshly cooled they were like a chocolate brownie. The next day more like banana bread. I would have given it 5 stars if it stayed more like a brownie taste. Regardless it tastes good both ways but when in the mood for a brownie you want a brownie. I was worried the batter was so RUNNY when I poured it out of the bowl. Relax. It cooks up just fine. The family enjoyed it. It is a recipe I will make again. I was just looking for something different to make with bananas. This is nice. I recommend the walnuts. It gives it a good flavor. But if not a nut fan, it is still very enjoyable.

  • grniis2
    Aug 10, 2013

    I made a batch of these to take to work. I did eliminate nuts, a couple people have nut allergies. This brownie was so moist, the combo of bananas and chocolate was amazing. A great way to use up bananas. By the time I went home from work they were all gone. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • HOGWriter
    Mar 27, 2013

    A nice chewy brownie without an overly sweet, gooey, greasy texture. The flavors are well balanced. We really enjoyed them.

  • Rema522
    Feb 2, 2013

    Moist .tasty and so easy to make. For once I had all the ingredients on hand.

  • kbabe819
    Aug 23, 2012

    Excellent. Very moist. Used 1/4 c all-purpose flour and 1/4 c whole wheat flour and no taste difference. Next time I will try all whole wheat. Powered sugar hides funny looking (but not funny tasting) texture on top.

  • candysdaycare
    Nov 9, 2011

    these were amazing!!!!! my family LOVED them,and it was a great way to use ripe bananas besides banana bread.

  • KitchenNinja
    Apr 22, 2011

    Wow, this is a delicious dessert! Normally in a banana bread, the amt. of banana isn't so prevelant. In this recipe, the banana flavor plays a huge roll and it compliments the chocolate! The combo is fabulous. The brownie is moist, rich, and satisfying! My husband luv'd it! His requested that next time I create this recipe, to please add either chocolate chips or peanut butter chips! Taking it to the next level! Enjoy!