Last year, I was flipping through our local Metro newspaper on my way to work when I came across this recipe. Now I normally don’t bake treats for myself because I know that it will only take me a few days to eat it all, but with an upcoming Oscar party to attend, I had my excuse to indulge in these brownies.
It was a tough crowd, but the brownies were a huge hit. Now that I’m looking at these pictures again, I feel like they might have to make a comeback sometime soon.
Heart Healthier Fudgy Brownies
• 1 oz (30 g) good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
• 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter
• 1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar
• 1/2 cup (125 ml) mashed ripe banana (1 large banana)
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
• 1/2 cup (125 ml) all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/2 tsp (2 ml) baking powder
• 1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray sides of an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan. Line bottom and two sides with parchment paper (to make a parchment paper sling for easy removal).
Combine chocolate and butter in medium glass bowl. Microwave at Medium for 1 minute or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in sugar, then mashed banana until blended. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.
In a smaller bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; stir into chocolate mixture until dry ingredients are completely moistened. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
Cool pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Run spatula around edges, carefully lift parchment paper sling of brownies to wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 16 squares.