Banana Brownies

So those bananas are on the turn and you are tired of banana bread? Well here is a nice simple alternative that all the family will enjoy and can be dairy free as well so bonus!!

I asked some friends to try out this recipe and share their results. This was their combined efforts and so chuffed with how well they all came out:

Top Tips!

  • Great way to use up bananas
  • Make double as they go quickly!
  • Use 2 tablespoons of apple sauce per egg for vegan version
  • If your oven runs hot reduce heat to 170c
  • You can add 100g of chocolate chips to be even more chocolatey
  • Equally you can add 100g of cinder toffee, fudge(finely chopped) or glace cherries for a more decadent brownie


“These were a HIT with everyone, great recipe!!  My daughter has even asked for one in her lunchbox for school.  A little too moreish though, am not sure they’ll be around for long!”

“I’m amazed I made them….and they taste soooo good!! My little helpers, one banana lover and one banana hater could have inhaled the lot given the chance!!”

These were a hit! I had to put a big note on them saying don’t eat until I’ve taken a photo!


Example of Dairy free chocolate
  • 175g unsalted butter (or use dairy free butter)
  • 180g brown sugar
  • 200g dark chocolate ( you can use Kinnerton dairy free or Green & Blacks dark chocolate 80% which contain no dairy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas, ripe (large, or 3 small bananas)
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder ( I like to use Bournville or Cadburys)


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 356f
  • Line a square baking tin with baking paper
  • Combine the butter, sugar and chocolate in a large pan over a gentle heat and stir until melted and smooth.
  • Remove pan from heat and allow to cool a little
  • Stir in the eggs, bananas and vanilla and mix well, I have used an electric mixer on a low setting
  • Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and fold into mixture
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 35 minutes (depending on how large your bananas are and how hot your oven is)
  • Check with a knife and doesn’t have to come out clean but not gooey
  • Allow the brownies to cool in the tin before slicing.
  • I store my brownies in the fridge to keep fresh and suitable for freezing.

If you want more recipe ideas check out my Instagram feed @irishbookmammy

I want to take the opportunity to thank my lovely friends for their contribution to this blog Esther de Perlaky, Tori Reynolds and Philly Jackson well done and thank you Kyriaki Protopapa for offering to eat the brownies lol!!

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