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Sep062012

Fudgey Banana Brownies

Alright cupcakes, let's lay all our cards on the table. This is a safe place. Circle of trust. (If you happen to be out mother, you might want to stop reading now).

Although 99% (er...90ish) of our baking is from scratch, elbow grease, nose to the grindstone business, there is a time and a place for shortcuts. And by shortcuts we mean boxed baking mixes. (You were warned Mom).

You wanna know an excellent time for boxed baking mixes? Vacation.

Here's why. We're thrifty gals (um, just go with it). And being thrifty gals, baking on vacation in an uber under-supplied beach house rental kitchen would require us spending far more than we'd like to. Or perhaps far more than we can. No but really we couldn't live without those earrings. Or those shoes.

Seriously, stocking up on pans, baking soda, brown sugar, good chocolate - it can really set a gal back.

Enter the boxed brownie. Slapped together with a little bit of creativity and some bananas we bought for our healthy beach vacation breakfasts (er...no comment) we ended up with something rather superb.

These brownies are probably the most deliciously soft and fudgey boxed baked goods we've ever had. And that's coming from a team who have a serious affection for Funfetti.

So if you find yourself in need of a little help, a little shortcut, give these banana brownies a try.

Circle of trust cookies.

Fudgey Banana Brownies
Makes 16 brownies
Adapted from The Cake Doctor  

Print Recipe

1 box of brownie mix (we used Ghirardelli Double Chocolate)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 8 x 8 square baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, butter, eggs, bananas and nuts if using. Mix until fully incorporated. You do not need to add anything else despite what the box may say (no oil or water).

Bake brownies for 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a cooling rack. Brownies should still be soft in the center.

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Reader Comments (10)

Good chocolate can definitely be pricey, although it's always worth it! I'll definitely give these brownies a try though (I have a box of this exact mix in my pantry for emergencies). I love that they are so thick and fudgey!

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJusteen

I'm glad you experimented! This looks awesome. And to me Ghirardelli brownies are always expectable - they're truly the best!

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Delicious! That is the only brownie mix I use :)

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

These sound wonderful! Ghirardelli brownies are delicious!

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica@AKitchenAddiction

Omg i loove bananas! Have you tried peanut butter banana oatmeal raisin cookies before? They are to die for! Great joB!

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimplyBakes

OMG all your recipes look deliciously deadly! I am so happy (and very sad) I stumbled across your blog. YUMMMM!

nelly :)

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternelly

Yum! I love taking a boxed mix and using different addins. I've never tried banana yet looks good!

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I love brownies! The pictures made me really hungry!

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterinigo boy

Ohhh DELICIOUS!! I love the addition of the bananas and that totally makes it suitable for breakfast - - and it makes it healthy too ... right?
:) great recipe girls!!

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiving The Sweet Life

What a great idea! They look lovely and squidgy. Yum x

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDi - The Bluebell Cafe UK

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