Baking,  Desserts

Easy Oreo-Banana Brownies

Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie mains

Have you ever come across those brownie recipes that require you to melt chocolate and butter over a pot of simmering water? Where you have to whisk the mixture continuously for what seems like eternity til they become melted and smooth?

I have, and this recipe is not one of them.

In this recipe, all the equipment you need are: a large mixing bowl, a ladle and a lined 8 x 8 baking pan. Promise. And the recipe goes like this: Dump, stir, pour, bake. That’s it.

Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie pan

No need for simmering water, an electric mixer, a whisk.. not even chocolate.

Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie cut

I used good quality cocoa powder in this recipe, plus 2 teaspoons of instant coffee mix to bring out the chocolate flavour even more. With the addition of coffee, the brownie is now richer, and the chocolate notes more pronounced. The interior is fudgy and not at all cakey, and the bananas add another dimension to the flavour.

Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie verticle

When cutting brownies, be sure to use a PLASTIC KNIFE. I promise you that your brownie squares will cut cleanly. Also line your baking pan with aluminium foil with the sides hanging out, for easy removal after baking. I don’t bother greasing the pan and I don’t have to cross my fingers.

I want to add though, that if making brownies from scratch is not your thing, you can grab a box of brownie mix and add in the bananas and oreo cookies yourself. Yeah I said that. I’ve made loads of delicious brownies from Betty Crocker, and if it saves you time and money I say go ahead and make that brownie from a box!

Today I have chosen to make these from scratch. Read on for the recipe!

Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie main

Easy Oreo-Banana Recipe
Makes 16 squares in a 8 x 8 pan

What I used:

3 medium bananas, (2 mashed and added to batter, 1 broken up to scatter)
16 whole oreo cookies, 5-6 more broken pieces to scatter
3/4 cup all purpose flour (105 grams)
1 cup sugar (200 grams)
4 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (115 grams)
1/4 cup water (60 ml)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mash 2 bananas with a fork, then add all ingredients except oreo cookies and remaining banana and mix well. I used a serving ladle to mix, about 50-60 strokes.
3. Line your 8 x 8 baking pan with foil hanging out by the sides. Pour in about 3/4 of the batter and arrange whole oreo cookies like so:
Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie pan
4. Pour in remaining batter and scatter broken oreo and cut up bananas all over the top:
Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie
Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie sprinkle
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool completely and cut into 2 inch squares with a plastic knife:
Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie baked
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Are these easy to make or what? I don’t even bother about the sequence of adding the ingredients. I just add everything together in a large bowl, mix and bake. They’re the easiest brownies I’ve ever made (not counting the boxed versions, of course!), and they’re incredibly yummy. I have also made these with vegetable oil in place of butter and they taste great too. With the basic brownie batter, you can add in marshmallows, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and whatever tickles your fancy.

I love these, and I hope you try them!

Mar 9- Oreo Banana Brownie mains

4 Comments

  • lilian

    Hi, can I ask, the bakibg tray, must it be the shorter or taller one, or it doesnt matter?
    Also the aluminium, can I use baking sheet instead? Thx.
    1 more thing, which brand is ‘good’ quality brand cocoa powder.
    thx again

  • Chrissy- budgetpantry.com

    Hi Lilian! As long as your baking pan is 8×8 it doesn’t matter. About the “aluminium” and “baking sheet”, do you mean to ask if you could substitute the aluminium foil with baking paper? I recommend foil because I’ve heard about baking paper sticking strongly to brownies. For good quality cocoa powder, google Valrhona.

    Thank you for stopping by! -Chrissy

    • lilian

      Thx Chrissy for your reply. 1 more qn, the water, what is its purpose? To dilute the batter? Thx. I m trying to bake this today. Wish me luck

  • Chrissy- budgetpantry.com

    The water makes everything easier to mix and so that it won’t be overly rich (and fattening, if you will be substituting the liquid for butter). Good luck!

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