Banana bread brownies are the perfect way to use up leftover fruit

Apr 24, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Brownies are my weakness. If I make them in the house, I'm sure to almost eat them all before I even think about sharing them. I love their fudgy texture and how they are packed full of chocolate flavor. They're every chocolate lover's dream.

Luckily for me, I have a few good recipes that always satiate my craving. However, this recipe is new and quickly becoming a household favorite. The mix uses mashed bananas so it gives a nice, tropical taste right smack in the middle of a typical-looking brownie. Plus I topped them all with sweet cinnamon-cream cheese frosting. How can you help but love this dish?

banana bread brownies

Banana bread brownies with cream cheese frosting recipe

These brownies are packed with banana bread flavor, speckled with dark chocolate chips and topped with luscious cream cheese frosting.

Serves 6-8

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 30 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

For the brownies

  • 1 box dark chocolate brownie mix
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 ripe, brown bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

For the frosting

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

For the brownies

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. To the bowl of an electric mixer, add the dry brownie mix, unsalted butter, mashed banana and eggs.
  3. Mix together until fully combined, and then stir in the dark chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for about 30 minutes, until fully cooked.
  5. Let cool, and top with cinnamon-cream cheese frosting.

For the frosting

  1. To the bowl of an electric mixer, add the butter, cream cheese and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Top the brownies, and enjoy.

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