It’s been a while I baked anything with bananas. I felt that I have showcased enough banana breads on this blog to a point that I’m running the risk of being in a baking rut. So I gave the banana related baked goods a rest. A very long rest.
However, the urge to re-ignite my love for banana baked goods happened during my 5 hours road trip from the Orange to Newcastle. I usually think of blog content when I was in a confined space, namely in a long road trip or train ride. I don’t usually drive long distance. At the same time, I don’t want to talk till my beloved’s ears bleed for more than an hour ha! Hence, for me, thinking of blog content seems to be the most productive thing to do.
Then I thought of what I wanted to add in this imaginary banana baked goods that I wanted to bake. Hmmm…. I feel like moist decadent chocolate brownie. Say banana chocolate brownie. But I wanted to be a “healthier” version say with olive oil. So I typed in these key words: banana, chocolate, oil and there were a good number of recipes came up. After browsing through the search results, I decided on vegan friendly, dairy free and egg free brownies. Seems like an impossible baking recipe but it surely worked. With that said, the “batter” seems a little dryer than the conventional butter and egg based batter, which reminds me of a muffin batter.
Dairy Free, Egg Free & Vegan Friendly Banana Brownies
(Recipe adapted from about.com, with some ingredients being left out)
What you’ll need:-
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas [about 2 x 240g (8 ounces) unpeeled bananas]
- 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk/almond milk
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or canola oil)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 3/4 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350F/ 180C. Line a square pan with baking paper, and lightly grease the unlined area.
In a large mixing bowl, add mashed ripe bananas, soy milk, olive oil, vanilla extract and salt and whisk with a fork until well combined. Then add the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and cocoa powder. Mixing until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean. (Mine took about 20 minutes). Allow brownies to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before cutting into squares and serving.