Life in general has been pretty stressful for me lately. I work an overnight shift, which is hard enough on me, but when you add desperately looking for a new job that pays well enough and is in my field to the mix, stress is like the sun invading my room when I’m trying to fall asleep after coming home from work at 6am – ever present and impossible to block out.
I was offered a job on the spot in an interview the other day, but unfortunately the starting wage is much lower than I’m willing to compromise for, and with my application in at another job I’m dying to get, I’ve decided to suck it up and deal with overnights a little longer.
But still, stress, dude.
And when I get stressed, I bake.
Naturally, I made brownies. But not just any brownies. These taste like banana bread, but with the consistency of a thick, succulent brownie. Hot damn, it’s awesome.
Plus, my brownies are sweetened only with bananas and dates, so you really don’t have to worry about the added sugar maple syrup or honey normally gives to a paleo baked good. I mean, eat the whole pan and you probably still won’t feel guilty. I didn’t.Print
- 3 bananas
- 2 eggs
- 10 dates
- 1/4 c coconut oil, melted
- 2 c almond flour
- 1 Tb cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 Tb cacao (double for all-chocolate brownies)
- 1/8 c Enjoy Life chocolate chips (double for all-chocolate brownies)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Prepare 9X9 baking pan (oil/line with parchment paper/whatever)
- Blend bananas, eggs, and dates in a blender
- In large bowl, combine dry ingredients – EXCEPT cacao and chocolate chips
- Add coconut oil and banana/egg/date mixture to dry ingredients and combine
- Pour half of mixture into baking pan
- Add cacao and chocolate chips to reserved half and mix, then pour into baking pan
- Bake for 30-40 minutes
I prefer to make these two-toned – only half is packed with chocolate. To me, that helps it taste more like banana bread rather than having the chocolate overpower that flavor. However, if you want to make these all chocolate (can’t blame you), simply double the amount of cacao and chocolate chips. Add cacao when stirring dry ingredients, and add the chocolate chips before pouring into the baking pan. Done deal.