Banana Brownies

There was a really great sale on bananas. So  I,  forgetting temporarily that we hardly ever eat bananas, got a whole bunch. (As opposed to a half bunch. Ba-dum tiss.)

We left them untouched in our fruit basket, just sitting there, until they went from solid green… to splotchy brown. Fit for nothing but baked goods.

I had just resigned myself to a whole lot of banana bread, because I couldn’t bear to let all that healthy fruit go to waste, when my brain said, “haven’t we read something about how you can substitute bananas for eggs?”

Too true, brain! Ten points for Gryffindor! (Or Ravenclaw, whatever. Let’s not overthink this.)

My husband likes his brownies chewy, and my regular brownie recipe makes fudgy brownies, so I pulled up this recipe.

I also really love the kind of brownies that have the crumbly topping, so I pulled up this recipe, too.

I replaced the egg in BOTH recipes for 1 average-sized banana per large egg.

What I got was this:

Almost forgot I had to take a picture! Whoops lol
Almost forgot I had to take a picture! Whoops lol

It did need to be cooked some more, after this picture was taken, but that’s the nice thing about this idea– no raw egg! Just raw bananas. You could definitely taste the banana, but the consistency was nearly identical to if it had eggs. This would also be a good vegan alternative, fyi! 🙂

Put a smile on it!

My husband came up with a rather genius idea for chocolate chip snickerdoodles, a few days ago. I was intrigued, but  a little too busy with my own things to take time for something like cookies.

Then, not to wax all political on here, but suffice it to say, I was a little bummed about the election results. So I thought some delicious cookies were just the thing. 🙂

I heard good things from this snickerdoodle recipe, and I must say, it did NOT disappoint. So good!
My only change was that before I rolled the balls in cinnamon sugar (mine were about 1-1&1/2    inch balls) I pressed chocolate chips into them in the shape of a cute little smiley face. Then you just roll then in the cinnamon sugar, and make sure they get onto the pan face-up.

Bake exactly as directed, and give them at least a minute or two to firm up. They’re excellent both hot and cold.

See, what a cute little smile! And it’s made of chocolate. Bonus. <3

I’d recommend using 4-ish chips for the smile, if you do the cute faces,  since the dough flattens very evenly, you can really pack the chips in, and they’ll come out very nice.

These are probably my new favorite cookie! I’d have process pictures and everything, but it really was that simple. (Plus, we only had this cookie, plus half of one of his buddies left when I thought to snap a picture of it! They went fast.)