Chocolate Banana Brownies (Nut-Free, Grain-free, Vegan, Sugar-Free)

Today is the day that Group C is supposed to post their recipes in the Secret Recipe Club. I’m usually in Group B. Every once in awhile there is a blogger that has to back out at the last minute and today was apparently that day. Angie who hosts Group C contacted me, and asked me if I wouldn’t mind filling in, I checked out the blog – found something pretty quickly and I was out the door.

I seriously am really lucky, because I literally live in a neighborhood that is right behind a huge grocery store. So any ingredients I need to make something, are less than a 10 minute round trip away. I headed out the door before waiting to see if Angie was going to tell me that someone else was going to do it. Mostly because I knew if I waited, it would be a longer wait. I walked through the store collecting ingredients and silently praying she hadn’t asked someone else to do it. I was relieved when I got back home and found that she hadn’t, and that I was the one.

My blog for Group C’s Secret Recipe Club challenge is: The Mommy Bowl
Her blog is filled with all kinds of amazing Gluten Free, Vegan Free and even Sugar and Nut free recipes. It wasn’t easy finding something I wanted to make, there were so many amazing, awesome, yummy sounding recipes. I had to set a few rules the major one being I wanted to keep it simple since I was in a time crunch, but I almost immediately rested my eyes on her Banana Brownies, and I knew that no matter how hard I looked, that was what I was making.

Here is the awesome recipe – and side note, when you’re in a time crunch – don’t choose something that requires all this prep. LOL

Chocolate Banana Brownies
original recipe from The Mommy Bowl

2/3 cup (78 g) raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup (50 g) raw pumpkin seeds
2/3 cup (102 g) seedless dates
1/3 cup (30 g) cocoa powder
1 small, very ripe banana (about 88 g)
1 T. flax seed
3 T. hot water
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
I added 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips also

I’d like to take a moment, before I post the instructions to apologize that I didn’t take photos of all the steps. It was a time issue, more than anything. You all know I love posting photos with my recipes, so forgive me this time.

Onto the directions:

Preheat your oven to 350°. Spray oil an 8″ square pan and set aside. I cheated here a little, as I like using shortening to coat the edges of the pan, so that’s what I used.

In the bowl of a food processor, grind the sunflower and pumpkin seeds until you have a fairly fine powder. (This would probably work in a high speed blender, too. I don’t have one, though, so I can’t say for sure.) It did, I tried it.I did however have better luck with my mini grinder, it just took a little longer.

Add the dates and process until the dates are finely ground. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until you have a thick and sticky batter. It’s super sticky, so prepare yourself, it sticks to everything. LOL

Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top as much as you can. (It will be sticky.) Yes, yes it was, but I got it in there.

Bake for 18-24 minutes, until top is firm to the touch and edges are pulling away from pan slightly. (You won’t really see browning, unless you have a really good eye and look closely at the edges.) This is true, I just pulled it out at 18 minutes and checked it, stuck a knife in it, it still seemed a little sticky, so I stuck it back in for 3 more minutes. And it was done then.

Cool completely. Cut and serve. Makes about 9 brownies.

I couldn’t eat a whole one before I posted because they were still extremely hot, but I did taste a bite and it was actually super good. The consistency is different than that of a regular brownie, so that was different, but it was good. I’ll try and update this later this afternoon when the kids arrive home and tell ya what they think. She does mention smearing peanut butter on top, and I have to tell you, that is exactly what I am going to do – since we don’t have nut allergies here and since there isn’t any sugar in there. 😉

Update: Kids were a mixed party on this one. Only one of the five said it was good. Another one liked it with peanut butter, but the other three (the picky three, as I refer to them) did not care for these. So mixed reviews. The hubs wouldn’t try them once he heard they were healthy – is that funny? He didn’t believe me that I didn’t put something “gross in them”.

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  1. deanna.schneider says

    Thanks so much for jumping in at the last minute to make something from my blog. I looked this morning and couldn’t find any posts from my blog and I was sad. :( But, I’m happy you were able to find something. Most of my recipes are fairly quick to make, if you’re an experienced baker. :)

    • DailyDishRecipe says

      @deanna.schneider Deanna, I loved your blog. I am super excited I got to do it. I’m only sorry it didn’t get up sooner and that you didn’t have one up this morning so you could find it. I know how that feels. Anyway, I really enjoyed making this, and I might begin making them this way. I am definitely an experienced baker, what I am not, is familiar at all with the gluten free lifestyle – that was new and it was fun to learn, but I was slow about it. LOL

      Thanks for an awesome blog!!

    • DailyDishRecipe says

      @bigbearswife You’re welcome, and I enjoyed it. Anytime you need anything Angie, you just let me know. 😉

    • says

      The brownies were awesome. I did try something different with them later in the afternoon and I did do what I said I would do and I smeared peanut butter over this batch… that made them exactly perfect. :)

  2. SoVerySheri says

    Ok, you have me curious and I love both used in this combo plus peanut butter is one of the best creations ever!

    • DailyDishRecipe says

      @SoVerySheri Sheri, they are really different. The peanut butter is AMAZING on them. I LOVE peanut butter on almost everything… clearly there is some places it doesn’t work 😉

  3. AbigailCristo says

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to make this for my nephew who has ALL SORTS of allergies. It’s so hard finding recipes that are gluten free, egg free, dairy free and don’t taste nasty!

  4. Prince Smith says

    Love this recipe! I would truly love to create this one on my own. Thanks a lot for sharing this delicious recipe! :)


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