Going Bananas about Brownies

Chocolate, Rum and Banana Brownies:

Chocolate and Rum Banana BrowniesI am a big fan of the flavour combination of Chocolate, Rum and Banana.  I’ve already made a muffin recipe along those lines, but I wanted to experiment and try making brownies because I rather like having a few in the freezer that I can pull out and defrost for a quick pudding.  So, when Sainsbury’s got in contact and asked me to make a recipe using bananas, it was the perfect excuse.  All Sainbury’s bananas are fairtrade and I also used Green and Blacks cocoa powder and a bar of Green and Blacks chocolate for this recipe.   I was rather taken by the idea that someone was signing all the bananas too in the Sainsbury’s Video – and you know the first one has MY name on it too.  

Using fruit in recipes means you can reduce the amount of processed sugar.  I particularly like bananas when they have been softened in the oven with some rum, but if you were making this recipe for kids, you could switch the rum for baking the bananas with a little orange juice and then add extra milk to the batter.  It’s definitely worth using a good quality chocolate and cocoa powder – apart from continuing with the fairtrade theme, a high cocoa level bar like Green and Blacks chocolate will add a richness to the finished brownies.  And, I’ve used coconut oil in this bake because in theory it is a healthy oil that can help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol and, more significantly because it has no nasty aftertaste.

Chocolate Rum Banana Brownies


  • 100-150ml Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil (Or sunflower oil)
  • 150g Chocolate Chips
  • 250g Wholemeal Flour
  • 200g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 100g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Large Bananas
  • 100ml Rum
  • 1 pinch salt


Step 1 Peel the bananas and put them in a foil parcel with a tablespoon of the rum. Put them in the oven and bake at 180c for 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and turn the heat of your oven to 200c.
Step 2 Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together and stir through the brown sugar
Step 3 Mash the bananas and add the coconut oil to the warm mash. Mix well. Now stir in half of the milk and the remaining rum.
Step 4 Break the chocolate into small chunks
Step 5 Stir the banana mixture into the flour and cocoa powder and mix well. Add more milk as necessary to get a 'dropping' consistency.
Step 6 Stir through the chocolate chunks
Step 7 Line a 9 inch square brownie pan with silicon baking paper
Step 8 Baked Brownies
Pour in the mixture and place in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top is just starting to crack
Step 9 Take the brownies out and leave in the tin for 5 minutes, before marking out squares (I made 16 brownies) and turning out onto a wire rack
Step 10 Once cool, place in an airtight tin or freeze immediately
Step 11 I like these zapped in the microwave for 30 seconds and served with a good dollop of cream

OK, so this isn’t REALLY a healthy recipe – but it’s healthier than brownies made without any fruit.  And, the end result is really very good – isn’t there something that shows feeling good is a good way to stay healthy?


Disclaimer:  I was supplied with a voucher by Sainsbury’s to provide the ingredients for this post.



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  1. says

    Hmmmm, yum! I like your suggestion of using bananas and rum… just thinking of all your ingredients makes me want to run to the store and begin making these brownies today! I like how you suggest using high quality chocolate, and fair trade products. All in all, I’m so glad I came here today – thanks!

  2. Pamela Morse says

    The best brownies I have made have been vegan with blueberries..this is similar and I bet it is delicious. Thanks, Fiona!!

  3. says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe on so many counts! Adore brownies, my guilty pleasure and as brownies go this is a pretty guilt-free recipe. Great idea using coconut oil, I’ve baked a few times with it to glorious results. Loving the banana addition and wholemeal flour. And as for rum, I really think I need to try this and squirrel them away from the kids. Pinned!

  4. says

    Mmmn, I love the idea of using wholewheat flour, bananas and rum with some really good quality chocolate/cocoa. A great recipe and as you say, handy to pull out of the freezer for a quick dessert.

  5. says

    I’ve become rather a fan of using banana in brownies, but will now make sure that next time I do, I add rum. What happened to the can’t bake, won’t bake ….?

  6. says

    Chocolate, rum, banana brownies sound divine Fiona and i like that it is healthier than your conventional brownie recipe – makes me feel less guilty when I’m tucking into them.

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