Chocolate, Rum and Banana Brownies:
I 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.
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.