Banana Bread Brownies

I was an inspired this past week by a Pinterest post.  When I saw the picture of  banana bread bars with icing…I COULD NOT WAIT to make them.  Click here for the original recipe!  I admit, I am impulsive at times.  Some may say that being impulsive is a bad thing BUT most of the time it works for me! 🙂  If I see something I want, I go get it.  Right then!   When I am inspired by a recipe or even about a work project…I get moving RIGHT away…  So…enough about me, really…

How do these Banana Bread Brownies look to you?  I couldn’t wait to dig in…so I didn’t.  Ha! 🙂banana bread brownies

Yum, right?

I like to mash my bananas with my potato masher.  They get nice and mushy.

mashing banana I love walnuts in banana bread, do you?  If not, just don’t add ’em. blending ingredBut really the best part of this recipe is the browned butter icing. Seriously, this icing is ridiculously good. These Banana Bread Brownies with browned butter icing were so tasty!  The icing makes them very decadent….feel free to enjoy the brownies without it too.

banana bread brownies

I did use Chobani Greek yogurt in this recipe.  The entire 6 ounce container contains about 5 grams of lactose so should not pose a problem for most FODMAPers spread out in the entire recipe, however,  feel free to sub in lactose free yogurt.

Banana Bread Brownies


  • 4 just ripe bananas, peeled (overly ripe bananas contain fructans)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or vegetable oil of choice
  • 6 ounce Chobani non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups gluten free flour (I used Trader Joe's gluten free all purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Icing:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla paste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
  2. Lightly oil 8 x 8 square pan.
  3. Mash bananas with fork or potato masher until creamy in medium size bowl.
  4. Add in sugar, butter or oil, yogurt vanilla and eggs until blended.
  5. Slowly add in flour and baking soda.
  6. Fold in walnuts.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 35 minutes. {You may want to cover with tin foil for the last 10 minutes of cooking to avoid over browning.}
  8. Prepare Icing: Brown butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Watching carefully and moving pan to move butter around while cooking. Remove from heat when butter is lightly browned.
  9. Let butter cool just a little -about 2-3 minutes.
  10. Stir in confectioner's sugar, milk and vanilla, blending until creamy with a fork, whisk or use electric beaters. (I used a whisk)
  11. Spread icing over warm brownies as it spreads easier.
  12. EAT!

So before I leave you today, I have a question for you.

What’s your earliest memory of blissful happiness?

For me, this brings up a childhood memory… running around my house with my  basset hound Max chasing after me!  Max was the first to show me what unconditional love is all about. I have always been an animal lover.  Here I am with one of my many childhood cats!photo

Don’t forget to get in some blissful happiness this week!  Start my making a list of what makes you blissfully happy!  Then go get some!