Banana and Dark Chocolate Brownies with Cocoa Icing

These Banana and Dark Chocolate Brownies offer a delightful twist on the traditional brownie recipe by incorporating ripe bananas for natural sweetness and added moisture. Infused with rich dark chocolate and an optional crunch from nuts, these brownies strike the perfect balance between indulgence and wholesomeness. Topped with a simple yet decadent cocoa icing, each bite is a treat for the senses.

Why You’ll Love This:

The use of banana not only enhances the flavor profile but also reduces the need for added sugar, making these brownies a healthier option for those looking to indulge responsibly. The dark chocolate provides a deep, robust flavor that complements the natural sweetness of the bananas, while the nuts add a satisfying texture. The cocoa icing adds a layer of richness that completes the dessert perfectly.

Perfect Occasion:

These brownies are ideal for any occasion where you want a sweet treat that feels indulgent yet mindful. Serve them at casual gatherings, as an after-dinner dessert, or pack them for a picnic. They are also great for holiday celebrations or as a thoughtful homemade gift.

Decoration Tips:

Before adding the icing, you can sprinkle some crushed nuts or banana slices on top of the brownies for extra texture and visual appeal. After icing, a light dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of melted chocolate can elevate the presentation, making these brownies a standout addition to any dessert table.


  • 150g banana, mashed
  • 130g dark chocolate, melted
  • 100g flour
  • 1 egg
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • Optional: Nuts (e.g., walnuts or pecans), chopped

For the Icing:

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (e.g., erythritol or sugar substitute)
  • 3-4 tbsp water


  1. Prepare the Oven and Pan:
    • Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F).
    • Grease a baking mold or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, crush the banana thoroughly and blend it with the melted dark chocolate.
    • Stir in the egg, then gradually add the flour, salt, and baking soda, mixing until just combined. If using, fold in the chopped nuts.
  3. Bake:
    • Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared mold.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  4. Prepare the Icing:
    • In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder, sweetener, and water until smooth and spreadable.
  5. Finish and Serve:
    • Allow the brownies to cool slightly in the mold.
    • Spread the cocoa icing evenly over the top of the brownies.
    • Cut into pieces and serve.

Enjoy these banana and dark chocolate brownies, a delightful blend of natural sweetness and rich chocolate, topped with a luscious cocoa icing for the perfect finish!

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