Not even I, queen of self-deception when it comes to the calorific content of food - specifically cake - can pretend that these Chocolate Banana Brazil Brownies (sort of) are healthy, but they are very, very good.
And if you want to do what I normally do and subscribe to the notion that fruit = 'healthy' in a cake context, these do have bananas in (squishy ones at that) and brazil nuts - which I always count as 'health' food after reading Nigella's homage to chocolate coated brazil nuts...
These started life, recipe-wise as Dan Lepard's Banana Blondies, from 'Short & Sweet' but it was too hot to start making toffee, and I didn't have any white chocolate in the cupboard...
Chocolate Banana Brazil Brownies
100g unsalted butter
200g milk chocolate chips
225g caster sugar
1 large egg
2-3 squishy-ish bananas (200-250g) chopped
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
225g plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
100g brazil nuts, roughly chopped
Line a 20cm square loose-bottomed tin, and pre-heat the oven to 170C.
Gently melt the butter and chocolate together, then scrape into a large bowl.
Add the sugar, the egg, vanilla and banana to the chocolate, and beat together till smooth ish (a few larger bits of banana will be fine.
Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl, add the brazil nuts and fold in.
Scrape all this into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 mins till the top is light, but there's still some squidge underneath.
Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into squares.