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Banana Split Brownies

  • Yield: Makes about 24
Banana Split Brownies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 1996


  • 6 ounces best-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces best-quality unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mashed very ripe banana (1 medium banana)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with vegetable-oil spray. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil; remove from heat. Place both chocolates in a heat-proof bowl; set over saucepan. Stir occasionally until completely melted.

  2. Meanwhile, combine butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium-low speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 3 eggs; beat to combine. Scrape sides of bowl; add chocolate, 3/4 cup flour, and salt. Mix until just combined, 15 to 20 seconds, scraping sides of bowl once.

  3. In a food processor, process cream cheese until smooth and creamy, 25 to 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl using a rubber spatula; add egg yolk, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, remaining tablespoon flour, and remaining egg. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl; fold in mashed banana using a rubber spatula.

  4. Spread chocolate batter into prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula, make three trenches in batter, and fill with cream-cheese batter. To marble the top, run the tip of a knife back and forth across the two batters.

  5. Bake until set, about 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before cutting.

Reviews (4)

  • gitinoam 28 Oct, 2011

    I just made these and thought they were terrible. The recipe sounded so promising and we were all very disapointed.

  • sherlocksher 29 Apr, 2009

    I tried these brownies for company and they were terrible. I added fresh strawberries on the side to try and make them taste better.

  • lukezmom 25 Apr, 2009

    Hmmm, sounds good, though to be true to the name, I think I would probably at least add some nuts and maybe some seedless strawberry preserves swirled through as well. Sounds like a good basic recipe though, I can't wait to make them!

  • pomegranatesky6 4 May, 2008

    perfect and delicious

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