Chunky Monkey Brownies
Chunky Monkey Brownie Recipe
So it’s official, I’ve gone bananas! I thought coming up with a brownie recipe to share would be quick and easy, but it’s proven to be more difficult than I expected!
I’ve had a million ideas competing in my head, German Chocolate, Rocky Road, Mississippi Mud, Toffee Blondies, all yummy brownies. Inspired by a bowl of over-ripe bananas and mini peanut butter cups in the pantry, my version of Chunky Monkey Brownies, has me swinging through the trees!
I can’t decide, sweet chunks of banana, crunchy peanuts, surprise peanut butter cups, or fudgy frosting, what’s the best part? Well, let’s not monkey around. Here’s the how-to so you can decide for yourself.
Step 1. Create the Brownie Batter Base
First, prepare your oven by preheating to 350˚F. Then, grease and flour a 9×13-inch pan.
In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter and cocoa. Cool slightly. Mix flour and sugar together. Add the chocolate mixture to the flour and sugar. Start beating and add the eggs one at a time, blending well after each one until batter is smooth.
Step 2. Finish the Batter
Fold in your vanilla and bananas and your batter is ready to go!
Step 3. Preparing for Baking
Pour half the batter into your prepared pan and spread it out, then gently push peanut butter cups into the batter. After that, add the rest of the batter to the pan and spread it out to cover all of the peanut butter cups.
Step 4. Baking the Chunky Monkey Brownies
Bake at 350˚F for 30-35 minutes. Do not over-bake. Brownies can be slightly sticky to the touch.
Step 5. Adding the Final Touches
While your chunky monkey brownies are hot, make the frosting. It’s easy to make so it shouldn’t take long. Once it’s done, pour it over your hot Chunky Monkey Brownies and sprinkle with chopped dry roasted peanuts.
Enjoy Your Chunky Monkey Brownies!
With a peanut butter cup surprise in every brownie and delicious banana chunks in each bite, how could you not love these? Let me know what your favorite part of these chunky monkey brownies is!
Also, don’t forget to serve your brownies with a cold glass of milk! Or, if you want to be the ultimate chunky monkey fan, try this banana chocolate chip smoothie!
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Chunky Monkey Brownies
- Preheat oven to 350˚F/175°C. Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan. In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter and cocoa. Cool slightly. Mix flour and sugar together. Add the chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well and add eggs, one at a time, blending well after each egg until batter is smooth. Fold in vanilla and chopped bananas.
- Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Gently push peanut butter cups into the batter. Add the remaining batter and smooth to cover the peanut butter cups. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Do not over-bake, brownies can be slightly sticky to the touch.
- Quickly make the frosting. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa, and milk. Heat to boiling while stirring. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until frosting is smooth. Pour over hot brownies. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Cool and cut into 24 brownies.