Call it hormones, call it stress but I felt as though the world was utter crap since there wasn't a crumb of chocolate anything anywhere in this place. Not so much as a hidden snickers in the fridge that I reserve for such moments as this when, like Harry Potter, I can't fight off the dementors and chocolate is the secret to reviving my soul. Yeah, it's been that kind of a week....
Worse yet, I really don't have a lot of "fun stuff" to work with....no cocoa nibs, no espresso powder, no toffee bits or peanut butter chips or marshmallows so every recipe I came across just exacerbated my feelings of woe and selfpity. Until I found this one...
Ramp up your oven to 350, SallySue, we're baking some chocolate chunk banana brownies...
In a mixer bowl, beat together
1 cup of sugar
1/3 cup oil
2 large very ripe bananas (lucky I saved some in the freezer)
Beat this until it's smooth, like this:
In a separate bowl, stir together
1 cup ap flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Now pour that into the mixer and blend until most of the dry is incorporated into the wet before adding 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips (you may also want to add a cup of chopped nuts if you have them but mine were busy watching tv).
Scrape this into a 9x13 baking dish that you have greased and plop it into the oven for 20-25 minutes. Don't wait for it to seem all dry in the center or you will over-bake it. Just let it set up enough that it is dry on the top and seems "firm-ish" (yeah, real descriptive, I know). Now, let it cool.
Once it is cool, you can dust it with powdered sugar or ice it with a buttercream. I seriously thought about whipping up some peanut butter buttercream (replace half your butter or shortening with pb) for a full-on Elvis pig out but they didn't make it that far....BECAUSE I WANT SOME DAMNED CHOCOLATE ALREADY!!!