I wasn’t sure what to cool this post. 3 ingredient brownies? 20 minute brownies? How about…SUPER FUDGY BROWNIES. Because they are super rich, decadent, fudgy, thick, and ultra chocolatey – just as brownies should be!
The ingredients for these brownies are pretty much the same for my simple 3 ingredient chocolate chip muffins. Due to the short ingredients list, this will be a pretty short blog post! Let’s get started.
Step 1 of 1: Blend Everything
Ready for those 3 magical ingredients?
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup + 2 TBS of unsweetened cocoa powder
The best bananas to use will be brown and spotty. Green bananas will not work here! Spotty bananas are always best for baking. Similarly, natural peanut butter is best (unsalted, unsweetened, no other additives). I haven’t tried this recipe with other nut butters, but I’m pretty sure others would work too such as almond butter, hazelnut butter, etc.
Finally, make sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder. This recipe is simple and healthy as-is. No need to use ingredients that have extra sugar! But this is just my personal preference.
Throw everything in a large blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. I happen to have a Vitamix blender that comes with a tamper (long stick) for blending really thick things. I had to use mine to make sure all of the ingredients blended thoroughly and got pushed down towards the blades.
This mixture will be very thick in the end, so you may even want to blend in batches.
Once everything is smoothly blended, pour it into an 8×8 baking dish lined with parchment paper. You’ll want to use a spoon or spatula to make sure you get all of the batter out of your blender! Like I said, this batter will be very thick, and sticky, so make sure to get it all!
Final step: Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes.
Healthy Fudgy Brownies
And that’s it! I recommend letting the brownies cool down all the way (or almost all the way) before cutting into them. But brownies are sooo good when they’re still warm fresh out of the oven, so I won’t judge if you eat them right away like I did. 😉
I like that these fudgy brownies are simple. There are only 3 ingredients, you probably have them all at home right now, and you know what all those ingredients are. No hidden fillers, extra sugar, ingredients you can’t spell, etc. Just simple whole foods ingredients.
I also love the end texture. They are very thick (and if you’re like me, you may even double the recipe from time to time to make EXTRA thick brownies). They’re almost like fudge slices, more than brownies. I wasn’t sure if they fell in one category more than the other. Maybe if I chose to freeze these they could be called fudge bars? I’m not sure… but baking them worked out great so I think calling them fudgy brownies is just fine!
That pretty much sums up this quick post. If you try these fudgy brownies, I hope you like them and find them to be as simple and easy to make as I did. Enjoy!
- 6 very ripe bananas
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- ½ cup + 2-4 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder*
- Optional: ¼ cup of chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (the mixture will be very thick and sticky)
- Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops start to slightly crack
- Cool completely before serving
I recommend using peanut/nut butter that is unsweetened. You may also want to soften your nut butter in the microwave for a few seconds prior to blending.
The ingredient amounts listed above make these brownies thick like in the pictures. If you want less thick brownies, simply cut all ingredient amounts in half.
The extra 2-4 TBS of cocoa powder give the brownies a richer taste. You can omit if this is not your preference.