Bananas + Chocolate = the best. + Bacon = even better. I had some aging bananas that needed to be eaten, so I decided to make banana bread – one of my favorite things to eat! However, I don’t really like to eat anything made with nuts, almond flour or anything coconut. I am terrible at being Paleo, I know. I finally came up with the idea to make some Banana bread with a twist – chocolate & bacon. The ingredients kept coming to me, piece by piece, and I finally put the recipe together. However, upon eating this “bread”, I decided they were too moist and delicious to be called bread. So I changed the name to brownie, which most people like better anyways. Recipe is below!

Paleo Banana Chocolate & Bacon Brownies

[Nut free (if not adding almond butter), dairy free, grain free, sugar free, soy free.]

Ingredients

  • Wet Ingredients
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 2-3 eggs (I used 3, and my brownies turned out a little eggy… so 2 might be better to use)
  • 4 Tbsp bacon fat (or you could use coconut oil, but bacon makes it taste 7892632 times better)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (optional)

  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tbps tapioca/arrowroot flour
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 4-5 bacon strips, extra crispy

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Cook your bacon strips on the stove top & gather the leftover bacon fat. Once the bacon is cooled down, put the strips in a plastic bag and smash to pieces. Set aside for later. Combine 3-4 tablespoons of the fat with the bananas, and mash up as much as you can. Grease a glass pan (I used a bread pan, you could use an 8×8 brownie pan) with the leftover bacon fat, making sure a little is left on the bottom of the pan (**This is necessary, because your brownies soak up the extra bacon fat. yum). Combine the rest of the wet ingredients with a mixer (or blender). There still might be some banana chunks left over, but that’s ok.

Mix Ingredients

Mix all of the dry ingredients together and slooowwwly add to the wet ingredients. I say slowly, because your face will be engulfed in a cloud of cacao powder if you try to mix everything in at once. I know, from experience. Mix in half of the bacon bits into the bowl. **If you added chia seeds, let them soak up a little of the moisture before baking. Pour batter into pan (I used a bread pan and 2 mason jars, for eating chocolate bacon heaven on the run) and top with the remaining pieces of crushed up bacon.

Place in oven and bake for 25-35 minutes, being careful not to over cook. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes (psh, who does that??), topping with (optional) chocolate chips, maple syrup or honey. I honestly don’t know how many people this serves, but when creating the recipe, I put that it serves 8. Macros/Calories per serving are posted below. Enjoy!

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