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Banana Split Brownie Bars

Craving a banana split, but want to avoid the melty mess they can turn into on a hot day? These brownies are sure to be your flavor fix — on the neat.

Banana Split Brownie Bars

All the flavors of a banana split without the mess that comes with a traditional ice cream topping. Banana Split Brownies are the perfect summertime entertaining
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Chill1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, Banana Split Brownies, Brownies, fruit, kid friendly, whipped cream
Servings: 16

Ingredients

THE BROWNIES, MELT

  • 1 ½ Sticks unsalted butter, sliced
  • 6 oz. Unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ¾ cups Granulated sugar
  • 4 Eggs

WHISK

  • 1 ¼ cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. Table salt
  • ½ cup Strawberry preserves
  • ½ cup Pineapple preserves

THE FROSTING, BEAT

  • 1 Stick unsalted butter, softened (8 Tbsp.)
  • ¼ tsp. Table salt
  • 1 Ripe (but firm) banana
  • 2 tbsp. Banana liquer
  • ¼ tsp. Distilled white vinegar
  • 3 ½ cups Powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp. Meringue powder
  • Chopped, dry-roasted peanuts
  • Maraschino cherries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil.
  • Melt 11⁄2 sticks butter and chocolate in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. When chocolate is almost melted, stir in granulated sugar until it dissolves. Off heat, whisk in eggs one at a time.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 1⁄4 tsp. salt.
  • Stir flour mixture into melted chocolate mixture in two batches. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Combine strawberry and pineapple preserves, then drop by the spoonful all over the batter. Pull a knife through the preserves and batter, alternated the direction on each row to marble it.
  • Bake brownies until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 minutes; let cool.
  • Beat butter and 1⁄4 tsp. salt with a mixer on high speed to combine.
  • Mash banana with liqueur and vinegar; alternately beat into butter with powdered sugar. Add meringue powder; beat until fluffy. Chill frosting until firm, 30 minutes.
  • Frost brownies with banana frosting and sprinkle chopped peanuts over frosting. Serve each brownie topped with a maraschino cherry, if desired.

Notes

  • It’s fine to leave the two preserves separate, alternately dolloping them before marbling.

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Written by Lisa Yarde

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