I was looking for a fun recipe I could convert into baking in cast iron for my entry into Lodge Cast Iron’s #CreepyCastIron Halloween contest. I loved this Paleo Monkey Bar recipe by The Paleo Mom, I just made a few taste tweaks per my personal taste preference. You can follow the link above for her version, mine is below. I made it two different ways, and prepared for presentation three different ways. For the creepy version, I used the drizzle to make spider webs and I made a black widow spider, using a Justin’s nut butter cup and dark cacao chips, baked in cast iron. The other versions were baked in vintage pyrex dishes. I took one dish to the firestation for my husband, no chocolate chips added to the batter for them, and another I put in a Halloween tin to share with neighbors. No matter how you make these, they will not disappoint.
BEST PART ABOUT THESE: they are paleo, primal, low carb, low sugar, and grain/gluten/dairy and sugar free. Woowoo!
BANANA NUT BLONDE BROWNIES (One batch makes about 18-24 brownies)
- 2 large over-ripe bananas
- 1/2 c crunchy cashew butter (or any kind of nut butter)
- 3 eggs (I prefer Sugar Plum Ranch eggs)
- 1/4 c coconut oil
- 1 c cashew meal (or almond meal/flour)
- 3 tbsp sifted coconut flour (sift first, then measure)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 c mini chocolate chip (I used dark cacao bar broken into pieces and bits)
- Optional- 1/4 c cashew bits
- 2 OZ dark chocolate (I used dark cacao bar broken into broken bits)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Optional- sub half coconut oil and use half raw honey for sweeter bite
HOW TO DO IT
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease whatever kind of pan you are using. I greased the bottoms and the sides. I used three different pans. a 10-12″ round cast iron skillet will work great. Grease well, even if properly seasoned. I also used an 8×8″ and a 9X13″ Pyrex bakers. The thicker your brownie (smaller the vessel), you’ll need to adjust your time by a couple of minutes.
- Peel bananas and mash really well with a fork until mushy and smooth. In a large bowl, add banana, eggs, coconut oil, cashew butter, cashew meal, sifted coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix completely. Add in chocolate chips and optional nuts.
- Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Spread evenly to edges.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes depending on depth of your pan.
- Prepare chocolate drizzle by melting chocolate into coconut oil. Drizzle on brownies while still in the pan, or cool first, cut into squares, and drizzle individually.