Monday, January 24, 2011

Healthy Chocolate Monkey Squares Makeover

I got this extremely cool pan for Christmas and decided it was time I tried it out.

I had some banana's that were looking a little past their prime, so I decided to tackle banana squares.  I gave this recipe a makeover by reducing the sugar, eliminating the butter and increasing the fibre.

Oh, the lessons I am learning this week in the kitchen.  Half way through the baking time, I realized that this recipe was way to much for my brownie pan.  It was overflowing with banana goodness.  I decided to increase the bake time (to about 40 minutes) and go with it. 
As a result, my square were huge (as you can see) and they didn't quite come out of the pan as easily as they should have.  They still tasted delicious.  Lots of flavour with just enough sweetness.  Although next time, I am going to half the recipe when I use this pan. :)

The recipe below is what you should do, if you want perfect squares :) 

Chocolate Monkey Squares (25 squares)

3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup applesauce
2  large ripe bananas, mashed
2 flax eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup white flour
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease an 9x13 pan

 Prepare flax egg and set aside.

Cream sugar, buttermilk, applesauce and banana.  Add flax egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, stir flours, wheat germ, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips.  Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined.

Pour batter into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool and cut into squares.

Nutritional Information  (Approx.)
86 calories
1.1 g fat
17.4 g carbs
2 g protein
1.1 g fibre

Stay Healthy, 


  1. No way, this pan is amazing! Please share where it came from!!

  2. I heart this pan! I have no idea where it came from, I got it as a gift, but I will find out and let you know :)

  3. Mmm!!! Looks so yummy! I have TWO of those pans! People keep getting them for me! Ha ha ha but they also work great for making cakes!

  4. This is my yummiest makeover yet, I hope you try them :) I totally need another pan. It would be great for making treats for a big crowd.



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