Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Banana Speculoos Microwave Brownie

I can't be the only person obsessed with the Starbucks chocolate smoothie, right? ... 

OK, I'm pretty sure 90% of the people reading this have no idea what I'm talking about.  Let me drop some knowledge: Starbucks makes protein shake smoothies!  The next time you go there, check out the menu and you'll find it.  It's pretty much overshadowed by any and every holiday/seasonal/espresso drink, but it's there.  (Speaking of holiday drinks, I got my gingerbread latte yesterday in my very first red Starbucks cup of the season!  It was initially a weird experience since I picked up my drink right next to a display offering coffee grounds in the flavor "Thanksgiving".  I was confused for a second and then realized that pop culture is now celebrating Christmas a month before Thanksgiving and two months before the actual Christmas day, which is sort of aggravating to me but...I'm digressing...)  Chocolate Smoothie.

This smoothie happens to be a chocolate banana protein shake (20g protein!).  I discovered this by accident one day when I was bored and scrolling through the Starbucks app on my phone.  Over the past year or two, I've become a consumer of protein shakes before, during, and/or after a workout, so finding this shake was exciting for me!  I admit that at first I didn't love the taste of it.  My taste buds were expecting a pretty sweet milkshake instead of a slightly sweetened and (relatively) good-for-you smoothie, but eventually I came to love it.

The other day I was looking for a quick snack to whip up and I came across this recipe for a Banana Nutella Microwave Brownie.  Right away, it reminded me of the Starbucks smoothie!  Alright, it's definitely not the same thing, but the flavors are sort of similar.

Then I realized I didn't have any Nutella in my pantry.  However, I do have crushed cookies in the form of Speculoos hanging around!  I picked that up instead and got to work.

Do the dang thing!

Banana Speculoos Microwave Brownie
slightly adapted from Erin's Food Files
makes 1 serving

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 oz chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Speculoos or Nutella

1) Add the banana into a mug and mash it with a fork.

2) Stir in the remaining ingredients.

3) Microwave on High for 30 seconds, then stir well with a fork.

4) Microwave 1-2 minutes more until it looks like a brownie.  (My brownie took an additional 1 minute 15 seconds for this step.)

5) Brownie will be very hot!  Let cool before diving in.


  1. I wonder if you could add protein powder to this... and make it "healthier"

    1. Oooh, I need to go out and get some protein powder now to experiment. That's a great idea!