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Banana Bread Brownies with a Pretzel Crust


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This Pretzel Crusted Banana Bread Brownies recipe is the definition of ooey, gooey goodness. You can’t go wrong with a sweet/salty flavor combination – am I right?!

Chocolate Brownies are my love language. Milky Way Brownies, Mint Brownies, Cookie Dough Brownies – fresh from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it 100% impossible for me to pass up every.time. These banana bread brownies are a delicious variation that needs to happen in your home this week!

I can’t think of a better way to start your week than by whipping up a batch of these Banana Bread Brownies.  A crunchy pretzel crust with a fudgy banana brownie topped with the most heavenly hazelnut chocolate ganache ever created. These brownies are absolute heaven in a pan!

Where are my Nutella lovers at??

As if the pretzel crust and fudgy brownie wasn’t enough – the ganache on top of these brownies is made AMAZING thanks to a jar of Nutella.  Yes, an entire jar of Nutella!  (I know, I didn’t think you would mind!)

Here is the delicious recipe –

Pretzel Crusted Banana Bread Brownies

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A crunchy pretzel crust with a fudgy banana brownie topped with the most heavenly hazelnut chocolate ganache ever created. These banana bread brownies are absolute heaven in a pan!


for the crust – 

  • 3 cups pretzels
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

for the brownies – 

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons coffee, prepared
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

for the ganache

  • 13 oz. Nutella
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large food storage bag, add pretzels and seal. Crush into small pieces with rolling pin or heavy spoon.
  3. Add pretzel crumbs to 9×13 pan and drizzle with 5 tablespoons melted butter. Stir to combine and then press onto bottom of pan to form crust. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, melt 3/4 cup butter. Stir in cocoa, coffee, sugar, vanilla, banana and eggs.
  5. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until just combined.
  6. Pour brownie batter on top of pretzel crust and carefully spread to edges.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until brownies are set.
  8. Let brownies cool completely.
  9. In medium bowl, add Nutella and whipping cream and microwave for one minute.
  10. Whisk together and then spread on top of cooled brownies.
  11. Refrigerate 3-4 hours prior to serving. The longer the brownies are refrigerated, the more set the ganache will be.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Melanie is the delicious food blogger from Melanie Makes. She loves to make everyday eats a bit more interesting, and believes that every dessert can be made better with chocolate ganache! Melanie was a food contributor on Somewhat Simple in  2014.

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