These banana brownies are gooey, fudge like and chocolaty! They are made in one mixing bowl and take only 25 minutes total. These rich and decadent brownies are made with wholesome ingredients. Each bite is chocolate perfection!

Banana brownies.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These banana brownies are quick and easy to make.
  • Only one mixing bowl needed.
  • No dough chilling.
  • This recipe requires only pantry staple ingredients.
  • These brownies are rich and fudge like, but made with nutritious ingredients.
  • They are very chocolaty.
  • The banana adds moisture and a gooey texture.
  • This recipe is Paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free.
  • Check out these Avocado Brownies for another fun sweet treat!x

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for banana brownies. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use all natural creamy peanut butter made from only peanuts and salt. Do not use a brand with added sugar or oil. For Paleo, use almond butter or cashew butter. For nut free, use sunflower butter.

Use ripe bananas. If you have some extra, try these Banana Bread Brownies too!

One egg helps bind these brownies together. I do not recommend trying a Vegan egg replacement. For eggless, make these Vegan Brownies.

Cocoa powder adds even more chocolate flavor. Both regular and dark cocoa powder work well.

Pure maple syrup adds sweetness. If desired, use honey.

Vanilla extract adds a great homemade flavor.

Only half a teaspoon baking soda helps leaven these brownies slightly.

Lastly, fold in chocolate chips for more flavor. Use any type of chocolate chips. I love Hu Kitchen for dairy free, refined sugar free chocolate.

Bananas, cocoa and ingredients.

Health Benefits

These banana brownies are nutritious and healthy. Here are some of their health benefits.

Creamy nut butter is a great plant based protein source. In addition, peanut butter contains magnesium, Vitamin E and Vitamin B6.

Bananas are filled with antioxidants and potassium. Moreover, bananas contain soluble fiber. This helps you feel fuller longer.

Maple syrup is a great refined sugar free option. It is lower on the glycemic index than traditional white sugar.

These brownies are gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. In addition, they are flourless. These brownies can be made Paleo with almond or cashew butter.

Taste & Texture

These chocolate banana brownies are rich, decadent and naturally sweet. The two main flavors are chocolate and banana. The peanut butter flavor is also detectable.

These brownies are very gooey and fudge like. They are not dry or chewy.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except chocolate chips.

Step 3

Then, fold in the chocolate chips.

Healthy banana brownie batter.

Step 4

Spread brownie batter down into the lined pan. Smooth out on top.

Raw dessert in pan.

Step 5

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until brownies look barely set in the middle.

Baked dark chocolate dessert.

Step 6

Finally, remove from oven. Allow banana brownies to fully cool before slicing.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use natural nut butter made from only nuts and salt. Do not use brands with added sugar or oil.

Use ripe bananas. Do not use green bananas.

The brownie batter is fairly thick.

Smooth batter into an even layer before baking.

Do not over bake. They should look barely set in the middle.

Allow brownies to fully cool before slicing.

Square brownie with healthy ingredients.

How to Serve & Store

Serve banana brownies once fully cooled. They pair well with a drizzle of nut butter.

These brownies are rich and decadent. Consider serving with milk, whipped cream or ice cream.

Additionally, feel free to frost them.

Store brownies covered at room temperature for up to 48 hours.

Due to the banana, they will not last much longer at room temperature. Store in the fridge or freezer after 2 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you substitute banana for oil in brownies?

I have not tried substituting banana for oil in brownies.

Are they gluten free?

Yes, they are gluten free and flourless.

Which peanut butter should I use?

Use all natural creamy peanut butter. Use creamy, not chunky.

Can I use almond butter?

Sure!

Do they freeze well?

Yes, they do freeze well.

Stack of healthier brownies.

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Banana brownies.

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These banana brownies are rich, fudge like and decadent! They are quick and easy to make. Only one mixing bowl and no stand mixer required. They come out incredibly chocolaty and gooey!
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except chocolate chips. Batter will be pretty thick.
  • Then, fold in chocolate chips.
  • Spread brownie batter down into the lined pan. Smooth out on top.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until brownies look barely set in the middle. They will be gooey!
  • Finally, remove from oven. Allow brownies to fully cool before slicing.

Notes

  • Use all natural creamy peanut butter.  It should be made from only peanuts and salt.
  • If desired, replace with all natural almond butter or cashew butter.
  • Use ripe bananas for best results.
  • To keep this recipe dairy free and refined sugar free, use dairy free naturally sweetened chocolate chips.  I love Hu Kitchen (use ADDISON15 for 15% off their website).
  • The brownie batter will be much thicker than regular brownie batter.
  • Bake only until the middle looks barely set.  These brownies are meant to be gooey.
  • Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
  • Then, store in the fridge or freezer.
Calories: 167kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.001g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 106mg, Potassium: 173mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 16IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg

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