Chocolate Banana Brownies

This healthy moist chocolate banana brownies recipe makes fudgy, gooey chocolate banana brownies that are moist, healthy, and oh-so-delicious. It’s a perfect dessert, a tasty afternoon snack, or even a delicious breakfast! This is the best dairy-free, egg-free treat and it’s a satisfying scratch to your chocolate-craving itch.

Three chocolate banana brownies sit stacked on each other. There are bits of melted chocolate chips bursting from the sides of each brownies. A white bowl full of dark chocolate chips sits behind the brownies and some yellow bananas are behind that.

Shawn and I definitely enjoy our desserts. For example, there’s my indulgent Vegan Brownies recipe. Every bite is divine!

However, some days I prefer things less sweet. In fact, oftentimes I’m fine with a little bit of chocolate on a banana. That must have been what inspired me to try making chocolate banana brownies…combining my favorite flavors together.

If you doubt my appreciation for using bananas in recipes, you should see my Banana Chia Pudding recipe. It’s pretty, tasty, and healthy too! And there’s also my Vegan Banana Bread recipe. Of course, the house smells pretty amazing every time I bake a loaf of that bread!

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using whole wheat pastry flour adds the fiber and nutritional benefits of a whole grain while keeping these goodies delicious
  • Adding ripe bananas increases the sweetness without refined sugars
  • Adding applesauce keeps these treats extra moist and delicious from one bite to the next!

Healthy Banana Brownies

You know, I love making brownies with bananas because it checks off my favorite boxes:

  • Less Refined Sugar — thanks to the sweetness from bananas, we can get away with less refined sugar in this recipe
  • More Nutrients — Ingredients like bananas, chia seeds, and chocolate add more nutrients to every slice
  • Natural Egg Replacers — Bananas make a perfect egg replacer
  • Loaded with Flavor — Between the bananas, applesauce, chocolate chips, and more, each bite is full of delicious chocolatey flavor!

Now it’s time to discuss how to make these moist banana fudge brownies.

Three slices of chocolate banana brownies sit next to each other, each with a dollop of melted chocolate over the top. A white bowl full of chocolate chips sits nearby.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Chocolate Chips — use this dairy-free chocolate chips guide to find your favorites!
  • Vegan butter — I used vegan butter (Earth Balance), or you can use coconut oil.
  • Chia seeds — This is the egg substitute. You can substitute ground flax seeds.
  • Ripe bananas — You can get away with bananas that are not ripe, but you may need to add a little sweetener.
  • Applesauce — We want moist brownies and applesauce helps a lot!
  • Coconut sugar — I used coconut sugar because it may not impact blood sugar as much as processed sugars.
  • Whole Wheat Pastry Flour — If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, you can substitute half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour.

You can add 1/4 creamy peanut butter to transform these into chocolate peanut butter banana brownies.

How to Make Chocolate Banana Brownies

I could have called this a banana chocolate chip brownie because the vegan chocolate chips really contribute to the final flavor. Because the brownies are lightly sweetened, biting into the chocolate chips contributes to a sweeter tasting brownie.

Here are the key steps to make these brownies:

  1. Melt Chocolate — Melt the chocolate chips and vegan butter in a microwave and then Stir to combine. Then add the chia seeds.
  2. Add Bananas — Add ripe banana slices in with the chocolate and use a fork to mash the bananas against the side of the bowl. Stir in the applesauce and water.
  3. Mix Dry Ingredients — Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  4. Make the Batter — Stir together the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. You want a thick batter, but be prepared to add a tablespoon or two of water to make it spreadable.
  5. Bake —  Spread the batter evenly into a prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30–35 minutes until a butter knife or toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Marly’s Tips

You’ll want to decide if you’re going to mash the bananas with a fork or with the food processor. I used a fork and I was fine with a little chunkier banana bits throughout these cocoa brownies. If you want the banana more processed, just use your food processor.

Whole wheat pastry flour is being poured into a a bowl of chocolate batter. Bananas are in the background.

Reader Reviews

★★★★★
These turned out so yummy!

Michelle

★★★★★
I came across this recipe and was so happy to make it. It was super delicious. Can’t wait to eat more tomorrow morning for breakfast.

Jenny

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A spoon hovers over a brownie, drizzling melty chocolate over the top.

Making Banana Brownies Healthy

Let’s geek out on health a little. Here are some benefits you’ll find in these chewy chocolate banana brownies:

  • Bananas are a great source of fiber, potassium, and even more phytonutrients.
  • Dark chocolate is a good source of fiber, magnesium, iron, copper magnesium, and more surprises like selenium. Dark chocolate is full of organic compounds like polyphenols and flavonoids.
  • Chia Seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids, something we all need more of in our diet. But chia seeds are also an important source of calcium, magnesium, and even protein.
  • Fiber is found in most of the ingredients in these banana brownies, all the way down to the whole wheat pastry flour. Each bar includes 3 grams of fiber per serving.
  • Calories were reduced as much as possible (approximately 192 calories each bar). If you’re interested in reducing even more calories, reduce the coconut sugar to a half cup and the chocolate chips to a half cup, too. If you reduce the chocolate chips, be sure to add about a quarter cup of cocoa powder.

You know, healthy and deliciousness combined in the same recipe is just another reason to love these vegan banana brownies!

A slice of chocolate banana brownies with a dollop of melted chocolate over the top. A white bowl full of chocolate chips sits nearby.

Chocolate Banana Brownies

You're going to love these rich, moist chocolate banana brownies, filled with ripe bananas, nuts, and, of course, chocolate! Thanks to whole wheat four, these bars boast fiber, potassium, and other tasty nutrients making it both delicious and a healthier dessert alternative.
4.58 from 7 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 192kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter (see note for alternatives)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 medium ripe Bananas
  • ½ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar (see note)

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350°F/175°C. Spray a 9×9" square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Place 1 cup of chocolate chips and vegan butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir to combine the melted chocolate and vegan butter. 
  • Add the chia seeds to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. 
  • Slice the ripe bananas and add slices to the bowl with the chocolate. Use a fork and mash the banana slices up against the side of the bowl. Add the applesauce and water and stir this all together. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Stir to combine. 
  • Pour the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. Stir to combine. Add additional water if necessary, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach a desired, spreadable consistency. Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading it evenly across the pan.
  • Bake in the heated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until a butter knife or toothpick inserted in the middle, comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Optional: Melt additional chocolate and drizzle over the top.
  • Store banana brownies in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week. You can also freeze the bars. Place them on a tray and place that in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. Store in the freezer up to two months.

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Notes

Here are some easy pantry substitutes for some of the ingredients:
  • Use all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour
  • You can use brown sugar, granulated sugar, or even 1/2 cup of agave nectar in place of the coconut sugar.
Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1.6mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

16 Responses to Chocolate Banana Brownies

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKat Reply

    5 stars
    Had 2 very ripe bananas and finally decided to make these. Was out of almond butter; used peanut butter instead with great success. That’s the only change I made to this recipe. These are so darn good….guaranteed to cure whatever ails ya! Only downside is trying not to eat the whole pan……..gonna save the rest for Valentines Day
    Thanks again, Marly!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Kat! I’m so glad you liked these brownies. And I’m always for peanut butter with chocolate and bananas. It’s seriously my favorite flavor combination.

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLisa Turiace Reply

    Hi I see on the recipe you say to add apple sauce and water and set aside, when do I add these to the batter?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lisa. The applesauce and water are added to the chocolate mixture and then that is added to the flour mixture.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJessica Reply

    I made these but used an egg instead of chia seeds and no sugar and they are delicious. I added some nuts (because, why not?) too, and used dark chocolate. They are not too sweet and super moist and brownie-like. Hopefully the banana smell will fade & my daughter will try them…

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      So glad you like them Jessica. I hope your daughter will like them too!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLu Reply

    5 stars
    Thank you very much for the recipe, it was delicious I only added 1/4 cup sugar and it was sweet enough! Next time I will add even less, there will be a next time :).

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so glad you liked this recipe, Lu!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMichelle Reply

    5 stars
    These turned out so yummy! I actually just used dark chocolate chips, coconut oil, AP flour, and cane sugar. I eliminated the applesauce because I didn’t have any at home. Although they turned out yummy, it was more cakey than dense/thick brownies. Suggestions on how to make them more brownie-like?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Michelle. So glad you liked this recipe! The applesauce will add the moisture to the recipe that will transform them from cake-like to brownie-like. But if you don’t have applesauce, you could try reducing the AP flour by 1/4 – 1/2 cup. Hope this helps.

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJenny Reply

    I was looking for a brownie recipe that I could make with items I had on hand! I came across this recipe and was so happy to make it. It was super delicious. Can’t wait to eat more tomorrow morning for breakfast 😉

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Jenny! We are in the same boat and also making do with the ingredients we have on hand. I’m so glad you liked these brownies! I agree, they’re great for breakfast too! Sending you a virtual elbow bump. 🙂

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCélia Reply

    5 stars
    Thank you for that recipe which was awesome! Didn’t use any applesauce and replaced the butter by canola oil and that is perfect!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Célia! I’m so glad you liked this recipe! It’s good to have a healthy brownie every now and then. I like your tweaks too!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLeona Reply

    5 stars
    This banana brownies look so like something I could make. Delicious!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLeslie Reply

    4 stars
    I tried this today, changing some things (as always) : I put 1 more banana and no applesauce, and I didn’t put vegan butter beacuse I try to avoid wastes and oil. 😉
    But it was sooooo good ! And I think it can be even better with some nuts, cashews, almonds or hazelnut into ! *-* <3

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