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!
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 a lot 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!
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.
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!
It’s not a complicated list of ingredients involved in this chocolate banana brownie recipe. You’ll need things like:
- Dairy-free chocolate chips
- 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 — This is different than whole wheat flour. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour is made from a different type of wheat and adds fiber without the heaviness of whole wheat flour.
If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, you can substitute half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour.
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:
- Melt Chocolate — Melt the chocolate chips and vegan butter in a microwave and then Stir to combine. Then add the chia seeds.
- 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.
- Mix Dry Ingredients — Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
This recipe creates a nice, dense dessert bar, which makes using whole wheat pastry flour perfect. Sometimes whole wheat can make your desserts a little too dense, but it works just right in this recipe.
You can see in the photos I drizzled some melted chocolate over the top of the chocolate banana brownies. I love that and it really adds glamor and flavor, a perfect combination.
For a change of pace, consider adding 1/4 creamy peanut butter to transform these into chocolate peanut butter banana brownies!
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
Love banana recipes?
Want some more recipes for ripe bananas? Check out some of the best banana recipes here:
- Of course, this Vegan Banana Bread Recipe is the best
- If you want to keep it healthy, try this whole wheat banana bread. Don’t worry, it’s delicious too
- Everyone loves these Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
- This Banana Cream Pie is amazing!
- For a healthy start to your day, try this Banana Green Tea Smoothie!
- For a mashup (pardon the pun) of many more banana recipes, here’s this Best Easy Vegan Banana Recipes post!
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!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Chocolate Banana Brownies
- Heat your oven to 350F. 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 heated 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.