These Banana Bread Brownies are one of the most underrated desserts. They are absolutely delicious, made with all gluten-free ingredients and they’re the ultimate dessert for the brownie and banana bread lovers.

Chocolate and banana is truly one of the most underrated flavor combinations. And one that I love to eat for a sweet snack or dessert. The sweetness of the banana with the bitterness of dark chocolate is SO good. 

Next time you have extra ripe bananas, remember these Banana Bread Brownies. They are a go-to snack of mine and one I make often now. My 5 year old loves these so much and I love that they aren’t filled with refined sugar like most brownies.

Plus these banana bread brownies are so incredibly moist, flavorful and they are not dry like some gluten-free brownies can be. These brownies are chewy, ready in under 30 minutes and when I tell you they are SO rich for being healthy – you will be shocked.

These banana bread brownies are so basic and simple. You will be wondering why you haven’t been combining these two flavors for forever. I love that these also give me lava cake type vibes when I eat them warm from the pan. The chocolate chips ooze out and are all melted and delicious.

I cannot wait for you guys to try these – let me know when you do!

What ingredients you need to make Banana Bread Brownies:

  • Bananas –  you will need ripe bananas. About medium sized. If yours are smaller, use 3 bananas.
  • Eggs – I haven’t tried flax eggs or an egg replacement
  • Maple syrup – you can also use honey if you prefer
  • Coconut sugar – you can also use brown sugar if you don’t have coconut sugar on hand
  • Creamy nut or seed butter – you can use peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, etc.
  • Gluten-free flour – I haven’t tried another flour here but I do think oat flour or almond flour would work too
  • Cacao powder – or use cocoa powder if you don’t have cacao powder
  • Dark chocolate chips – or use semi-sweet or milk chocolate if you’d like

How to make Banana Bread Brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line/grease 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, eggs, syrup, sugar, nut butter and vanilla extract until smooth
  3. Mix in flour, salt and cacao powder until evenly combined
  4. Fold in dark chocolate chips then add batter to baking dish and evenly spread across baking dish
  5. Add extra chocolate chips on top at this time!
  6. Bake in oven for 22-25 minutes or until the top isn’t jiggly (these will have an under-baked type center from banana!)
  7. Allow the brownies to cool for a few minutes then slice and enjoy (I like to lift up the parchment paper sleeves to remove the brownies from dish and cut on a cutting board)

FAQs and tips on making banana bread brownies:

  • The riper the banana, the sweeter the brownies! You will want them freckled and browned. If they aren’t, the brownies won’t be as sweet.
  • You can use any chocolate you want for these. I usually use dark chocolate chips but you can use milk chocolate or semi-sweet too.
  • If you want to take these up another level, add in some chopped pecans or walnuts. Sprinkles are also a fun addition that my kids love.
  • These brownies are great from the freezer. Add them to freezer-safe bag for up to 2 months. Warm in microwave or enjoy frozen dipped in milk – so good.
  • If you want to double this recipe, go for it! Just bake it in a large dish like 9×13 and increase baking time as needed in 3 minute increments. 

A few other delicious dessert recipes to try:

Gluten-free Lofthouse Cookies

Gluten-free Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie with Caramel

The BEST Pecan Pie Brownies

The Ultimate Brownie Trifle (gluten-free)

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Banana Bread Brownies (gluten-free)

5 from 3 reviews

These Banana Bread Brownies are one of the most underrated desserts. They are absolutely delicious, made with all gluten-free ingredients and they’re the ultimate dessert for the brownie and banana bread lovers.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 22 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins

Yield: 9 brownies 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 2/3 cup)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup creamy nut or seed butter (peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line/grease 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, eggs, syrup, sugar, nut butter and vanilla extract until smooth
  3. Mix in flour, salt and cacao powder until evenly combined
  4. Fold in dark chocolate chips then add batter to baking dish and evenly spread across baking dish
  5. Add extra chocolate chips on top at this time!
  6. Bake in oven for 22-25 minutes or until the top isn’t jiggly (these will have an under-baked type center from banana!)
  7. Allow the brownies to cool for a few minutes then slice and enjoy (I like to lift up the parchment paper sleeves to remove the brownies from dish and cut on a cutting board)

Notes

*Store in airtight container for 3-5 days, fridge for 1 week or freezer for 2 months

  • Author: Rachel