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Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies

Super fudgy chocolate banana brownies that you could easily eat for breakfast! This dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan treat will satisfy any chocolate craving without destroying your diet. If you like the idea of dessert for breakfast, try my paleo banana berry breakfast cookies, too.

Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies stacked on top of parchment paper with a banana

Let’s talk brownies. Specifically, these Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies. I know, I know – two banana recipes in one week. Clearly I’ve living on the wild side.

They’re brownies, sure – but you know what they’re not? Unhealthy. They’re, dare I say, healthy. Good for you.

Brownies that are suitable as breakfast! Okay, maybe that’s a difficult thing to sell… or is it?

Side shot of brownies stacked on top of parchment paper with a banana

Ingredients for fudgy chocolate banana brownies

Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

  • Banana – source of vitamin C and potassium
  • Applesauce – source of fiber, makes the brownies moist as a substitute for eggs
  • Cocoa powder – also a source of fiber and antioxidants
  • Maple syrup or honey – source of antioxidants, adds sweetness
  • Almond milk – free of cholesterol and saturated fat
  • Espresso powder – enhances the chocolate flavor
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips – perfect for the allergy-prone because they’re gluten, dairy, nut, egg and sulfite free

Can I substitute some of the ingredients?

You can swap ingredients to your liking and I’ve noted those substitutions in the recipe card below.

This doesn’t have to be dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan – but why not let it be?

With that said, don’t swap all the things. If you swap all of the ingredients for different things, you may not end up with the same result, and I unfortunately can’t predict that outcome for you.

Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies stacked on top of parchment paper with a banana

Tips for the perfect fudgy brownies

The omission of flour isn’t a typo! This recipe was developed with the intention of being flourless. No flour, no baking powder. That’s why they’re super fudgy and rich.

You have to let them set – I’m serious. When they come out of the oven they’re not yet going to be completely set. This step is critical to your success.

These have strong banana and chocolate flavors, so if you don’t like bananas or chocolate – this probably isn’t the recipe for you. If that’s the case, maybe you should try my Paleo Double Chocolate Brownies or No-Bake Date Brownies!

You don’t have to include the espresso powder, but I highly recommend it. It enhances the chocolate flavor, but won’t affect the texture of the final recipe if it’s not present.

Close up of Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies stacked on top of parchment paper topped with a dusting of powdered sugar

I mean, c’mon. How could you say no to these things? I’ll tell you right now that people in my office were to the point of harassing me for this recipe they loved them so much.

And then my coworker’s spouses were harassing me.

And I’m fairly confident that a random crow flew by while I was on a walk and asked me about it.

Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies stacked on top of parchment paper with a banana

These are so moist that they almost fall apart a little… but in a good way.

So keep some napkins and a glass of milk (non-dairy or otherwise) nearby!

After you’ve made this recipe, please leave a comment below with a rating – and if you came from Pinterest, add a photo to the Pin of what you make to the pin to share your experience!

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Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies


  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including setting time)
  • Yield: 916 bars (depending on size) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Super fudgy chocolate brownies that you could easily eat for breakfast! This dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan treat will satisfy any chocolate craving without destroying your diet.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (can substitute 1 egg)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (can substitute honey)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or almond milk (can substitute dairy milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips or chunks (can substitute regular chocolate chips)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×8 pan with nonstick spray (aff link) and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, blend bananas for 5-10 seconds until mostly smooth.
  3. Add applesauce, cocoa powder, maple syrup, milk, vanilla and espresso powder and blend until smooth.
  4. Add baking soda, baking powder and chocolate chips and pulse for a couple seconds to blend.
  5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the top is no longer shiny and slightly cracked. The inside should be slightly under-baked – it will set as it cools, and will be the perfect fudgy consistency!
  6. Very important: Let sit at least a couple hours to cool before cutting and serving (they’ll be even more firm if you can leave them overnight). Store in fridge in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You could swap ingredients to your liking and I’ve noted those in the recipe above – but keep in mind if you swap all of the things, you may not end up with the same result, and I unfortunately can’t predict that outcome for you.
  • These are very fudgy and moist, and don’t hold together the way a more cake-like brownie would. Embrace it! Top it with some fruit or ice cream and eat it with a spoon 🙂
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: banana brownies, chocolate banana, brownies, dessert, healthy dessert

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Susan

Monday 8th of February 2021

Can you substitute the espresso powder and if so what can you use

Leslie Kiszka

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

You can just leave it out altogether.

Gabrielle

Monday 8th of February 2021

I made these brownies. Yes, they are fudgy, not sweet, and healthy. I honestly think they could of used another babana. For some reason, my brownies did not rise. Any reason why?

Leslie Kiszka

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

I wouldn't add another banana as there would be far more moisture than dry the dry ingredients listed would support. I'm not sure why they did not rise, but I would suggest checking on the expiration date of your baking soda and baking powder, and check on your oven's calibration as it might have cold spots that prevented it from baking the way you needed it to - check out this post, hope it helps! https://stressbaking.com/how-to-calibrate-your-oven/

Esther

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Lovely brownies! I was a bit unsure at first with them being banana based but they only have a slight banana after taste and are still very tasty! I think next time I might add some frozen raspberries to the mix to make them even better!

Cassey

Saturday 30th of January 2021

These were REALLY good. I left out the chocolate chips to keep them healthier, they are great for someone who wants to be healthy and NEEDS chocolate! These will be my chocolate fix! Thank you!

Leslie Kiszka

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Fantastic - so glad you liked them!

roaming through baja

Sunday 30th of August 2020

This was really good! I can't eat chocolate so I substituted carob powder and we can't tell the difference. Delicious and gooey, and came out exactly like the photos. Glad I saw this recipe and I'll start looking at others on your site. Thanks!

Leslie Kiszka

Monday 31st of August 2020

So glad you liked them! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment and rating, I really appreciate it. Hope you find other recipes you like on the site :)

roaming through baja

Sunday 30th of August 2020

Forgot to add that I used an egg and regular milk.

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