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Banana Bread Brownies

This brilliant combo of ripe bananas and chocolate makes for a great treat, a healthy breakfast on the go or a stellar dessert. However you enjoy them, you will enjoy them. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and almost sugar-free. Made in one bowl, they come together easily and are another way to utilize those overripe bananas on the counter that no one wants to eat.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, healthy snack
Cuisine American
Keyword almond butter, bananas, chocolate
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet in Santa Fe thanks Giada de Laurentiis for this special recipe


  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice I use oat milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips I use Enjoy Life brand


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil an 8x8 inch baking dish with coconut oil. Line with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the almond butter, coconut oil, non-dairy milk of choice, coconut sugar and salt and mix until almost smooth and few lumps remain.

    Banana bread brownies banana and almond butter
  3. Add the almond flour, rolled oats and baking powder and, using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet until thoroughly combined.

    Banana bread brownies all ingredients
  4. Pour half the batter in the prepared and lined dish.

    Banana bread brownies all banana
  5. To the remaining batter, add the cacao powder and carefully stir to incorporate.

    Banana bread brownies half and half
  6. Add the dairy-free chocolate chips and stir well.

  7. Pour the brownie batter on top of the banana batter and spread gently.

    Banana bread brownies pre bake
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the edges are golden and the inside is set.

    Banana bread brownies baked
  9. Allow to cook thoroughly and refrigerate overnight or at least 5-6 hours.

    Banana bread brownies final
  10. Cut into squares and serve. Refrigerated brownies will keep up to 3 days, but they shouldn't last that long.

    Banana bread brownies stacked