Vegan Treats: Banana Bread Brownies

Vegan Dessert: Banana Bread Brownies

Recently, my fiancé was required to fast for a doctor’s appointment. To boost his spirits, I promised I’d make something extra delicious he could enjoy when he got home. I mentioned something about wanting to bake brownies but then noticed all of the ripe bananas on the counter and also let “banana bread” slip. 

Before I knew what I was getting into, I heard myself declare I was going to make banana bread brownies!

Fortunately, I already knew a to-die-for vegan banana bread recipe—I just had to brownie-ify it. Simple, right? I hope so, I thought as I started mashing my bananas. 

Brownies are typically denser than bread, so I wanted to make a heavier, thicker batter than your typical banana bread batter. If it came out of the oven a little gooey—that’d be icing on the cake. For this reason, I used coconut nectar (a thick, heavy liquid sweetener) for my sugar. I also added a little flaxseed meal for extra fiber. 

The results: soft, chewy, slightly fluffy and very chocolate-y banana bread brownies! Fiancé-approved. 

Vegan Dessert: Banana Bread Brownies

Vegan Banana Bread Brownies

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tbsp. cocoa or cacao powder

½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. fine salt

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

3 ripe bananas 

⅓ cup coconut oil (warmed to a liquid)

¼ cup coconut nectar (or liquid sweetener of your choice)

1 tbs. almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract 

8 drops liquid stevia (or 1 tsp. powdered stevia)

2 tsp. flax meal

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F. 

In a large bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, mash ripe bananas then stir in liquid ingredients with flax meal. It’s okay if there are still small banana chunks—this makes it better! 

Add the liquid ingredients and chocolate chips to the bowl of dry ingredients. Gently combine. Over stirring will make the batter too tough. 

Evenly spread batter in a 6” x 6” ceramic baking dish (or something with similar dimensions. You want your batter to be about 2” thick when spread out.)

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Test doneness by inserting a knife into the center of the brownie and pulling it out. If the knife comes out clean, your brownie is done! Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Slice in small squares and serve! For best results, pair with a glass of almond milk or a creamy cup of coffee :)

Vegan Dessert: Banana Bread Brownies

Vegan Dessert: Banana Bread Brownies

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Gluten free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Date Muffins

Super Moist Zucchini Bread

Photos: Mary Hood

Mary Hood
Beauty Editor Mary Hood lives with her fiancé in Keizer, Oregon. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • Juhea Kim

    mmmm this looks so good!! like the dessert version of a hug + a kiss (why choose one?)

    • http://www.peacefuldumpling.com/ Mary Hood

      Yes! That’s a great way to put it!

  • Sam L

    I just made these–I may have put in a bit too much flour as mine are paler brown. I also used a loaf pan and I used sugar instead of stevia (I’ve not been able to handle the taste for some reason!). They are delicious! Thanks for posting this!

    • http://www.peacefuldumpling.com/ Mary Hood

      That’s awesome, Sam! I’m so glad they came out well for you! They didn’t last very long around this house :) Stevia may be an acquired taste–I don’t mind things a little bitter (weird, right?) which is probably why I can stand it.

  • Bernadette Rodger

    Just made these brownies and they look nothing like the picture. Taste good though. Thanks

  • Bernadette Rodger

    Wow just tried this recipe again adjusting the measurements slightly and they’re amazing.