These fudgy chocolate banana brownies are easy to make with a few overripe bananas, some chocolate chips, and a few other ingredients.
The way I made them, with dark chocolate chips, they’re not as sweet as a typical brownie. If you like them sweeter, simply use milk chocolate chips and add your favorite sweetener.
This recipe is wonderful if you’re looking for an extra chewy brownie with a strong banana flavor.
If you want a more traditional brownie with a hint of banana, try this banana brownies recipe from Back to My Southern Roots. Both versions are very good, but they’re completely different.
Chocolate Brownies with Banana
This is a great way to use fresh bananas that have gotten extra ripe. If you like extra fudgy brownies, there’s a good chance you’ll like these.
The texture of these fudgy banana brownies is a little less like cake than regular brownies. In fact, it’s more like a cross between a brownie and fudge. For that reason, you don’t need to add frosting. However, if you do, maybe you can try a brown butter frosting.
Even though the chocolate chips have some sugar, this is still a somewhat healthy banana brownie recipe.
This is an easy recipe that may surprise you. The fudgy texture and depth of flavors coming together make it oh-so satisfying.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Extra ripe bananas
- A package of your favorite chocolate chips
- Large egg
- Vegetable oil (or melted butter)
- Vanilla extract
- Almond flour, all purpose flour, or whole wheat flour
- Granulated sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, or your favorite sweetener (optional)
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full recipe, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
I prefer bittersweet, semi-sweet, or any kind of dark chocolate, while my husband prefers milk chocolate. Since I had just purchased a different type of chocolate chips at Aldi, I decided to use those.
Although I thought they were good, my husband would have liked them more if I’d used milk chocolate and added sugar. After all, he has more of a “sweet tooth” than I do.
If you want even more chocolate, add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to the mixture. I like chocolate, but I personally think that the chocolate chips provide enough. That said, you can add extra chocolate chips if you want.
Prepare to Make the Brownies
You’ll need either a 7” x 11” rectangular or an 8” x 8” square baking pan. Spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
Or line your pan with parchment paper. The goal is to keep the brownies from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It also makes cleanup much easier.
I also used a medium bowl for mixing and a microwave safe bowl for melting the chocolate chips.
Heat oven to 350˚ F. Also make sure the oven rack is in the center position for even baking.
How to Make Chocolate Banana Brownies
Now comes the fun part. Peel the bananas and puree them in your food processor.
You’ll want the puree to have the consistency of a thick batter. I’ve used mashed bananas, but you’ll get chunks of banana in the brownies.
Crack the egg into the mixing bowl.
Whisk until the whole egg is well blended.
Now pour the banana puree into the bowl and mix it with the egg. Set this aside.
Add the oil (or butter) and vanilla. Stir.
Pour the entire bag of chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave them on high for about a minute. Or if you prefer, you can also melt the chocolate chips in a medium or large saucepan on top of the stove
Remove from the microwave, stir, and put them back in for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat in 30 second increments until the chocolate chips have melted.
It took a little less than 2 minutes total. However, the time depends on the power of your microwave.
After the chocolate chips have melted, pour into the egg and banana mixture.
Add the flour and stir until it is well mixed.
If you want them sweeter, add the sugar now. Stir.
Now pour the banana brownie batter into your greased baking pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out without batter on it.
You may get some moist crumbs, and that’s okay. You just don’t want a wet batter.
Set the brownie pan on a cooling rack and let them rest for 30 minutes. Serve them warm or at room temperature.
Then cut them into squares and serve.
How to Serve Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies
I enjoy any kind of brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream.
But they’re actually good all by themselves. I enjoy eating them with a glass of cold milk.
How to Store Leftover Chocolate Banana Brownies
Either wrap them in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Or put them in an airtight container. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
If you want them to last longer, you can freeze them. Just make sure you keep them sealed in the airtight container to prevent freezer burn. Remove them from the freezer and let them thaw on the counter for a couple of hours before serving them.
More Yummy Sweet Treats and Desserts
Whether you like to have dessert after dinner or simply want to satisfy a sweet tooth, it’s good to have a list of recipes to turn to. Here are some of our favorites–all of them easy and delicious!
Microwave Scotcheroos – This is one of our favorites because they deliver a delightful blend of flavors as well as a satisfying crunch!
Chocolate Covered Pecans – These delicious bad boys are perfect when you need a sweet treat that doesn’t require a fork or spoon.
Lemon Bars – It only takes 3 ingredients to make this near-perfect dessert! It’s a great recipe for those times when you just want a little something sweet after a big dinner.
Pineapple Dump Cake – There’s a reason that pineapple is a favorite flavor for desserts! It’s absolutely delicious!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Moose Munch – Here’s another way to get your chocolate-peanut-butter fix. It’s so yummy that you’ll need to make it often!
No Bake Rum Balls – These delicious rum balls are perfect for any type of celebration. Make them with either rum or rum flavoring for a yummy treat!
Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies
If you like both bananas and chocolate, you'll love the blend of flavors in these fudgy chocolate banana brownies!
- 3 extra ripe bananas
- One 10 ounce pack chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate chips)
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup almond flour (or whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 cup sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Spray a 7” x 11” or 8” x 8” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Peel the bananas and puree them in a food processor until they resemble a thick batter.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg until the yolk and white are well blended.
- Combine the egg and banana puree. Mix well.
- Add the cooking oil and vanilla extract. Stir.
- Pour the chocolate chips into a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chips on high for 1 minute.
- Remove from the microwave and stir. Return to the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir.
- Repeat this until the chocolate chips have melted. This shouldn’t take more than a total of 2 minutes.
- Pour the melted chocolate into the egg and banana mixture.
- Add the flour. Stir until mixed.
- Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out without batter.
- Allow the brownies to cool for at least 30 minutes. Cut them into squares and serve.
These brownies aren’t as sweet as those you get from a mix. If you want extra sweet brownies, use milk chocolate chips and add 1/4 cup sugar.
The texture of these brownies is very chewy and like a cross between brownies and fudge.
Add nuts to the batter if you like.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 227Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 16mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 3gSugar 25gProtein 3g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.