This Healthy Banana Brownie recipe is a delicious dessert that can be made in less than 30 minutes! The dense and gooey treat is gluten-free and Paleo-friendly and can be made Keto as well. This will be a new family favorite!
I have made so many different variations of banana bread and brownies over the years that I thought it was time to combine some of my favorite recipes.
The result are these amazing and healthy banana brownies that are so perfect and completely addicting!
Why I love these healthy banana brownies
There are so many reasons to love these chocolate banana bread brownies! Just hear me out.
They are so easy to make. This simple recipe will only take you 30 minutes to make and you only need the most basic equipment.
All ingredients are clean and accessible. I can almost bet that you have them all in your kitchen, and if not they are most likely on your shopping list because you ran out a few days ago.
These healthy banana brownies are Paleo, gluten-free, and grain-free.
My banana bread brownies are naturally sweetened with ripe bananas and a touch of coconut sugar, and if you wish, you can omit the added sugar completely.
It’s a perfect kid-friendly dessert recipe that will hit a home run every single time! And yes, husbands loves these gluten-free brownies as well.
TOOLS you need to make these healthy banana brownies
Remember that I said that this recipes is so easy to make? All you need is:
- A mixing bowl
- A hand mixer (optional)
- Measuring cups
- A fork (to mash the bananas – or use the hand mixer = even fewer tools)
And about 30 minutes!
Ingredients needed for this banana bread brownie
The ingredients needed for this delicious gooey and fudgy banana brownie recipe are all wholesome, clean, and really good for you! You will need:
Patiently wait until your bananas are spotty and almost brown. Why? Because they will be sweeter and perfect for this refined sugar-free chocolate banana brownie recipe!
Bananas are a good source of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6. You can read more about the health benefits of bananas here.
Eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there! They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and proteins!
Did you know that 1 large egg contains 6 grams of protein? Read more about how incredible eggs are here.
You can use unsweetened cocoa powder as well if that’s what you have on hand.
However, cacao powder is the healthier choice. The main difference between the two is how and how much they have been processed. You can read more about cacao vs. cocoa powder here.
Nut butter is packed with protein and good fats, and I eat some kind of nut butter in some kind of form every day. I just love it!
For this recipe, I have used smooth almond butter, but you will most likely be successful with any smooth nut butter as well. Simply use your favorite.
Chocolate is a superfood since it’s made with cacao, or at least it should be. Get high-quality chocolate to make sure you get the good kind.
And also, chocolate is healthy for the soul!
Coconut Sugar (Optional)
If you are using really ripe brown bananas I don’t think you need to add any sugar at all. But sometimes, when I really crave something sweeter or the bananas aren’t sweet enough, I will add 2 -3 tbsp of coconut sugar (which is totally paleo-friendly) to this healthy banana brownie recipe.
These banana brownies are GRAIN-FREE, FLOURLESS, and PALEO
It still kind of surprises me that there is no flour in this healthy chocolate banana brownie recipe. But it really doesn’t need it!
That means that these Paleo-compliant banana bread brownies are completely grain-free, gluten-free, and flourless.
Not using any flour only makes this rich and decadent dessert even denser and gooier, which is exactly what we want in a brownie!
How to make Paleo chocolate banana brownies
First, mash the bananas either with a fork or a hand mixer in a large mixing bowl.
Then, add almond butter and eggs to the mashed bananas and mix until smooth and the texture is even.
Now, add cacao powder, coconut sugar (if using any), salt, and baking soda. I like sifting my cacao powder to make sure there are no lumps.
Lastly, gently fold in chocolate chips to the banana brownie batter.
Pour into a greased and lined 8×8 baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes.
Tips on making the best healthy banana brownie
It’s hard to fail with this easy and quick recipe, but I have a few tips up my sleeve to make these fudge chocolate banana brownies even better.
Under-bake the brownie
I always used to over-bake most of my recipes just to make sure everything was cooked. Now that I have discovered the magic of the word “gooey“, I switched to team under-bake and I will never go back.
There is really no downside in cutting a few minutes in baking desserts, other than the excessive gooeyness, like in this brownie recipe.
Wack the pan halfway through the bake
This trick is a game changer! Halfway through baking, take the brownie pan out of the oven and slam it hard on the kitchen counter.
This helps with even out the brownie batter and it will also give it a crack on top. It just makes the final result so much more perfect and makes it look professionally made.
Then we put it back in the oven to finish baking.
For this recipe, I also sprinkled some sea salt on top of my banana bread brownies, which just compliments the chocolate brownie so well. Of course, it’s optional, but honestly, never skip the flaky sea salt
You can also sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on top or some chopped-up nuts like walnuts on top as well. It will definitely make this healthy banana brownie fancier.
Lastly, you could swirl in some extra almond butter on top. It will make a beautiful pattern and look so cool.
How to serve this chocolate banana brownie
There are so many ways you could serve this rich and gluten-free dessert. Some of my favorite ways are:
- Warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
- With more nut butter on top
- Together with a big glass of cold milk
- With some powdered sugar and whipped coconut cream
- Serve with fresh strawberries and blueberries
Substitution for making these healthy banana brownies more accessible
I have successfully used peanut butter (note that peanut butter is not paleo) instead of almond butter.
And I mean.. peanut butter banana brownies… Yes, please!!
If you are following a low-carb diet you can use a Keto-friendly sugar instead of coconut sugar.
I have also made this recipe without adding any sugar. And it really works!
And honestly, I personally think the bananas are sweet enough.
How to store my chocolate banana brownies
You can store these healthy banana brownies in the fridge for up to 5 days – if it can last that long that is…
And yes, you can freeze them too! I prefer to wrap each brownie square individually for an easy access single serving.
Now it’s time to scroll down to the recipe and start baking these delicious healthy banana brownies! And when you are done, leave me a comment below!
More chocolate dessert recipes you might love:
- 1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas **
- 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 2 - 3 tbsp coconut sugar **
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup chocolate chip (divided)
- A pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a large mixing bowl, mash ripe bananas with a fork or hand mixer
- Add almond butter and eggs to the mashed bananas
- Mix the wet ingredients well until smooth and well combined
- Add cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and a pinch of salt to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Gently fold 2/3 cup chocolate chips into the batter
- Add the brownie batter to a parchment paper-lined 8x8 baking pan, then add the rest of the chocolate chips on top. Swirl a few spoonfuls of almond butter (optional).
- Bake for 12 minutes
- Take the brownie out of the oven and "slam" it on your kitchen counter gently and sprinkle sea salt on top (optional)
- Bake for 9-10 more minutes (or until the preferred doneness).
- Cut the brownie into squares once it cools down.
*This measurement is using ripe banans after they are mashed.
** Use Keto-friendly sugar for a lower carb option.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 16gProtein: 6g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.