5-Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Brownies made with basic healthy ingredients for a wholesome treat. This healthy brownie recipe is the perfect option for those who love their desserts less sweet and health-conscious enough to eat every day. Egg-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free vegan brownies!
Constantly on the prowl for treats I’ll happily eat daily without worrying about blood sugar highs and lows, these peanut butter banana brownies are a lovely luscious fit.
They are the perfect combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate. If you already know you love this combination, well then the brownies are a must make!
Weighing in as egg-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy-free, these brownies are designed to not only be a delicious healthier treat, but they also fit many dietary restrictions.
No all-purpose flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, oil, or fancy equipment needed!
I like to see them as the brownie version of my 3-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Cookies.
If you find you’re more of an almond butter person, feel free to make the swap. We’ve got options!
Do these flourless brownies taste just like regular brownies? Absolutely not. These healthy banana brownies have a very peanut and banana-forward flavor with a fudgy, chewy texture.
If you’re like me and you try to keep your treats mindful, my Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies, 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Healthy 6-Ingredient Apple Oatmeal Cookies are some great examples of treats I’ll eat daily.
Let’s discuss the simple ingredients list for these banana brownies. I’m betting you have all of them on hand the majority of the time!
Ingredients for Flourless Peanut Butter Banana Brownies:
Ripe Bananas: Use overripe bananas that have plenty of brown spots for the best results! I like using bananas that still have a deep yellow color to them but are too ripe to eat as is for most peoples standards. Mashed bananas brings creamy texture and lots of sweetness to the brownies.
Unsweetened Peanut Butter: Well-stirred natural peanut butter makes up a good portion of the volume of these brownies, adds rich fat content, delicious peanut flavor, and also ensures the brownies hold together. I’ve tried the recipe using roasted peanut butter and find I prefer non-roasted peanut butter better.
Pure Maple Syrup (Optional): Add a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup to boost the sweetness of these brownies. Because they are already not overly sweet, they can benefit from some extra sweetener.
Cocoa Powder: The chocolate portion of the recipe! I use raw cacao powder which I find has a creamier flavor than regular cocoa powder, but any type of unsweetened cocoa powder will work. You can use Dutch process cocoa powder as well. No long list of dry ingredients here – cocoa powder and salt are the only ones.
Sea Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavor of the peanut butter, bananas, and the cocoa powder so that you’re getting the full effect of all of the flavors.
Chocolate Chips (Optional): Bringing more sweetness and rich chocolate flavor to the brownies, chocolate chips are what make for fudgy brownies here. I use a relatively little amount, but you can use up to 1 cup for decadent brownies.
- If you have pure vanilla extract on hand, add ½ teaspoon to the batter.
- For nutty brownies, add ⅓ to ½ cup of chopped raw walnuts or pecans.
- If you prefer using regular cane sugar, brown sugar, maple sugar, or coconut sugar over pure maple syrup, feel free to make the substitution.
- Add more chocolate chips for a sweeter, fudgier brownie.
- If you prefer a different type or nut butter or seed butter such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter, feel free to swap it out.
- For decadent brownies for chocolate lovers, add 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and use one full cup of chocolate chips.
Now that we’re familiar with the healthy ingredients for this healthy chocolate dessert, let’s bake a batch of 5 ingredient brownies!
How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Brownies:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8” x 8” square pan with parchment paper.
Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl until they are very creamy (if you don’t mind chunks of banana, you can leave them chunky, but I like to mash them well).
Add in the peanut butter and pure maple syrup and stir well until a thick brownie batter forms (wet ingredients). Stir in the cocoa powder and salt (dry ingredients) until a thick batter forms.
Stir in the chocolate chips (if adding) until they are well-incorporated throughout the brownie batter.
Pour batter into the prepared pan. Spread it into an even layer, and sprinkle with extra chocolate chips on top of the batter if you’d like.
Bake brownies for 20 to 25 minutes or until they look set up.
Allow the brownies to cool to room temperature before slicing with a butter knife and serving. If you’d like, you can sprinkle them with a little flaky sea salt or even powdered sugar. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (I’d go with a sugar-free dairy-free ice cream) for a real good time.
Store brownies in an airtight container (or zip lock bag) in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. These brownies freeze very well! Simply freeze them in a freezer bag (or airtight bag) for up to 3 months.
Full disclosure: I think these brownies taste much better after they have sat for a number of hours. Fresh out of the oven, the flavors haven’t quite developed but after several hours (the next day, and the following several days), the brownies have much more pronounced, defined flavor.
For this reason, I recommend making this healthy dessert recipe in advance if you can anticipate your craving. 😉
And that’s it! These chocolate banana brownies are one of those treats you feel confident putting on constant rotation to have a quick bite of brownie bliss to quench your sweet tooth and get your chocolate fix.
This recipe for healthy brownies is a great recipe when you’re craving a sweet treat to maintain your sanity but not send your blood sugar through the roof.
If you’re into lower sugar treats, also try these out!
More Healthy Dessert Recipes:
- Banana Blended Baked Oats
- Healthy Morning Glory Muffins
- 4-Ingredient Healthy Rice Krispie Treats
- Strawberry Crumb Cake
- Vegan Peach Pie Bars
- 5-Ingredient Blackberry Pie Bars
- Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Snowballs
- Almond Flour Brownies
Enjoy your peanut butter banana chocolate experience!
5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Brownies
- 4 ripe bananas mashed (about 1.5 cups)
- 1 cup unsweetened creamy peanut butter
- 2 to 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup optional
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup chocolate chips optional
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8” x 8” square pan with parchment paper.
- Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl until they are very creamy (if you don’t mind chunks of banana, you can leave them chunky, but I like to mash them well).
- Add in the peanut butter, pure maple syrup, cocoa powder, and sea salt to the mixing bowl (the remaining ingredients) and stir well until a thick brownie batter forms.
- Stir in the chocolate chips (if adding) until they are well-incorporated throughout the brownie batter.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan. Spread it into an even layer, and sprinkle with extra chocolate chips on top of the batter if you’d like.
- Bake brownies for 20 to 25 minutes or until they look set up.
- Allow the brownies to cool to room temperature before slicing and serving. If you’d like, you can sprinkle them with a little flaky sea salt or even powdered sugar.
- Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (I'd go with a sugar-free dairy-free ice cream) for a real good time.
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