Banana-Bread Brownies


We took two classic desserts—banana bread and brownies—and combined them into one sweet treat. Be sure to use very ripe bananas, which will be easier to mash and also add natural sweetness.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 large very ripe bananas

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Whisk granulated sugar, oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla together in a large bowl. Stir in flour and salt.

  3. Mash bananas in a medium bowl. Stir in baking powder. Add the bananas to the batter in the large bowl and stir until just combined. Pour half the batter back into the medium bowl. Add cocoa and chocolate chips to the remaining batter in the large bowl. Stir until just combined.

  4. Add about half of the brownie batter to the prepared baking dish by the spoonful. Pour the banana bread batter on top, then dollop the remaining brownie batter on top. Draw a knife through the batters to create a swirl design.

  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.

    Banana-Bread Brownies
    Marty Baldwin

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

185 Calories
10g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 1 brownie
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Vitamin A 44IU 1%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Potassium 147mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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