Crazy Good Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

So, I was craving chocolate and peanut butter, as I usually do, and had a revelation: why didn’t I make something with the speckley bananas sitting on my counter?! Enter: Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Brownies.

A quick Pinterest search and the revelation of Amy’s Healthy Baking later, I found base I was looking for. A few quick adjustments (addition of chocolate flavoring, a little less baking powder for less rise, etc.) and we were on our way!

Why Do I Love These Brownies?

First, let’s be honest: I love absolutely anything that blends chocolate and peanut butter. And while piling in the cocoa powder and warming up my peanut butter, I was relieved that this pan of brownies only contained some coconut oil, flour, and mashed bananas. I mean, it’s SO easy and SO (relatively) healthy!

These brownies are:

  • Sweet
  • Deep in flavor
  • Cakey
  • Healthy
  • Made in just about 30 minutes

vegan peanut butter and banana brownies

What’s the Secret Ingredient?

It’s actually in the extracts: I used Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and Chocolate extracts in these brownies!

nielsen-massey extracts

Now, I’m sure some of you have learned how vanilla became the most ubiquitous flavor in the world, but I evangelize to you on two different causes this holiday baking season:

  1. Please use good vanilla in your baked goods!
    Vanilla has hundreds of flavor compounds and you’re not going to experience any of them if you’re using cheap vanilla. If you open up your bottle and get a sting of alcohol first and foremost, try another brand! I love Nielsen- Massey Vanillas and have been using them for years.
  2. Switch up your other extracts!
    I use tons of different extracts in my baking, to get full and robust flavor profiles in my baked goods. Sometimes, if you’re just using cocoa powder, some of the chocolatiness falls away if you’re not loading the recipe with sugar. Chocolate extract adds a fragrant reminder of what beautiful flavors you’re working with!

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Brownies

Vegan Peanut Butter and Banana Brownies
Print Recipe
Cakey brownies with a peanut butter swirl are easy-to-make, vegan treats.
Servings Prep Time
16 1" square brownies 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 1" square brownies 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Vegan Peanut Butter and Banana Brownies
Print Recipe
Cakey brownies with a peanut butter swirl are easy-to-make, vegan treats.
Servings Prep Time
16 1" square brownies 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 1" square brownies 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 1" square brownies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300*F, and spray a 8x8" or smaller baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. In a larger bowl, blend together the coconut oil, banana, extracts, and sugar.
  4. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and milks to your wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  5. Spread the batter into your prepped baking dish. The batter will be VERY thick and gooey.
  6. Top the batter with your peanut butter. You can do this by piping it on, or by dolloping it and swirling it in. For easier application, you can warm it up.
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until the edges pull away from your pan. Remove from oven and allow to cool, brownies will get fudgier over time!
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I received a bottle of Nielsen-Massey Chocolate extract as a sample. I was not paid or compensated for including the extract in this post or recipe.

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