Fans of banana bread and blondies: you’re going to LOVE these easy Banana Bread Blondies! Made with an over-ripe banana, brown sugar, browned butter, vanilla extract and chocolate chips. Then finished with some dark chocolate melted on top and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt!
ABOUT THESE BANANA BLONDIES
These banana bread blondies truly have everything going for them. The delicious flavor of chocolate chip banana bread along with the tender texture of blondies!
It’s hard to beat the flavor of over-ripe bananas and chocolate together. Over-riped bananas are sweeter than regular ripe bananas and get even sweeter and more flavorful when baked. My all time favorite banana bread recipe will always be my Moist Fluffy Banana Bread!
Although they taste like chocolate chip banana bread, these treats definitely have a more tender blondie texture. They’re soft, chewy and perfectly gooey. If you love blondies, you will love these and I would also recommend these amazing Blueberry Blondies!
THEY’RE EASY TO MAKE
Easy means we can make them anytime, all the time. Here’s what makes them so easy:
- They’re made with one bowl: The only dry ingredients are flour and salt and there’s no need to sift them together in a separate bowl.
- No mixer required: Just mix them together with a wooden spoon or a spatula.
- They use basic pantry ingredients: I’d be willing to bet you have all the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. (I always have over-ripe bananas in my freezer for recipes just like this one!)
- They take less than 25 minutes to bake: Bonus: they can be eaten while still warm. No need to wait for them to cool!
HOW TO MAKE BANANA BREAD BLONDIES
- Brown or melt the butter.
- Remove the butter from the stove. Allow to cool slightly.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients (the egg, vanilla, mashed banana, flour, salt and chocolate chips).
- Spread the dough out into a parchment paper lined pan.
- Bake. Then top with chopped chocolate. Bake another 2 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt.
- Sprinkle with sea salt, if desired!
No. Browning the butter adds a rich, nutty flavor that I just love in these blondies. It’s easy to do, but does add a few extra minutes. If you’re short on time, simply use melted butter!
I love using Lindt bars. They’re good quality and easy to break up. I used Lindt 70% Dark. Milk would be good here too if you like things extra sweet!
Yes. Adding chocolate chips on top will let people know there’s chocolate inside. Keep in mind chocolate chips are made to keep their shape, so they won’t melt the same way as chocolate bars.
Blondies are typically lighter in color than brownies. They have a less chocolatey, more nutty, butterscotch-like taste. Blondies don’t often use cocoa powder like brownies. Blondies are often made with brown butter which give brownies a nuttier taste. Blondies are also often made with brown sugar instead of granulated sugar like brownies. One other major difference is that you don’t typically find blondie mixes in the store. Most of the time you have a blondie, you can assume it’s made from scratch!
HOW TO SERVE THESE BLONDIES
I love adding flaky sea salt as soon as I take these blondies out of the oven. The sea salt intensifies the chocolate flavor and balances out the sweetness. That said, sea salt isn’t for everyone, so it’s definitely optional! (My husband is not a huge fan of sea salt on sweets).
If I had to describe these Banana Bread Blondies in two words: delicious and easy! If I added a few more words: gooey, extra chocolatey, flavorful and quick! With so many amazing adjectives to describe these treats, you just have to make them!Print
These Banana Bread Blondies are an easy one-bowl recipe that makes chocolatey, melt in your mouth delicious treats!
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted OR browned (see directions below)
- 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar, light or dark
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup mashed banana, about 1 medium banana
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1-2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan or skillet (preferably light colored so you can better see the color changes) over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, stir it nonstop as you cook it at a gentle boil. Continue cooking until the butter begins to brown and light brown specks start forming at the bottom of the pan. This should happen in 5-8 minutes. Remove butter from heat and pour it into a heat safe bowl until it has cooled slightly and you’re ready to use it.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 by 8-inch pan with parchment paper leaving a one inch overhang on two sides.
To the melted butter, stir in the brown sugar with a wooden spoon or a spatula. Stir in the egg and vanilla followed by the mashed banana. Add the flour, salt and stir til just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Use a spatula or offset spatula to spread the batter evenly. Bake for 21-22 minutes, til just set in center. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the milk chocolate over the blondies. Return to the oven for 1-3 minutes to melt the chocolate on top.
Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool.
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