With these Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Squares, I think I've discovered my new favourite after-school snack! I mean, I don't actually go to school anymore, but I do love a good snack, and I'm happy to enjoy a special treat in the afternoon in support of anyone who does go to school. Or with coffee in the morning. Or for dessert. Or when I need a mid-day pick me up. Or well, anytime really as these vegan chocolate chip banana squares are my new favourite, super moist, lightly sweet, chocolate chip filled treat. Yas!
Vegan chocolate chip banana squares are also so easy to make! My favourite kind of recipe. Just 9 ingredients, one bowl, and 30 minutes to make these banana bars.
Even better, these vegan chocolate chip banana squares are oil free. The bananas add so much moisture there is no need for any oils at all. The bananas also add a lot of sweetness so this certainly isn't my most sugar-packed recipe. (Vegan soft frosted sugar cookies anyone)? A healthier dessert that tastes this good? I'm in. I just love when a recipe turns out so simple and so delicious!
To Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Squares:
Start by peeling and mashing the bananas to make 1 cup of mashed banana.
Add the mashed banana, brown sugar, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and mix well. Stir in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Lastly, fold in ¼ cup of the chocolate chips (setting aside the remaining ¼ cup to use in the next step).
Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread evenly in the pan. It will be fairly thick. Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate chips. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
Cut into 9 bars and use a spatula to lift them from the pan. Enjoy still warm or let cool completely then store in an air-tight container.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Squares
- 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 ½ bananas)
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (such as soy or almond)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegan chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease an 8" x 8" square baking pan.
- Add the mashed banana, brown sugar, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and mix well. Stir in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Lastly fold in ¼ cup of the chocolate chips (setting aside the remaining ¼ cup to use in the next step).
- Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread evenly in the pan. It will be fairly thick. Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate chips. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Cut into 9 bars and use a spatula to lift them from the pan. Enjoy still warm or let cool completely then store in an air-tight container.
Thanks for this recipe! Really good and simple to make. My picky kids loved them which is impressive. Will definitely make these again.
Jess @ IDTLC Support says
So easy and so delicious! The only change I made is I used only half of the chocolate chips. Great healthy recipe!
Sam Turnbull says
So glad you love them! 🙂
I loved these! I've made some changes that made them even healthier without compromising on taste: subbed a third of the flour with whole wheat, replaced all of the sugar with erithritol and halved the chcolate chips (and it was still more than enough). Will be making these again and again!
These were so good! I subbed walnuts for the chocolate chips and my pan was a little bit bigger, more like a 9x9 glass casserole dish. Definitely recommend making these!
I make these all the time. So good!! Great with frozen bananas too.
This was really good but it was Not really "baked through". Will try it again
Do these freeze well?
Lindsay Leigh says
This is my new go-to recipe when the banana have gone too ripe and I need to use them before they are wasted. SUPER easy! and delicious!
Cindy Osaki says
Can I substitute coconut sugar in this recipe?
I subbed for coconut sugar and they turned out amazing!
These are so delicious and so easy to make!! I will definitely make these again and again!
Very good! I put parchment paper inside pan instead of greasing it just because it saves time cleaning! My son says he is going to eat them all!
These were so good! I used dark chocolate chips and it was actually too much chocolate for us (that NEVER happens in our house!) so next time I'll use vegan semi-sweet or just skip the 1/4 cup on top. Thanks for another keeper
Hi! I do not have a square baking pan but want to make these, is there another pan I can use and and what baking time.would you recommend?
I used a muffin tin with silicone cups. The recipe made 8 muffins, filling each cup 3/4 full with the batter. I baked for 20 mins.
Dolores Lopez says
Made these withy granddaughter, they are great. Live the spongy texture. We'll be making them again.
Sam Turnbull says
The choc chip banana bars are so so tasty! Definitely making them again. Im trying to use less sugar in things so substituted with honey but slightly less that required and a little cocoa powder. Im assuming the consistency is not the same as mine are slightly chewy. But still soo yummy
Made them - loved them! They tasted great and I was happy that no oil was required ( you. plus no dairy, etc.) I will now make a point to buy an extra bunch of bananas each time I buy bananas so I will always have very ripe ones on hand. Making the vegan brownies next. Did not have any baking powder or would have made some when I made the banana squares. I am going to start bringing these vegan desserts to my wine group and see if I can get some to convert every once in awhile. Will bring them to work potlucks too. I have turned on several people to your website. Anyone I can get to at any time not have that serving of dairy (or meat),to me, is a small victory! Thanks again!
Sam Turnbull says
Aww thanks so much, Stacey 🙂