This easy recipe for banana bread blondies is going to become a new family favorite treat. Packed with the sweet banana flavor you love of banana bread but thicker and denser like your favorite brownie, this recipe is sure to please. Basic pantry supplies and a bit of time are all you need to whip up a batch of these blondies for a decadently delicious dessert.
Banana Bread Blondies
A banana bread blondie is a wonderful combination of two delicious and unique desserts. With the thicker and denser filling of a blondie and the flavor of your favorite banana bread, this is a dessert that has everyone asking for more. The best part of this recipe is you don't have to worry about it being too dry like some sweet bread recipes often are. This denser texture is moist, soft, and satisfying.
If you prefer a true brownie, then you will love this recipe for triple chocolate fudgy brownies. For those that want something lower in carbs, you can whip up a batch of these fudgy keto brownies instead. Sugar-free and low carb friendly, they are a delight!
What is the Difference Between Brownies and Blondies?
The difference between these two desserts is just the chocolate. Brownies are loaded with chocolate and blondies typically do not include chocolate, or only a small amount but not fully chocolate flavored. While this recipe does have chocolate on top as a finishing touch, they can still be called blondies as the base of the recipe is without chocolate. You can, of course, just call them banana cake bars if you prefer.
Can I Add Nuts Into the Batter?
If you like the traditional banana nut flavor often found in banana bread, you can add chopped walnuts or pecans into the batter just before baking. I grew up with pecans in my banana bread but others prefer walnuts or even black walnuts. Either one will work well in this recipe, and you could even add chopped peanuts if you wanted something extra special. Peanuts and peanut butter are an excellent addition to this dessert recipe.
What Other Mixins Go in Banana Bread Blondies?
While this recipe is perfect just as it is, there is something to be said about adding a little extra texture to the batter. Mixing in something else for crunch or flavor is not uncommon, and below are some of the ideas that I find work best with this particular bread recipe.
- Milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, cinnamon chips, or butterscotch chips.
- Chopped pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, or peanuts.
- Golden raisins or dried cranberries.
- Sliced banana pieces on top before baking.
- Unsweetened coconut shreds mixed into the batter.
How Can I Ripen Bananas Faster?
There are a few options for ripening bananas fast. The best method is to place the banana with an apple into a paper bag and let sit overnight. This will typically ripen it nicely and create a rich ripe banana flavor you prefer.
Of course, you don't always have overnight, so there are other common methods to use for ripening a banana for banana bread. One option is to peel the bananas, place them into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat in 30-second increments until soft and able to mash. The other option is to place them, still in the peel, on a baking sheet and bake at 300°F for 15-20 minutes until the peel is dark brown or black and they are soft on the inside.
Do I Have to Add Chocolate on Top?
If you prefer no chocolate, then simply skip that last step before baking. The dark chocolate is a great contrast to what might otherwise be overly sweet, so a perfect compliment in this recipe. You can also use white chocolate, milk chocolate, or semi-sweet chocolate if you prefer Of course, if you do not add chocolate, you can still top with chopped nuts if desired.
- Brown sugar
- Sour cream
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Dark chocolate
- Slivered almonds
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How to Make Banana Bread Blondies
Preheat the oven to 375°F and line the baking dish with parchment paper.
Use a fork to mash the bananas until little to no lumps remain then set aside.
In a large bowl, add the eggs, brown sugar, and salt.
Beat until fluffy.
Add in the sour cream, vanilla extract, and butter, then continue beating until smooth.
Mix in the flour and baking soda until combined.
Add the mashed banana and mix until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and top with shaved dark chocolate and almond slivers.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan before removing to slice and serve.
More Tasty Recipes
There is nothing like ending a meal with a delicious dessert. Whether you want that to be a simple cookie, decadent cake, or bar like these, you are sure to love the recipes below. This list includes some of our personal favorites that are sure to please everyone at your table.
- Brown Sugar Walnut Banana Bread Recipe
- Moist Cheesecake Banana Bread
- The Perfect Banana Bread Recipe
- Coconut Cake Recipe with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3 large ripe bananas
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
- 2 tbsp slivered almonds
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line the baking dish with parchment paper.
- Use a fork to mash the bananas until little to no lumps remain then set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the eggs, brown sugar, and salt.
- Beat until fluffy.
- Add in the sour cream, vanilla extract, and butter, then continue beating until smooth.
- Mix in the flour and baking soda until combined.
- Add the mashed banana and mix until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and top with shaved dark chocolate and almond slivers.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 15 minutes in the pan before removing to slice and serve.
Mix in chopped walnuts or pecans for more texture before baking.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 633Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 86gFiber: 4gSugar: 44gProtein: 9g