Banana Bread Blondies

banana bread blondies sliced

These Banana Bread Blondies are the perfect way to use up those ripe bananas! They’re dense, loaded with the classic banana bread flavor but made into the perfect handheld treat! Load them with chocolate chips and you’re all set for a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert! 

Okay so…you probably know by the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Zesty Lemon Blueberry Banana Bread or even my Banana Bread Overnight Oats that I’m seriously obsessed with banana bread. Growing up in the South, I was always around people who had just made fresh fruit breads like this…and believe me, I was so happy! Nothing beats a delicious hunk of banana bread with a cold glass of milk! 

freshly baked pan of Banana Bread Blondies

For these Banana Bread Blondies, I wanted to make a super simple, one bowl recipe that resulted in the best hand held treat you could pack as a mid day lunch snack or eat for breakfast on the go. Or, if you really wanna get crazy, warm it up after dinner and add a big ol scoop of vanilla ice cream! (But if you do the last option, please invite me over!) 

As someone who has to truly experiment with each baking recipe to crack the code, I love the way bananas help me out. Not only do they add a natural sweetness to breads, muffins and cakes, but also a delicious moistness!

These Blondies are so super soft, yet dense. I love that they are made with whole wheat flour so it makes them healthy-ish. They are thick, loaded with banana flavor and of course, studded with melty chocolate chips. If you’re not a fan of chocolate chips, I suggest adding chopped nuts instead! Or if you’re feeling the Fall vibes super early, definitely add some cinnamon chips or even butterscotch chips! Holy cow, I just got so many Fall feelings! I CAN’T WAIT. 

stack of Banana Bread Blondies

Okay, so anyway….yeah. These Banana Bread Blondies are super simple, delicious and the perfect end of Summer snack! Let’s get into how to make them! 

Ingredients You Need for Banana Bread Blondies: 

  • whole wheat flour 
  • baking soda 
  • melted butter (salted of course!) 
  • ripe bananas 
  • brown sugar 
  • vanilla extract 
  • egg 
  • chocolate chips (or any other mix in you prefer!) 

How to Make Banana Bread Blondies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add your melted butter along with the brown sugar. Whisk these two together until they are combined. To this, add the mashed ripe banana, egg and vanilla extract. It’s most likely going to look a little bit grainy but fear not! 

Banana Bread Blondie batter in glass bowl

Using a sifter over top (or mix in another bowl and add to the wet ingredients), sift the whole wheat flour, baking soda and pinch of salt). Using a wooden spoon, mix gently until combined – make sure not to overmix! 

stacked overhead shot of Banana Bread Blondies

Lastly, for my Banana Bread Blondies, I added chocolate chips (about ¾ cup). You can add chopped nuts or any other mix in you would prefer. Gently mix until combined. 

Grease an 8×8 baking dish or use parchment paper! Add the mixture to the baking dish. 

flatlay Banana Bread Blondies shot with bite taken out

Bake for 30-34 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (my sweet spot was about 32 minutes!). 

Let it cool in the pan for 5 or so minutes and then gently remove it and slice into bars. 

45 degree angle shot of bite taken out of Banana Bread Blondie

Enjoy as breakfast, snack or dessert! My personal favorite way is a mid day snack: warmed up banana bread blondie with a pat of butter, pinch of salt on top and a glass of cold milk. SO. GOOD. Hope you guys enjoy this one! XO.

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy: 

Cinnamon Peach Bread

Whole Wheat Peach Cobbler Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins 

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Banana Bread Blondies

These Banana Bread Blondies are the perfect way to use up those ripe bananas! They’re dense, loaded with the classic banana bread flavor but made into the perfect handheld treat! Load them with chocolate chips and you’re all set for a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread blondies, whole wheat banana bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 2-3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Optional:

  • can sub the chocolate chips for chopped nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add the melted butter along with the brown sugar. Whisk these two together until they are combined and smooth. To this, add the mashed ripe banana, egg and vanilla extract. Mix together until they are combined.

  2. Use a sifter to add the dry ingredients over top the wet ingredients. (If you don't have a sifter, mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add them in to the wet ingredients). Sift the whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt into the wet ingredients. Gently mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Make sure not to overmix!

  3. To the batter, add in the chocolate chips and gently fold them in.

  4. Grease an 8x8 baking dish. Add in the banana bread blondie batter and gently smooth out. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired.

  5. Bake for 30-34 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 or so minutes and then gently remove and slice into bars. Enjoy!

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