These vegan peanut butter banana brownies are flourless, naturally gluten-free and protein-rich. Dates and banana not only sweeten them but also keep them fudgy and moist.
Quick preparation and easy recipe! I developed this peanut butter banana brownies recipe for those who can’t/don’t want to eat eggs, flour, refined sugar or gluten.
These gluten free vegan brownies are the right treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth as well as give you the much needed energy in between meals.
All of them are easy to make!
Tools/equipment needed to make peanut butter banana brownies
- Food processor (essential)
- Spatula (or a spoon)
- Brownie pan (or loaf tin)
- Baking parchment
How to make peanut butter brownies from scratch
Place soft dates (pitted) into a food processor. Add coconut oil and water and process until you get a paste like texture out of them. The time needed for this step might vary, depending on how powerful your food processor is.
Next, add cocoa powder, peanut butter and banana and process until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a loaf tin, press down and smoothen with spatula.
Bake these vegan peanut butter banana brownies at 356°F (180°C) for about 10 minutes.
When ready, take them out and let them cool before slicing them.
How to store peanut butter banana brownies?
Once completely cooled, place them in an air-tight container and keep them in the fridge. They will last for several days (up to 4 days – tested, but I am guessing they could last up to a week).
Useful tips when making peanut butter banana brownies
- When choosing dates for this recipe, bear in mind that the softer the better. I used Deglet Noor which is the typical variety of dates. They are sold worldwide and are cheaper than Medjool Dates. However, they can be hard sometimes. If this is the case, just soak them in hot water for a while.
- Now you can also use medjool dates but this peanut butter banana brownies recipe requires quite a good amount of them which could be pretty costly. However, the choice is yours so use whatever it is you like and/or can afford.
- No matter what dates you are using, make sure they have no stones inside. I’ve come across pitted dates that had one or two stones still inside. So double-check each one of them before placing them into the food processor.
- You can use more peanut butter, if you like. Just give the mixture a taste right before transferring it to the brownie pan. If you like it more peanut-y, then go ahead. The 1/3 cup I used were just enough for me. Also note, that if you increase the amount of peanut butter, your peanut butter banana brownies will contain more calories as well as protein.
- These peanut butter banana brownies are pretty sweet thanks to the dates and ripe banana so I highly recommend slicing them into smaller pieces as you will only need a little to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 356°F (180°C).
- In a food processor, combine the dates, coconut oil and water. Process until you get a paste out of it (this should only take seconds, but you might need to stop the processor once or twice and scrape down the mixture from the sides of processor).
- When done, add cocoa powder, peanut butter, banana and salt. Process until smooth and well combined (again, scrape down the sides, if needed).
- Transfer the mixture into a brownie pan lined with baking parchment, press down and smoothen with spatula.
- Bake at 356°F (180°C) for about 10 minutes.
- When ready, take them out and let them cool before slicing them.
- Make sure the dates you use are soft. If they are not, place them into a bowl, pour hot water over and let them sit until they get softer. I used Deglet Noor variety in this recipe.
- The processing time may vary depending on how powerful your processor is.
- Storage – let them cool down completely before placing them into an air-tight container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- More peanut butter/banana can be added – I suggest tasting the mixture and adding more, if preferred.
- These brownies are not very high so they only need about 10 minutes in the oven.
- I got 12 brownies out of this, each about 1.5 x 2 inches (4 x 6 cm). Because these are rich in flavor/calories/protein I recommend cutting them into smaller pieces, like I did (or even smaller).