Brownie Bottom Banana Bread Bars

There’s no need to choose between brownies and banana bread with these layered bars!
Chocolate chips in the banana bread layer add a little extra sweetness.

Happy Easter Sunday! I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday and spending it with your families. This year, I am spending my Easter in Los Angeles! I’m here for spring break to visit a few colleges, as well as enjoy all the vegan food. This afternoon, I plan to go to the weekly Vegan Sunday event put on by Vegan Street Fair. There are going to be tons of vendors selling some of the craziest vegan food in LA! Vegan fried chicken sandwiches, mozzarella sticks, and donuts are just some of the amazing offerings at this event.

As much as I wish I could share all these epic vegan eats virtually, that technology hasn’t been invented yet. However, what I can share with you is a delicious vegan dessert recipe! This recipe is a combination of two of my favorite baked goods: brownies and banana bread. It would be perfect as a last minute Easter dessert, or simply as a spring break baking project. Brownie bottom banana bread bars are a definite crowd-pleaser!

The bottom layer of these bars is comprised of a chewy, fudgy brownie, and the top layer is a moist chocolate chip banana bread. The two different textures and flavors combine to create the perfect combination of dessert and breakfast! Whether you’re baking for a chocolate lover or a fruit fanatic, there’s something in these bars that they’ll love.

Vegan Brownie Bottom Banana Bread Bars

Why choose between brownies and banana bread when you can have both? These vegan layered bars are the perfect combination of dessert and breakfast.

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 15 bars
Calories 448 kcal
Author Ayaka

Ingredients

For the Brownie Layer

  • 3 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter
  • 3 oz vegan chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

For the Banana Bread Layer

  • 4 tsp ground flax
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 tbsp vegan butter melted
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana about 3 small
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan mini chocolate chips

Instructions

For the Brownie Layer

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” x 13” baking pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with oil.
  2. Stir together the ground flax and water in a small bowl. Set aside to thicken.
  3. In a saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
  4. Add chocolate chips and cocoa powder and stir into chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  5. Add chocolate mixture into a large bowl, along with prepared flax eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
  6. Add flour and mix until incorporated.
  7. Transfer brownie batter to prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

For the Banana Bread Layer

  1. Stir together the ground flax and water in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter, banana, and sugar.
  3. Stir in the flax egg and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour banana bread batter over the brownie batter in the prepared pan and gently spread into an even layer.
  7. Bake bars for 45-50 minutes, or until inside is cooked and top springs back when lightly touched.

  8. Allow bars to cool completely before slicing into 15 bars.

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