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Decadent, yet healthy, 3-ingredient banana fudge brownies that are grain-free, oil-free, vegan and Paleo! Made with almond butter, cocoa powder and a banana.
A 3-ingredient banana fudge brownie, with a bite taken out, on a piece of slate

Allow me to propose a pivot.

Brownies. For breakfast. Moreover, a healthy breakfast.

It gets even better. The brownies in question have only three ingredients. Three. You likely have the ingredients in your kitchen at this very moment:

the three ingredients for banana fudge brownies, all on a piece of slate

Ingredients for 3-Ingredient Banana Fudge Brownies

You will only need the following three humble ingredients to create some of the best brownies you have ever eaten:

  1. ripe bananas 
  2. unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. almond butter

How to Make the Brownies

Place the peeled, very ripe bananas,  cocoa powder and almond butter in a small food processor or a high-speed blender. Blend away, stopping to scrape down the sides of the container several times, until the mixture is very smooth.

Use a Muffin Tin for Baking

Spoon the batter into the cups of a standard size muffin tin (give the cups a generous coating of nonstick cooking spray).

I love using a muffin tin for these brownies for two reasons:

  1. No messy cutting required. Once done, simply remove the individual brownies from the tin (done!).
  2. Crusty edges, fudgy centers. The brownies cook quickly (yielding fudgy centers), but with lots of edges (for those of use who love the corner pieces from the brownie pan).
  3. Portion control. It’s so easy to cut extra big brownies (oops! I thought I ate two small brownies). The muffin tin method keeps portions clear-cut.

Can I Use Something Other than Almond Butter?

Use any kind of nut or seed butter you like (or coconut butter; not coconut oil). It can even be chunky-style since you’ll be blending everything anyway.

No matter your choice, the results will be delectable. Trust me, I’ve made these many times, with various nut and seed butters. The chocolate flavor will be more pronounced with top-quality cocoa powder, but these are stellar with store-brand cocoa powder, too.

Use Very Ripe Bananas

For optimal results, it is important to use very ripe, squishy bananas. This affects both the flavor and texture of the brownies.

The starch in the bananas needs to have broken down (this happens as the banana ripens) so that there is sweetness (flavor) and more liquid than solid (texture).. So long as you stick with squishy, you will have magnificent brownies.

3-ingredient fudge brownies on a piece of parchment paper, dusted with cocoa powder

I sprinkled the brownies with an extra teaspoon or so of cocoa powder; no further gussying is necessary. But that should not stop you from accessorizing these any and every which way you desire. Chocolate chips. Cacao nibs. Vanilla. Spices. Raspberries. You get it :).

Here’s to each and every one of you! And here’s to celebrating all that you do with chocolate. Happy baking!

More Amazing Vegan & Gluten-Free Brownies to Try

3-Ingredient Banana Fudge Brownies {grainfree, oil-free,  vegan}

3-Ingredient Banana Fudge Brownies {grainfree, oil-free, vegan}

Yield: 6 brownies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Decadent, yet healthy, brownies that are grain-free, oil-free, vegan and Paleo! Made with just 3 ingredients: almond butter, cocoa powder and a banana.


  • 2 large, very ripe (squishy) bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (or any nut or seed butter)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease, spray or line 6 cups in a standard muffin tin.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until completely blended and smooth. Divide batter evenly between prepared cups, smoothing tops.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 18 minutes until firmly set at outer edges and just barely set at the center. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely in pan. Run a knife around the edges and remove brownies.


Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week or freezer for 3 months. Will keep during the day in a lunchbag without refrigeration, so long as the surrounding temperature is not hot.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving Calories 130Total Fat 8.6gSaturated Fat 0.9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 48mgCarbohydrates 13.6gFiber 3.6gSugar 5.5gProtein 4.1g

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About Camilla

I'm Camilla, food writer, author, runner, and spin instructor. PowerHungry® is where I share my easy, minimalist, plant-based recipes, designed for living a healthy, delicious, empowered life.

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  1. Love these! So easy to make and absolutely delicious. I added a few pieces of white chocolate chips at the top for a little bit of extra sweetness.

    1. Oh my goodness, what an amazing comment, thanks so much Tiob, glad you loved these (they are a fav at our house, too!) 🙂