Banana pudding brownies are rich decadent brownies bursting with chocolate and banana pudding flavors. This easy homemade brownies recipe turns out perfectly chewy delicious brownies every time with hints of banana in every bite.
This brownie recipe was my grandmother's. I don't know about you, but I've had a love of chocolate and bananas together for a long time and she got me started.
I hope that your family enjoys these delicious and fudgy morsels as much as my family does and will be asking you to make this easy homemade brownies recipe over and over again.
Why You Will Love This Banana Pudding Brownie Recipe
- A brownie recipe using simple ingredients that are readily available.
- Incredibly easy recipe to follow, even for beginner bakers. This way anyone can create a scrumptious dessert with minimal stress and effort.
- The combination of flavors from traditional brownies and banana pudding leaves your taste buds craving more.
- An incredibly fudgy mouth-watering dessert experience.
- A sweet treat that people of all ages enjoy, making them a perfect option for family gatherings, potlucks, and parties.
This recipe uses simple ingredients that are common to make these amazing brownies.
- Boiling Water: This helps the chocolate melt easily.
- Unsweetened Chocolate: Gives your brownies incredible chocolate flavor but doesn't make the brownies overly sweet.
- Cocoa Powder: Adds even more chocolate flavor.
- Sugar: Regular granulated sugar adds the ideal amount of sweetness to these banana brownies.
- Vegetable Oil, Eggs, and Egg Yolks: The vegetable oil keeps the brownies nice and moist while the eggs give your brownies the perfect texture.
- Unsalted Butter: It's best for baking but you can use salted butter if necessary and omit the salt.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla works best for adding the aroma and essence of sweetness.
- Banana Cream Cook and Serve Pudding: It's important to get the Cooked NOT Instant banana pudding mix.
- All Purpose Flour: Necessary for baking to create brownies with just the right consistency.
See the recipe card below for the exact quantities of each ingredient.
Substitutions and Variations
There are several ways you can make this old-fashioned dessert even more tempting with various additions and substitutions.
- Add-Ins: You can add chopped nuts, chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, M&M's, sprinkles, dried fruit, or whatever your heart desires.
- Frosting: Add frosting on top once the brownies are cool.
- Add Chips After Baking - As soon as brownies are removed from the oven immediately cover the top with chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, or butterscotch chips.
- Drizzle: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chips of your choice in 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. Drizzle melted chocolate on cooled brownies in any pattern you desire.
If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy our chocolate fudge brownie cake.
How to Make Banana Pudding Brownies
This banana brownie recipe goes together in just a few simple steps. Let's look at the highlights.
- Whisk together the boiling water, unsweetened chocolate, and cocoa in a large bowl until the chocolate is melted.
- Add the sugar, oil, eggs and yolks, melted butter, and vanilla, and whisk together until everything is combined.
- Add the banana pudding mix, flour, and salt to the bowl. Whisk gently until everything is incorporated.
- Transfer the batter to a pan lined with aluminum foil. Bake them in the oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
- Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool for 1½ hours.
- Lift the brownies out of the pan using the foil overhanging from the top edges.
- Return the brownies to a wire rack and let them cool completely. Then cut your brownies into 2-inch squares and serve.
Store your cooled brownies in an airtight plastic container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap, in a cool, dry place, for up to 3 days.
If you plan on storing them for longer, then freeze them individually wrapped in plastic wrap or separated by parchment paper, in an airtight container. If stored properly they will last up to three months. Thaw overnight on counter or in fridge when ready to eat.
What to Serve with Banana Brownies
- We love serving these banana brownies with ice cream or whipped cream. Try them with hot chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cup ice cream, or mint brownie ice cream.
- Top it with a drizzle of chocolate, caramel, or strawberry sauce, tastes great too.
- They work great to carry along with you to potlucks or parties, to give as gifts, or add to a kid's lunchbox.
Here are some tips and techniques to help you create these delicious treats.
- Use a sharp knife to slice your brownies for the cleanest cuts.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
- Make sure the oven is preheated to ensure even baking.
- Do not overmix your brownie batter. This may lead to tough or dry brownies.
- Use room temperature ingredients for best results.
- Keep an eye on your banana brownies while they bake to avoid overcooking. Brownies should have slightly firm edges and a moist center.
- Allow these banana brownies to cool as directed so the brownies are set properly. It seems like a long time but the wait is worth it.
Do you have questions about making delicious brownies with banana pudding? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about them.
Cook & Serve pudding is gluten-free, while instant pudding has wheat flour in it. Both are made with milk and sugar but the Cook & Serve requires dissolving the ingredients in boiling water before using them to make your desserts.
I always include a foil sling when I make my brownies in a square baking pan because it makes removing the cooked brownies from the baking pan so easy.
This homemade brownies recipe uses pudding in order to create the fudgy, chewy texture of this decadent brownie. The pudding also brings the banana flavor to these rich brownies.
You need a 13x9 baking pan for this recipe. You could also use a brownie pan if you like a lot of edges to your brownies.
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Banana Pudding Brownies
- ¾ cup Boiling Water
- 2 ounces Unsweetened Chocolate chopped fine
- ⅓ cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 ½ cups Sugar
- ¾ cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 large Eggs
- 2 large Egg Yolks
- ¼ cup Unsalted Butter melted
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 2 pkgs (135g) Banana Cream Cook and Serve Pudding 6 servings, (Cooked NOT Instant)
- 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- ¾ teaspoon Salt
- Cooking Spray
- Get out and measure your ingredients.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Make a foil sling for your 13 by 9-inch baking pan by folding 2 long sheets of aluminum foil.
- Lay sheets of foil inside your pan perpendicular to each other, with extra foil hanging over edges of the pan. Push foil into pan corners and all the way up the sides of the pan. As smooth as possible leaning to the pan edge. Prepare with cooking spray.
- Add unsweetened chocolate and cocoa in a large bowl. Whisk in boiling water and stir until chocolate is melted.
- Add sugar, oil, eggs and egg yolks, cooled melted butter, and vanilla. Whisk until blended.
- Gently whisk in banana pudding mix, flour and salt until incorporated. Do not overmix.
- Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out with few moist crumbs attached, 37 to 43 minutes long, rotating pan halfway through baking.
- Transfer pan to wire rack and let it cool for 1½ hours. Using the excess foil around the edges, lift brownies out of the pan. Return brownies to wire rack and let it cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Cut into 2-inch squares and serve. Enjoy every bite.
This post was originally posted August 2021. It has been updated with new images and content.