Chocobanana Squares

This is the first recipe I ever made up, when I was still a student in college.

I invented these moist chocolate banana squares as a way to use up extra bananas, with a good dose of chocolate and some healthy oats too.

It’s one of my favorite treats for any mood, and it’s what I still bake for myself on my birthday. 🙂


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bran or oatmeal
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 4-5 ripe bananas (4 if using bran, 5 for oats)
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter or margarine
  • 2 flax eggs (each flax egg = 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds soaked in 2 1/2 Tbsp water for 5 mins)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


In a large bowl, mix the first 6 dry ingredients plus chocolate chips together.

In a blender, blend up the remaining wet ingredients and stir them into the dry just until combined.

Grease a 9×13″ pan and pour the batter into it.

Bake at 350F for 40 minutes, and enjoy! These squares are amazing straight from the oven, and excellent to freeze and reheat another day as well.


“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.”

– from the book Walden by Henry David Thoreau

May we take advantage of today’s accidents, and freshen our minds with better thoughts.

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

3 responses to “Chocobanana Squares”

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    My favorite treat!

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    Instagram comment from Rob: Sweet 😋 I need to learn to make some plant based treats 😍

  3. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Instagram comment from Quincy: I love those old recipes that we always go back to because they are our favourites❤️

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