Chocolate Baked Bananas (vegan, gluten-free, oil-free)

These Chocolate Baked Bananas are your new-year win: EASY, delicious, and yes, healthy!

Most of us get back to healthier eating at the start of a new year – or start a new journey of eating a whole foods vegan diet.

So, at first glance, these chocolate-baked bananas may look like they are too decadent to enjoy after the holidays.

But I assure you this chocolate sweet treat delivers nutrition.

These chocolate-baked bananas come from the Diabetes Reversal cookbook that I co-authored with Dr. Barnard. Since all of the recipes for this cookbook were designed for Dr. Barnard’s diabetes-reversal program, they are lower in fat and meet nutritional parameters prescribed for this type of diet.

Low-fat or not, I assure you these baked bananas are a divine dessert treat, and will satisfy your sweet tooth quite nicely!

Oh, and I haven’t mentioned how EASY they are.

chocolate baked bananas

GUYS! So easy!

Simpy slice and place the bananas on a baking tray –
Mix the chocolate sauce with a bowl and spoon –
Drizzle –
Bake –
DIG in!

But, let’s get to the actual recipe. Because I know you want to make them now.


See, dessert dreams do come true! Let me know how you enjoy these baked bananas.

Comment below the recipes. 👇

😋 Enjoy! x Dreena

p.s. Want a few more healthy chocolate ideas? Try this chocolate pie, zucchini bread, bread pudding, chocolate pudding, and of course my famous sweet potato cake. Chocolate for the win!

baked bananas drizzled with a chocolate sauce


Chocolate Baked Bananas

This is one irresistible treat, and you’ll be delighted at just how easy it is to prepare!


  • 4-5 large ripe bananas sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar or pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • couple pinches sea salt
  • 2 tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips for finishing
  • 1 tbsp chopped raw pecans walnuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds for nut-free (for finishing)


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 450. Place bananas on the parchment. In a bowl, mix the coconut nectar or maple syrup with the cocoa powder and salt. Stir well to fully combine. Drizzle the chocolate mixture over the bananas. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until bananas are softened and caramelized. Sprinkle on chocolate chips and nuts, and serve. Serves 3-4 as a dessert.


  • Idea: Serve with a dollop of vanilla non-dairy yogurt or a scoop of “nice cream”.

  • Nutritional analysis: Per serving (1/3 of recipe): 243 calories, 3 g protein, 56 g carbohydrate, 30 g sugar, 5 g total fat, 16% calories from fat, 6 g fiber, 199 mg sodium

This recipe was posted January 2019 and updated for January 2024.

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