Banana Cheesecake Brownies (plant-based, gluten-free)

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What a decadent treat! I had some ripe bananas and homemade vegan cream cheese, and I was getting requests for chocolate.
So I invented a banana brownie with cream cheese swirls going through it.
It might be a good thing to make on a night when you can't sleep. I'm awake tonight, so I'll be there with you.
Here's a funny little poem to lighten the chocolate and insomnia:
I cannot get to sleep tonight.
I toss and turn and flop.
I try to count some fluffy sheep
while o'er a fence they hop.
I try to think of pleasant dreams
of places really cool.
I don't know why I cannot sleep –
I slept just fine at school.
― Kathy Kenney-Marshall
Wishing you sweet dreams and smiles today.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword baking, chocolate, comfort food, dairy-free, gluten-free, plant-based


Wet ingredients to blend

  • 2 bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ⅓ cup margarine

Dry ingredients to mix

  • 1 cup GF flour (oat flour, GF flour blend, or I used 1/2 gram flour, 1/2 buckwheat flour)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup non-dairy chocolate chips

Swirl ingredients

  • 1 package vegan cream cheese (or homemade), softened at room temperature


  • Blend all the wet ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  • Pour 2/3 of the batter into a greased 8×8" baking pan. Spread the cream cheese gently over the surface. Pour the remaining 1/3 of the brownie batter on top and use a knife to make large swirls through all 3 layers until the top looks lovely and marbled. Do not over-swirl or there won't be any difference between the brownie bits and the cream cheese bits.
  • Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes, checking after 30 minutes to see if a knife inserted into the middle of the brownies comes out mostly clean. The longer baking time is needed for a glass or ceramic pan.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into it. This is important for gluten-free bakes. Store in a sealed container in the freezer, or enjoy right away!
Did you make this? Please let me know by tagging @maitricooks on Instagram and leave a rating in the comments below. Happy cooking, and lots of love! 
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