Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

5 from 2 votes

These Chocolate Chip Banana Bars are SO easy to make and have just 4 ingredients. They’re great for using up overripe bananas! Add some chocolate and you have a delicious banana dessert recipe.

When I realized this recipe would work I was SO excited because it’s just so genius!


banana bar with bite taken out on white surface

Last weekend Mel and I decided to rent The Post (that movie with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep). We were so excited to watch it; we’d wanted to see it in the theatre but didn’t get to before it left the theaters. We never rent movies because we can barely stay awake long enough to watch TV shows, so it was kind of a big deal for us.

Guys, I hated it. We turned it off after an hour. It was sooooo boring. Was it just us? I had such high hopes, especially because I love Spielberg movies and Tom Hanks. We just couldn’t get into it…it was so slow and completely not the magical movie night I though it would be…so we turned it off and started Friday Night Lights over from episode 1.

Something that is magical is this recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bars. When I realized that it was something that would work I was SHOCKED. I had no idea that by adding overripe bananas to Pillsbury cookie dough you could get a banana bar that’s a cross between a blondie and a cake. That’s just TWO ingredients for easy banana bars!


overhead shot of 4 banana bars

I always have overripe bananas on my counter and in my freezer. I’m constantly making banana muffins and banana bread but when I made these I happened to have a roll of cookie dough that had to get used. I’d read somewhere that you can mix the two and get a delicious banana dessert but I didn’t believe it until I tried it.

The result was a fluffy cookie cake bar that’s perfectly sweet and super full of banana flavor. These are like a frosted banana bar but with chocolate chips instead of a cream cheese frosting.

They’re perfect without anything on top, but I added a chocolate glaze because…why not? Everything is better with more chocolate and more frosting, especially when it’s chocolate and banana. Although, I can totally see these with a cream cheese frosting or a peanut butter frosting…or my favorite chocolate brown butter frosting!

Banana Cookie bars are the perfect way to use up overripe bananas and have a yummy treat all at the same time!

Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bars have only 4 ingredients and are a delicious banana cookie bar made with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting!

close up shot of banana bars

You only need two main ingredients to make these easy banana bars: cookie dough and bananas. Then you can leave them plain or add your favorite stuff, like chocolate chips. I love the combination of banana and chocolate!

How to make Chocolate Chip Banana Bars with just 4 ingredients:

  1. Start with a prepared cookie dough. I like Pillsbury and I used sugar cookie dough but you can also use chocolate chip cookie dough (or any prepared dough; peanut butter cookie dough would be fabulous).
  2. Want to make a from scratch dough? Use my perfect sugar cookie bar recipe.
  3. You can skip the topping and make this a 3 ingredient recipe, but I love adding a chocolate ganache frosting. Just heat whipping cream and chocolate and pour it over the bars.
  4. Don’t forget you can freeze overripe bananas. Just let them thaw before making these banana bars.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

These Chocolate Chip Banana Bars are SO easy to make and have just 4 ingredients. They're great for using up overripe bananas! Add some chocolate and you have a delicious banana dessert recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 24
Serving Size 1 bar


  • 2 rolls approximately 16 ounces each Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 3 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” baking pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Gather your ingredients.
  • Place bananas and sugar cookie dough in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. You can also use a hand mixer or just use a wooden spoon.
  • Beat cookie dough and bananas until smooth. Stir in 1 ½ cups chocolate chips. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Place remaining 2 cups chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Heat for 1 minute on high power, then whisk until smooth. Pour over cooled bars, then chill to set frosting.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Click here for easy ways to use overripe BANANAS

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Do you love using overripe bananas? I’ve got a huge list of ideas for you. Plus, I need to try these Blueberry Banana Bars, this Frosted Banana Cake, or the Snickerdoodle Banana Bars!

Banana Breakfast Bars are perfect for breakfast!

Banana Coffee cake is perfect for a lazy Sunday!

Banana Cupcakes are the best with Golden Oreos!

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