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Vegan Banana Bread Recipe (Simple & Delicious) 

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Banana bread is one of the best things ever. It is freaking delicious, super easy to make, and requires only a few pantry-friendly ingredients and one mixing bowl. After experimenting with lots of banana bread recipes, this recipe turned out to be my simple go-to recipe. This vegan banana bread recipe is simple, making it perfect for anybody just getting started with baking. Also, it is a great way to use any over-ripe bananas from your counter. Enjoying a slice of this banana bread with a coffee in the morning is the best thing ever. 

What makes this Vegan Banana Bread Recipe so Great:

  • Easy & low effort to make 
  • It has a soft, moist, but light texture
  • It’s the best way to use overripe bananas
  • It keeps well for multiple days
  • It tastes fantastic

Tips for making this Vegan Banana Bread: 

Top angle of sliced banana bread on a wooden board decorated with walnuts and bananas

Not having over-ripe bananas? If you know you want to make banana bread the next day, add a bunch of bananas to a sealed paper bag the day before. Placing them in a bag will cause a built-up of the gas responsible for the ripening process. You can speed up the ripening process by adding an apple to the bag.  

Placing the bananas in a paper bag will speed up the ripening process, but if you are starting with very green, unripe bananas, this won’t be quick enough either.

If in a hurry, you can quickly ripen the bananas by adding them to the oven at 300° F (150°C) for about 15-20 minutes. I’d also recommend this just with already yellow bananas. 

Ingredients for this Vegan Banana Bread Recipe:

Ingredients for banana bread in little ceramic bowls
  • Bananas
  • Flour
  • Cane sugar
  • Vegan butter
  • Oat milk
  • Baking powder
  • Salt 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Optional: Baking chocolate
  • Optional: Walnuts 

Ingredient Tips:

When choosing your bananas, definitely opt for overripe ones. They will give the bread the best taste and bind together nicely. Even though they might not look the most appetizing, overripe bananas are fantastic for this vegan banana bread. My rule of thumb: If they are more black than yellow, they should go into banana bread. 

Pro tip: You can freeze the overripe bananas until you have enough to make banana bread. So, next time your bananas are a day over, just put them in the freezer, and once you have enough of them, it is banana bread time again. 

Aside from the bananas, there are only a handful of essential ingredients in this recipe. You will need flour, cane sugar, vegan butter, oat milk, baking powder, and salt. 

If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, you can swap the flour for a gluten-free flour of your choice. 

If you don’t have a vegan butter substitute, a neutral vegetable cooking oil like canola oil will work perfectly for this vegan banana bread recipe. 

Regarding sweeteners, I like using organic cane sugar. You can also use white sugar.

For a bit of additional liquid, I like using oat milk. Any other plant-based milk is fine for this vegan banana bread recipe. 

Optional ingredients: I am a big fan of adding walnuts and dark baking chocolate to this banana bread. I think they take this recipe to the next level. You can also add other nuts or dried fruits if you prefer. 

How to make Vegan Banana Bread:

Making this banana bread is super simple and quick. First, preheat your oven to 180° C (356° F). If you are using frozen overripe bananas, thaw them before starting this recipe. 

Making the Batter:

Mashed bananas in a white bowl

Next, take a big bowl and add your bananas. Crush them using a fork into a mash. It is no problem if there are some banana lumps left. I enjoy having some of them in my banana bread. Also, melt the vegan butter substitute.

Ingredients (banana, flour, sugar, baking powder, walnuts, oat milk, cinnamon, vegan butter) in a white bowl

Once the banana is mashed, add all the other ingredients. Next, mix the ingredients until combined. A light mix is enough for this recipe. Overmixing the dough will make the banana bread too dense. I like to add ¾ of my chopped walnuts and half of the chocolate to the banana bread dough. Reserve the rest for garnishing!

The finished dough for vegan banana bread in a white bowl

Baking & Garnishing:

Vegan banana bread dough in loaf pan

And that’s all there is to this vegan banana bread recipe. Add the dough to a greased loaf pan. Finally, sprinkle the vegan banana bread with your remaining chocolate and walnuts. Bake the banana bread at 356° F (180° C) for 50 mins. You can check with a toothpick if the banana bread is ready. If the toothpick comes out clean after poking the bread, you are good to go. 

Sliced loaf of vegan banana bread on wooden board

Let the vegan banana bread rest for at least 15 minutes after taking it from the oven before digging in! 

Extra Tips & Ideas for Making Vegan Banana Bread: 

You can make this recipe even more healthy and customize it easily. It will change the banana bread, but it will taste delicious nevertheless. You can: 

  • Switch all-purpose flour for whole-wheat flour
  • Add a few tablespoons of unsweetened applesauce to the dough to make the banana bread extra moist. 
  • Reduce the sugar, especially when using over-ripe banana
  • Add chia or flaxseed for additional healthy fibers
  • Add different nuts
  • Make the recipe gluten-free by switching to a gluten-free flour alternative
  • Substitute the cane sugar for maple syrup.
  • Add dried fruits or berries to the dough. Blueberries make a fantastic addition as well. 

Serving Suggestions:

Sliced banana bread with walnuts tossed around it and bananas in the background

This vegan banana bread already tastes fantastic just by itself. Still, you can adapt it depending on when you want to enjoy it. 

When having it for breakfast, I sometimes like to plate it with some additional vegan butter, almond butter, or peanut butter. Sometimes, I add a little bit of maple syrup as well. On other days, I go with pure banana bread and a nice cup of coffee. Dipping the banana bread in the hot coffee is so delicious as well. 

You can also transform the banana bread into the star of your dessert. For this, plate a slice of banana bread with vegan vanilla ice cream or whipped coconut cream, some cinnamon, crushed walnuts, almonds, pecans, and maple syrup! It is so convenient & delicious.

FAQ: 

Can I use frozen bananas?

Yes, using frozen overripe bananas works perfectly well for this recipe. Just thaw them before use so you can easily mash and incorporate them. 

Can you freeze banana bread?

Yes, you can freeze it in an airtight container for up to three months. Just thaw it and enjoy!

Can I make this recipe gluten-free? 

You can make this recipe easily gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour blend.

How can you substitute eggs for Banana Bread?

The bananas already do the trick for binding the ingredients together. You don’t need any further substitutes when making this banana bread. 

When does vegan banana bread go bad? 

It’s best consumed within 2-3 days when stored at room temperature or up to a week when refrigerated.

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Sliced banana bread with walnuts tossed around it and bananas in the background

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe (Simple & Delicious) 

This vegan banana bread freaking delicious, super easy to make, and requires only a few pantry-friendly ingredients and one mixing bowl. This vegan banana bread recipe is simple, making it perfect for anybody just getting started with baking. Enjoying a slice of this banana bread with a coffee in the morning is the best thing ever.

  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale

250g flour

80g cane sugar

75g vegan butter

3 overripe bananas

1 tsp baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 tsp cinnamon

50ml oat milk

Optional: 100g baking chocolate

Optional: 100g walnuts

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 180° C (356° F). If you are using frozen overripe bananas, thaw them before starting this recipe.

Next, take a big bowl and add your bananas. Crush them using a fork into a mash. It is no problem if there are some banana lumps left. Also, melt the vegan butter substitute.

Once the banana is mashed, add all the other ingredients. Next, mix the ingredients until combined. A light mix is enough for this recipe. Overmixing the dough will make the banana bread too dense. I like to add ¾ of my chopped walnuts and half of the chocolate to the banana bread dough.

Add the dough to a greased loaf pan. Finally, sprinkle the vegan banana bread with your remaining chocolate and walnuts. Bake the banana bread at 350 for 50 mins. You can check with a toothpick if the banana bread is ready. If the toothpick comes out clean after poking the bread, you are good to go.

Let the vegan banana bread rest for at least 15 minutes before digging in.

Notes

You can make this recipe gluten-free by substituting the flour for a gluten-free flour

You can customize this recipe by adding other dried fruits, nuts or blueberries

You can substitute the vegan butter substitute for a tasteless vegetable oil like canola oil

This banana bread will keep well for up to three days covered on your counter, or a week in the fridge

  • Author: Ivo
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Vegan Banana Bread, Simple Banana Bread

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