This is the best vegan banana bread recipe ever, and it is so easy to make! The classic loaf is made using 1 bowl with simple ingredients and many options- make it oil free, with or without walnuts or chocolate chips. This is the only banana bread recipe you will need!
Everybody needs a good banana bread recipe. What else can you do with too-ripe-to-eat bananas? Well, I guess you could freeze them for smoothies or healthy ice cream, if that’s your thing. But I make vegan banana bread. 🙂
My goal with this blog is to create delicious vegan recipes that are *mostly* familiar, comforting and celebratory. Going vegan doesn’t mean you have to suffer and eat less than appetizing foods. You can have your cake and eat it, too! (For real, I’ve got a delicious chocolate cake and lemon cake if you don’t believe me.)
This moist and delicious vegan banana bread is so versatile and forgiving. You could easily memorize the recipe and make it over and over again! I prefer it with walnuts, but my kids (of course) like it with tons of chocolate chips.
How do you make vegan banana bread?
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make your flax eggs in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas, then stir in the melted vegan butter (or applesauce). Add the sugar, flax eggs and almond milk. Stir well.
Then simply add the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg, if using. Stir gently until just combined, then fold in the walnuts or chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with more walnuts or chocolate chips, if desired.
Bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick or knife comes out clean. It will be golden brown on top and around the edges.
Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, then pop it out and place it on a cooling rack or parchment paper. It will slice easier the longer you let it cool, but sometimes I’m too impatient and it slices okay while hot.
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There you have it! The best, moist, easy vegan banana bread recipe ever!
TIP: Fresh ground nutmeg is amazing in banana bread. I recently ordered this grater/zester and I’m so happy with it. I love using it for zesting lemons and ginger, too. Get yourself some whole nutmeg and you will have fresh ground nutmeg in no time!
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- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 5 tablespoons water
- 2 large ripe bananas, about 1 cup mashed
- 1/3 cup melted vegan butter OR applesauce
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour OR all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg, optional but good
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or non-dairy chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a loaf pan.
In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed and water. Set aside to thicken; this is your "egg".
In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until smooth. Stir the melted vegan butter (or applesauce) into the bananas.
Now add the brown sugar, almond milk and flax eggs. Mix well to combine.
Add the flour. Sprinkle the baking soda, salt and nutmeg on top of the flour. Stir gently until just combined, making sure you don't over mix.
Fold in the walnuts or chocolate chips, if using. Pour into the prepared pan, and bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer the loaf to parchment paper or a cooling rack. Slice carefully right away, or let cool completely for easier slicing and serving.
- I don't usually measure the mashed bananas. I use 2 large ripe bananas or 3 small ones, it doesn't have to be exact.
- May use white sugar instead of brown if that's what you have on hand.
- For oil free, use applesauce instead of melted vegan butter. I have tested it and both are very tasty! If you don't have vegan butter, you can also use canola or coconut oil.
- For gluten free, you could probably use a gluten free flour mix, but I haven't tested it so I'm not sure it would work. May also use spelt flour or whole wheat pastry flour.
- Calories listed are using white whole wheat flour and melted vegan butter. 1 slice using applesauce and white whole wheat flour is approximately 112 calories.