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Vegan Banana Bread (Healthy + Easy)

This ‘tried and true’ classic vegan banana bread recipe is moist, healthy, and so easy to make. It’s egg & dairy-free, has an oil-free option, and is the BEST banana bread recipe ever!

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I love making vegan banana breads, and have quite a few variations in the recipe collection, like this Blueberry Banana Oat Bread, Buckwheat Banana Bread, and Carrot Banana Bread.

All have been adapted from this very recipe, which is straightforward and incredibly simple using ingredients you probably already have on hand. I’ve made it again and again, and it has not disappointed me yet!

This plant-based banana bread recipe is kid-friendly and a fan-favorite for good reason – it’s delicious and loved by all!

I’m happy to share with you this wonderfully easy, healthy vegan banana bread, which I have loved for many years and look forward to loving for many more to come!

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Tips For The Best Vegan Banana Bread

It’s all about the bananas! Banana bread is easy to veganize by adding extra banana, which acts as a binder, replacing the need for eggs or other egg replacers. As an added benefit, you’ll be able to use less sugar. The trick is using very ripe, freckled bananas because the riper the bananas are, the less sugar you’ll need! This recipe only calls for 1/3 cup of sugar, but you can adjust, up or down, to suit your tastes.

Use oil, butter, or applesauce (fats or no fats): This recipe calls oil in place of butter or vegetable shortening, but can use your preferred. I’ve also played around with using half oil and half unsweetened almond milk (equaling 1/3 cup) with excellent results. And if you want to skip the fats altogether, for ultra-healthy vegan banana bread, try using Unsweetened Applesauce – it’s terrific!

Spruce up your banana bread with additional add-ins and toppings! Add up to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, or fold in chocolate chips, walnuts, or pecans to the batter. Once the batter is in the loaf pan, sprinkle walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, rolled oats, or sunflower seeds over top before baking. They will add texture and protein!

Spoon & level the flour! When measuring your flour, it’s helpful to use the ‘spoon & level’ method. This will ensure you don’t add too much flour. Never scoop the flour with a measuring cup. Instead, using a spoon, scoop the flour into the measuring cup, without packing it, and level with the back of a knife.

Don’t overmix the batter! It’s best baking practice when making any type of quick bread not to overmix. Overmixing the ingredients will cause the gluten proteins to create an elastic batter that may not rise well. You only want to mix until you don’t see any flour streaks.

See Commonly Asked Questions for more tips!

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How To Make Vegan Banana Bread

Making vegan banana bread is as easy as can be using this 1 bowl method!

  • Start by adding the very ripe bananas to the bottom of a medium mixing bowl and mash well. Add the remaining wet ingredients and stir well.
  • Next, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Do not overmix. The batter will be slightly thick, and a few lumps are OK.
side by side photos of vegan banana batter fresh made in bowl and added to loaf pan.
  • Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes. Ovens are different, so use your best judgment. You can test for doneness using a toothpick, if it comes out clean, it’s ready.
  • Lastly, let the banana bread cool, slice, and enjoy. If you can’t wait to slice your bread before it’s cooled, you may notice a little gumminess on the knife. This is normal, but once it’s completely cooled, it will slice cleanly.

And that’s it, perfectly golden, moist, and flavorful banana bread made easy and healthy! 

Serve + Store

  • For serving. Make your slice even better by adding a smear of this healthy Cashew Sweet Cream or Triple Berry Chia Jam for a delicious breakfast or snack!
  • How to store: Store your banana bread, covered to maintain moisture, for up to 3 – 4 days on the counter.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I make banana bread gluten-free? Absolutely. You can use any gluten-free flour blend or buckwheat flour, replacing 1 – 1 the amount of flour called for. Try my gluten-free Buckwheat Banana Bread.

Can I make this recipe oil-free? Yes! You can use applesauce in place of oil. It’s just as good and even healthier. The loaf was a little denser, but the flavor is still great!

Can I make banana bread without baking soda? Yes, I’ve successfully used just 2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder with great results. I have left the baking soda in the recipe since some may prefer to add it. It does help brown the top of the loaf.

Can I freeze banana bread? Yes, you can store it in the freezer for up to 2 months in a freezer-safe container or bag. Let it thaw in the refrigerator before eating.

Can I make muffins instead? Yes, and they are so good! We love this Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. If you don’t care for the chocolate chips, omit them altogether or replace them with walnuts.

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More Banana Recipes!

If you still have a couple of extra bananas from the bunch, try using them in any of these other easy and delicious banana recipes, which require just one or two bananas!

If you try this quick bread recipe or have a question, please let us know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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VEGAN BANANA BREAD (HEALTHY + EASY)

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A tried and true, classic vegan banana bread! Perfectly moist and delicious, this healthy vegan banana bread recipe makes a terrific snack or great way to start the day.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 55 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 810 slices 1x
  • Category: Quick Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 3/4 cups (210 g) spelt flour (whole wheat, unbleached all-purpose, or gluten free blend), see notes
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) organic pure cane sugar (or 1/2 finely chopped dates)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of mineral salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 ml) neutral flavored oil (or coconut oil in liquid state, vegan butter at room temp or applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 small or 3 large overripe bananas (about 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups (338-410g)), mashed
  • 1/4 cup (56 ml) almond milk, use only if needed

optional tasty add-ins:

  • 1/22/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup chocolate chips (mini or regular)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your loaf pan.

One bowl method: In a medium sized mixing bowl, mash 3 – 4 bananas (about 1 1/2 cups to 1 3/4 cups works well), add oil/applesauce and vanilla extract, mix again. Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and mix well, but don’t overmix, just enough until the flour is combined. Batter will be slightly thick and a few lumps is ok. If mixture seems too thick, add milk, especially if using heavier flours such as whole wheat or whole spelt (you’re more inclined to need it).

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for about 50 min – 1 hour. Ovens vary, mine usually takes 50 minutes. You can also do the toothpick test in the center of the loaf, if it comes out clean it should be ready. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 min before slicing.

Original method: In a medium/large size bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, mash bananas. Add the oil, vanilla and bananas to the dry ingredients and mix until combined, do not overmix. If mixture seems too thick, add the almond milk (especially if using heavier flours such as whole wheat or whole spelt, you’re more inclined to need it).

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for about 50 min – 1 hour. Ovens vary, mine usually takes 50 minutes. You can also do the toothpick test in the center of the loaf, if it comes out clean it should be ready. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 min before slicing.

Store: Keep covered on the counter for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw the wrapped loaves overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or a toaster oven with a door.

Notes

When using metric units, scaling needs manual calculation.

Flour measurements. When using weighted amounts, flours vary by type. Use this guide to find the correct flour weight: Bob’s Red Mill Flour Weight Chart

No baking soda, no worries. If you don’t have baking soda on hand, use two teaspoons of baking powder. I’ve many loaves without baking soda with good results (the top just may not brown as much).

Oil-free or reduced oil. I have made this by replacing the oil with unsweetened applesauce and it was just as good. Loaf was a little denser and didn’t rise as much, but the flavor was still great. I’ve also played around with using half oil and half unsweetened almond milk (equalling 1/3 cup) with excellent results!

*If using coconut oil, be sure it’s warmed and in its liquid state. My preferred oils for this recipe are either light-flavored olive oil or coconut oil.

Boost of flavor. Add up to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the dry ingredients for a different flavor.

Add nuts or seeds. Try adding toppings like walnuts, sesame seeds, rolled oats, sunflower seeds, or pecans.

Using dates: To use chopped dates using the 1 bowl method, simply add them in with all the ingredients. If using the original method, add them in with the wet ingredients. I would use about 1/3 – 3/4 cup of dates (depending on how sweet you like it), pitted and finely chopped.

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590 Comments

  1. I made this for a work treat. Everybody loved it! I put a 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips in it. Question: I baked it for 50 minutes, but it was a bit wet in the bottom half, how can I avoid that next time. Thank you.






  2. I made this banana bread, and it is amazingly delicious. I used Splenda instead of sugar, cashew milk, and I didn’t have vanilla extract…but, it is still so so good.
    5 Stars all the way!






  3. Christine says:

    Hi !
    I am looking forward to make this banana bread. I am a bit confused about the flour. Just to clarify- in this recipe, are you saying that either spelt, all purpose or whole wheat flour can be used? With regards to spelt- is there a difference between whole spelt flour and not whole spelt flour? Also – what type of flour did you use in the bread pictured in this recipe post? Thanks.

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Hi Christine! This recipe is pretty forgiving and works with different types of flour. I’ve used light and whole spelt, AP, and WW – sometimes a combo of two. For spelt, there is a light spelt and whole spelt with there differences being like AP and WW – one is more nutritious. For the recipe shown, I used whole spelt flour. I hope that helps!

  4. I don’t have a loaf pan so instead I made 12 muffins. Added chocolate chunks. Only took 35 minutes to bake. Delish!






    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Perfect, so glad you enjoyed the muffins! Thanks for sharing, Nancy. :)

  5. Jenn Tree says:

    My favourite banana bread recipe! Rises well, moist but not too dense also not to oily.






  6. I put walnuts in this recipe and it turned out very good. It was delicious and I will be making this banana nut bread again. Thanks

  7. Ana Parramore says:

    Yummy banana muffins! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Great recipe I’m a novice baker and wanted a dessert cake without eggs.
      My best version is the AP Flour, dates, cinnamon and o/oil.
      Thank you so much for the recipe!






      1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

        Yay, so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for sharing, Maura!

  8. I’ve made this bread so many times and it always come out great! I love the simplicity of it; it’s so quick to whip together. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!






    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thanks for sharing, Taylor! You probably have it memorized by now. Cheers :)

  9. Delicious! It came out great with applesauce. I also used oat flour, walnuts, and Hu chocolate chips.






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