Simple and Moist Vegan Banana Bread

By Rena Awada |

This incredibly moist, gluten-free Vegan Banana Bread recipe is super simple to make and filled with the best sweet flavors! Made with ripe bananas, coconut sugar, almond flour, coconut oil, and dairy-free chocolate to create one of the best banana bread recipes you’ll ever eat.

top view of sliced vegan banana bread

Simple Vegan Banana Bread is easy to bake in the oven for a yummy healthy breakfast recipe or dessert. Super moist and soft with rich chocolate and banana flavors with a hint of citrus, this banana bread recipe is one of the best sweet bread recipes that is also made with gluten-free flour!

Prepare this vegan recipe for banana bread with your favorite chopped nuts for extra crunch, nutrition, and texture in this yummy recipe. We like to enjoy this delicious loaf by slicing it into slices and serving warm with salty vegan butter for the best banana bread.

Fluffy and eggless chocolate banana bread is a healthy recipe you can enjoy any time of the day because it is refined sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and made with wholesome ingredients that will not weigh you down. If you want a little bit of extra protein for an energy boost, then you can serve this moist sweet bread with your favorite spread of creamy or crunchy nut butter.

WHY THIS EASY GLUTEN-FREE BANANA BREAD RECIPE IS THE BEST

  • Fluffy and Delicious: This moist and egg-free banana bread is so soft and delicious to bite into especially while it is warm. The melted chocolate chips blend perfectly with the sweet bananas and coconut sugar to make a recipe that is not too sweet but sweet enough.
  • Easy and Straightforward Recipe: All you have to do in this simpe banana recipe is mix a handful of pantry ingredients and bake it all together into one loaf. Easy enough, right?
  • Customizeable: In the mood for vegan banana muffins? Easily turn this vegan banana bread recipe into a muffin recipe by following this recipe–just omit what is not plant-based.
  • Kid-Friendly: Both young and older kids can enjoy this sweet bread right before school or as an afterschool snack. This banana bread is also a great dessert for kids who are gluten-free but still want to experience sweet treats.
flour slices of vegan banana bread

INGREDIENTS FOR EASY VEGAN BANANA BREAD

You’re going to love this bread recipe. Make an extra loaf for meal prep and freeze it for the next time you get the craving for banana bread.

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • Ground Flaxseed: Flaxmeal is used as a flax egg to keep it vegan but held together. Flaxseed is super nutritious and rich in healthy fats, omega-3s, protein, fiber, and more.
  • Almond and Oat Flour: These two gluten-free flours allow this banana bread to remains super dense and moist while it bakes. If you’re using almond flour or oat flour, then you will almost always need an additional flour to balance it out so keep in mind you will need BOTH flours for this recipe.
  • Baking Powder and Soda: Simple pantry ingredients such as baking powder and soda are baking essentials and allow this bread to rise to its fullest. Without these ingredients, you would have a flat bread!
  • Kosher Salt: Kosher sea salt is used as an aid in baking the bread in addition to balancing out all the sweet flavors.

WET INGREDIENTS

  • Water: Filtered water is used to create the flax egg and allows it to be an egg-like consistency.
  • Bananas: Four ripe bananas are used to make sure this bread is filled with plenty of banana flavor and soft textures. The spottier and softer the bananas, the sweeter and tastier they are! Bananas are also healthier once they are a little more ripened, and the best banana breads are made with super spotty bananas.
  • Coconut Oil: Melted coconut oil is used in place of butter to hold everything together and keep it moist. You can use any vegetable oil or a vegan butter.
  • Almond Milk: Dairy-free almond or coconut milk are great for this recipe and keep it light. Any kind of plant-based milk will work.
  • Coconut Sugar: Refined sugar-free coconut sugar is a great option if you’re wanting to avoid basic sugar. Coconut sugar is not as sweet so the banana bread is not as overwhelming.
  • Orange: Bright orange peel extract or zest gives this bread recipe the perfect amount of aromatic citrus. The orange is a key ingredient in making sure this vegan banana bread tastes the best!
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract is paired with the orange to make sure the banana bread is fragrant with flavor.
bananas, chocolate chips, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oat flour, almond flour, water, flaxmeal, milk, vanilla extract,

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN oat BANANA BREAD

  • Preheat oven: First, make sure the oven is warm enough by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Prepare flaxegg: In a small bowl, mix the water with the flaxmeal and gently stir. Allow the “egg” to rest for five minutes.
  • Whisk dry ingredients: Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the almond and oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
oat flour and almond flour in bowl
  • Mix wet ingredients and combine with dry: In a separate medium bowl, mix the mashed bananas, coconut oil, almond milk, coconut sugar, extracts, and flaxegg until combined. Next, pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix until just combined being sure not to overmix or the bread will not rise.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips: Now, gently fold the chocolate chips into the bread batter.
  • Bake the banana chocolate bread: Finally, bake the banana bread in the oven for fifty to sixty minutes or until a knife inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  • Rest: Once the bread is baked, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest in the pan for at least ten minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
banana bread batter in bowl with chocolate chips
banana bread batter in loaf pan with parchment paper and chocolate chips

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What can I use instead of bananas in banana bread?

If you happen to run out of bananas while you’re baking your bread or don’t have as many as you thought you had, then you can replace one banana with ½ cup of applesauce.

Is banana bread healthier than normal bread?

Most storebought prepackaged banana bread is not any more healthy than normal bread, but this vegan banana bread recipe is healthier than normal bread because it is gluten-free and made without refined sugar!

Why does my banana bread not taste like banana?

The ripe bananas contain a substance called eugenol which dulls as it is exposed to heat so that is why the bread does not taste as prominent sometimes. For this recipe, we used four bananas to make sure the bread has plenty of banana flavor.

Do bananas have to be overripe to make banana bread?

The bananas should definitely be soft and spotty to make sure they are flavorful enough for the bread.

top view of banana bread slice held in hand

RECIPE NOTES, TIPS, AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Sprinkle chopped nuts into the batter and atop the bread. Some nut options include chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds.
  • Add blueberries or strawberries to this vegan banana bread to make a blueberry or strawberry banana bread recipe.
  • Drizzle some peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter into the bread batter or just serve it with the bread.
  • Instead of chocolate chips you can chop up a dark chocolate bar.
  • Omit the chocolate if you do not want any chocolate flavors.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. Freeze banana bread slices in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to three months and allow to thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Coconut sugar can be replaced with maple syrup or agave nectar.
one stack of vegan banana bread slices with chocolate chips

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS PERFECT MOIST BANANA BREAD

Here are some of our favorite foods to serve with this vegan banana bread. Whether we’re enjoying it for breakfast, meal prep, or snack, there are several options!

5-Ingredient Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding
Tropical Protein Smoothie Recipe
Healthy Oatmeal Bars
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

top view sliced banana bread stacks with a side of banana

MORE DELICIOUS BREAD RECIPES

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Easy Banana Date and Nut Bread

Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Homemade Chia Seed Whole Wheat Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

close view of vegan banana bread slice

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top view sliced banana bread stacks with a side of banana

Super Moist and Simple Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

This incredibly moist, gluten-free Vegan Banana Bread recipe is super simple to make and filled with the best sweet flavors! Made with ripe bananas, coconut sugar, almond flour, coconut oil, and dairy-free chocolate to create one of the best banana bread recipes you'll ever eat.
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Course: bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Kosher, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 303kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
  • 1 ⅓ cup almond flour
  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 medium bananas mashed
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted
  • cup almond milk or coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon orange peel extract or 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk the flax with the water and allow it to sit for a bit.
  • In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips. In a medium bowl, whisk all wet ingredients, together with the flax egg.
  • Pour the wet over dry and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips, then transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

  • Sprinkle chopped nuts into the batter and atop the bread. Some nut options include chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds.
  • Add blueberries or strawberries to this vegan banana bread to make a blueberry or strawberry banana bread recipe.
  • Drizzle some peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter into the bread batter or just serve it with the bread.
  • Instead of chocolate chips, you can chop up a dark chocolate bar.
  • Omit the chocolate if you do not want any chocolate flavors.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. Freeze banana bread slices in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for up to three months and allow to thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Coconut sugar can be replaced with maple syrup or agave nectar.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 2mg
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