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How to Make Vegan Banana Bread

Can you think of anything better than the smell of freshly baked banana bread? Just take a bite of this soft and moist bread, and enjoy the sweet taste of the banana and spices. It’s so delicious, your non-vegan friends won’t even know the difference!

Photo of vegan banana bread sliced with bananas in background

I have tried many times to make great vegan banana bread and almost gave up. But finally, I think I’ve made the perfect one and can’t wait to share it!

This vegan banana bread is easy to make and very hard to stop eating. It’s moist and sweet, and the spices are spot on.

Ingredients to make vegan banana bread

The most important ingredient to make the best vegan banana bread is overripe bananas! Let the bananas ripen at room temperature for about a week or until they are spotty, ugly, and brown. If they look ready to throw away, they’re perfect.

For the dry ingredients, I add cinnamon and a little cardamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, plus two types of sugars (brown and white granulated).

The wet ingredients include vanilla extract, and coconut oil, though you can use a very mild olive oil or even vegetable oil. And of course, some plant milk like soy, oat, or coconut.

For the loaf pan, use a standard 9″ x 5″ sized pan. I always coat the sides of the pan with coconut oil or vegan butter to avoid sticking – even if it’s supposed to be a non-stick pan. The recipe makes one loaf.

You can also use a muffin tin or cupcake pan – again, coat the sides of each well or use parchment muffin liners or paper baking cups. Baking time for these will vary – 20-25 minutes or until done in the center.

loaf of baked banana bread with spoon and fork

Alternatives

If you want to take this recipe to another level, try adding raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips. Or better yet – use all three!!

Mix them in with the batter and pour into the pan. Be sure to chop the nuts into smaller pieces to avoid choking problems.

My favorite additions to this recipe are:

  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Raisins
  • Chopped dates
  • Chocolate chips
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Crushed pineapple

Vegan Banana Bread

This easy vegan banana bread recipe is moist and delicious, with the perfect blend of spices.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Plant-based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: vegan desserts
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe bananas mashed
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup olive or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup soy (or other plant-based) milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven on 350 degrees
  • In a bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and mix until smooth
    Mixing the wet ingredients
  • Pour the vanilla and oil over the mashed bananas and blend
  • Add the the dry ingredients (flour, sugars, salt, spices, baking soda and baking powder)
    Dry and wet ingredients needs to be mixed
  • Quickly stir the wet and the dry ingredients together until blended
    Banana bread mix
  • Pour the mix into greased loaf pan, and cook at 350 for 40 minutes or until golden and done in the center
    Banana bread mix ready to go in the oven
  • Remove from oven and cool until ready to serve.

Notes

You can easily add nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips to this recipe. Just add them into the mixture and bake!  

How to serve vegan banana bread

Banana bread can be eaten alone or served with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream. Serve it cold, or try toasting a slice with some vegan butter.

If you have a sweet tooth, spread some strawberry or raspberry jam on top.

You can also top with peanut butter and bananas as an ode to Elvis Presley!

This vegan banana bread is so versatile, that you can actually eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Try it for dessert after eating a plate of my delicious penne all’ arrabbiata.

Storage tips

To keep your bread from drying out, allow it to cool completely before wrapping a layer of plastic wrap around it. You can store the bread this way on the counter for about three days.

Another way to store your bread is in a loaf storage container, like this one.

You can also freeze this bread for up to two months. Simply allow it to cool, wrap the plastic wrap around it a couple of times, then store it in a freezer-sized zip lock bag. You can also put it in a glass or plastic container with a lid.  


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sliced banana bread loaf with bananas

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