Vegan Banana Bread: Go Bananas for this Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

Raise your hand if you think vegan banana bread should be moist, delicious, cinnamon-y, banana-filled, and tasting of nothing but goodness? 🙋‍♀️ And now raise your hand if banana bread often does not live up to your very high expectations? 🙋‍♀️ Well, I am here to assure you that your expectations will always be met with this vegan-friendly banana bread recipe, and you will feel confident when sharing these yummy, moist morsels with others, without fear of any dry bread repercussions.

I mean, what’s worse than dry banana bread? Expired fruit cake maybe? 😳

A loaf of fluffy, yet moist banana bread is one of those foods that can work as a healthy, quick breakfast or can turn into a simple, no-fuss dessert. Served with fresh berries in the morning, or coconut whip cream after dinner, banana bread satisfies the pickiest of palates, any time of day or night.

I converted this recipe when I became vegan, replacing dairy and eggs with vegan butter and applesauce. I get that vegan butter is not super-healthy, but, sometimes you just gotta live a little. Right?! Since this recipe can be treated as dessert, given that it does have 3/4 cup of sugar,  you likely won’t want to gobble it up in mass quantities every single day. I mean, you will WANT to but, you probably shouldn’t. 🤷‍♀️

When all is said and done, this banana bread has respectable nutrition facts and, I do believe we should feel deserving of a sweet treat every now and again. I will also admit that I stumbled upon a secret, whereby adding almost double the cinnamon I used to add, brings out a memorable, spicy depth of flavor. OK, OK, the additional cinnamon may or may not have been an accidental stumble where I misread my notes one day, but I gotta say, at 1 tbsp vs 1 tsp, it works!🤔

Add more or less cinnamon. Use different plant-based milks. Try adding chopped walnuts or pecans or semi-sweet chips…whatever your heart’s desire! I encourage you to try it this way once and then next time make it your own. That’s what I love about my recipes…there is room for your creativity! 😀

Scroll to some of the additional images below the nutrition facts to see how I switched up this vegan banana bread recipe, myself. I even show some muffins too!

When you’re just trying to keeping veganism REAL, you gotta have REAL recipes that are versatile not to mention tried and true! 👩‍🍳

PS. If you like this bread, try my recipe for Vegalicious Chocolate Cookies! They are sweet and simple and oh so good! 🤤

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Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

Jennifer Markell
Moist and flavorful banana bread can be the base for a perfect breakfast or for a tasty dessert. Heck, I've been known to eat my banana bread in the middle of the day for no reason! This banana bread recipe is tried and true and will have you craving a piece or two, all day long. It's super simple to make and even easier to eat! Add nuts or cacao chips or semi-sweet chips to switch it up. This recipe can also be made into a bread loaf or individual muffins, just adjust the time as mentioned below. I hope you enjoy this bread as much as we do!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast or Anytime, Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour I love King Arthur brand
  • 1 tsp salt I like using Maldon sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 very ripe bananas - mashed the more ripe, the sweeter the banana, the sweeter the bread
  • 1 tbsp nut-milk I use organic soy milk
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon this seems like a lot because it is. If you aren't a cinnamon fan, use 1/2 tbsp.
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter - softened 8 tbsp = one stick
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 4 oz unsweetened applesauce this is one single serving cup; I use organic applesauce (if I don't make my own!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325°; lightly grease a loaf pan or muffin pans using a little vegan butter or coconut oil
  • Add the flour, salt, and baking powder, and baking soda to a bowl and gently combine. Set aside.
  • Peel the bananas and add them to a bowl. Add the cinnamon and the nut-milk. Mash all the ingredients together with a potato masher or the back of a fork. Make sure there are no large chunks and the cinnamon and milk are well blended.
  • Softened the butter and add to a mixing bowl. Start to whip butter with a handheld or stand mixer. Add the sugar, applesauce, and vanilla. Continue to blend until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together. With a spoon, fold the banana mixture into the sugar mixture and gently combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently mix to thoroughly combine. The batter mixture should not be watery, but rather on the thick side. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan (or spoon mixture into greased muffins pans*).
  • Bake on 325° F for about 50 minutes. I check mine after 45 minutes to ensure I don't over-bake. (*See note on muffin cooking time below).
  • Remove the pan(s) from oven and let cool before removing the bread (or muffins) from the pan(s). Enjoy...and then come back and tell me what you think! 😀

Notes

*Note- If using muffin pans, the muffins will cook more quickly than a bread loaf. Check the muffins every 5 minutes after the first 20 minutes (using a toothpick) to ensure muffins do not over-bake. Over-baked muffins won't be as moist, but will still have great flavor!
Keyword banana, banana bread, vegan banana bread

Note: Nutrition Facts on all recipes are an approximation only, using the Very Well Fit recipe nutrition calculator.

 

Vegan banana bread with semi-sweet chips

Mix it up and try adding semi-sweet chocolate chips!

 

Using the same vegan banana bread mixture, I made muffins!

Mix it up and make muffins with chopped walnuts! A nutty, sweet, fruity treat!


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19 Comments

  1. Joanne on at

    Okay, you got me at adding chocolate chips!

  2. April Aleman on at

    Yum!!!

  3. Suzan on at

    A nice vegan version! Love the muffin option.

  4. Holly Bird on at

    5 stars
    Love this recipe!! I can not wait to try this, especially with the chocolate chips! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  5. Alexandra on at

    This is very interesting, thank you for sharing! i haven’t tried making banana bread ever – but you got me convinced

  6. Haley Kelley on at

    Love recipes that are for everyone!

  7. Lisa Manderino on at

    Banana Bread may be my very favorite! I love making it!

  8. Angela on at

    Baked banana goodies are a family favorite. This looks moist and amazing.

  9. Stacey on at

    I love banana bread! I’ll have to give this recipe a shot. It does look moist!

  10. Karla on at

    Yummy, yummy. Passing this on to my daughter.

  11. Lina on at

    I love banana bread! And adding chocolate chips to it. Yummy!

  12. Kendra on at

    This looks so moist and yummy! I totally giggled at your fruitcake reference! Dry banana bread is no good! I’ll definitely try this recipe!

  13. Laura Lee on at

    This looks great! I love banana bread, but now I have to go look up what exactly is in vegan in butter. Haha!

  14. T.M. Brown on at

    Oooh ~ I have friends who would love this recipe. Going to share with them!!!

  15. Tricia Snow on at

    This looks so amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Nicole Cruze on at

    Ok, I love banana bread and this looks and sounds so good!

  17. Shirley on at

    Looks good! I love banana nut bread. Hardly ever make it tho. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Heather on at

    This looks great. I would think vegan butter and regular butter are the same in terms of being healthy/unhealthy, no?

  19. Pauline on at

    Yummy. We just made some yesterday and it was delicious. I’ll try this one when my sister in law is in town because she has egg and dairy allergies.

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