This vegan banana bread recipe is so easy to make and completely oil-free. It’s healthy, moist, and the best vegan banana bread ever! 1 bowl and 7 simple ingredients are all you need.
Banana bread is one of the easiest, and most delicious, ways not to waste food in your home. It’s also an excellent use of pantry items as well. So, if all your bananas have turned brown or you’ve got a freezer full of rock hard brown bananas it’s time to pull’em out. Because we’re about to make the best ever vegan Banana Bread!
This is one of my most popular recipes and there’s a reason for that – it’s so freaking GOOD! This vegan banana bread recipe uses only whole food ingredients, and it’s so moist, sweet, and delicious. And, there’s no oil, no dairy, and no refined sugar. You can very easily make it gluten-free as well. There’s no doubt in my mind that you are going to love it!
How To Make Vegan Banana Bread
You won’t believe how easy it is to make vegan banana bread. 1 bowl and some very simple pantry ingredients are all you need.
Preheat your oven to 350˚F and line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper. You can also use a silicone loaf pan as well.
- Place the bananas in a medium or large mixing bowl and mash well using a fork or potato masher. Add in all the remaining wet ingredients and mix until everything is well combined.
- Add in all the dry ingredients and mix until everything is “just” combined. DO NOT OVERMIX. Think “pancake batter” consistency. A little thick with some lumps.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. The banana bread is done once you insert a knife or toothpick and it comes out clean. Keep in mind all appliances are different so cooking time can vary.
Remove the banana bread from the oven and let it cool for a bit in the baking pan. Then, carefully remove it and allow it to cool on a cutting board or cooling rack. The longer you let it set the easier it will slice. The texture and flavor will get better as well.
TIP: If you want to get fancy slice an extra banana in half and gently press it into the batter before baking. It’s sure to impress everyone. Which is what it’s all about…right?
That’s all there is to it! And, in less than an hour you have a beautiful golden-brown loaf of the easiest, healthiest, and most delicious vegan banana bread.
This wonderful banana bread recipe is sure to be a family favorite. And, I can assure you it is extremely kid-friendly. I usually have to make two or three loaves at a time just so we have enough for a few days. Yes, it’s that good. And, no, not because I eat it all.
Vegan Banana Bread FAQ
How Do I Make Vegan Banana Bread Muffins? Easy. Simply follow the same recipe, spoon the batter into a muffin tin lined with those little paper cups, and bake for 35-40 minutes. Silicone muffin pans are excellent as well. The muffins are done once you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
How Do I Make Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread? Use your favorite gluten-free baking flour or gluten-free oat flour. Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour is excellent.
How Long Will Vegan Banana Bread Last? Simply cover and store at room temperature on your counter for a couple of days or in the fridge for up to a week. FYI, be sure and wrap it well in order to prevent it from drying out, especially once it’s been sliced.
Why Do You Make Vegan Banana Bread With Applesauce?: Oil is pure fat and 100% of its calories come from fat. It’s NOT healthy and it’s also not necessary. Applesauce is the oil replacement and does a beautiful job. All you’re giving up is unnecessary calories not flavor!
How Do You Freeze Banana Bread? You can store this banana bread for 2 months in a freezer safer container or storage bag. Let it that in the fridge overnight. I enjoy heating up a nonstick skillet and heating for just a minute or two on each side. It gets all warm and a little crispy around the edges. So good.
Tips For Making the Best Vegan Banana Bread
Ripe Bananas: Remember to use very ripe bananas. In other words, the browner the better. Bananas become sweeter the riper they get, thereby, allowing you to use less sweetener.
Moisture Is Important: DO NOT leave out the applesauce. Remember, this recipe is oil-free and the applesauce is the oil replacement. If you don’t have unsweetened applesauce be sure and check out my list of Healthy Oil Replacements In Baking.
Do Not Over Mix: If you over mix the batter you will get dry and dense bread. Banana bread is supposed to be somewhat “wet”. It shouldn’t be like regular homemade bread. Simply mix until everything is “just” combined.
Optional Add-ins: Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, walnuts, pecans, and dairy-free chocolate chips are great additions to the batter. They add a level of flavor and texture and make this vegan banana bread recipe even better. I usually start with about 1 tsp. of my chosen spice, ¼ cup of nuts, and ½ cup of chocolate chips.
I hope you enjoy this vegan banana bread recipe as much as we do. It’s…
- Naturally sweet
- SO Delicious!