Best Vegan Banana Bread

by Monique

This is the Best Vegan Banana Bread you will come across. It is fluffy, moist and has that perfect banana flavor. This will be your go to recipe and it just so happens to be not only vegan but oil-free!

Two slices of Best Vegan Banana Bread on a plate with the loaf behind and a blue striped kitchen towel.

This is the Best Vegan Banana Bread and I do not say that lightly. It is fluffy, moist, perfectly sweet and has that classic banana flavor. 

I am a banana bread lover, I would say it is most definitely on my list of my top favorite foods. Since the time I can remember I have been making banana bread.

It was on of the first baked goods I would get to help in the kitchen with. My mom had a Joy of Cooking cookbook and we would use the recipe from this book. It’s truly where my love of baking started.

This recipe was inspired by a previous coworkers, she always brought banana bread to our work parties and at the time I was vegetarian and I loved it. I asked for the recipe and changed a few things up and made it vegan. I honestly couldn’t believe how well it turned out!

You’ll need 10 ingredients and a little over an hour to make this recipe. 

Happy Baking!

Best Vegan Banana Bread loaf sliced with a striped kitchen towel.

Now doesn’t that look tasty! I know nuts are a big banana bread debate, I like it both ways. In this recipe they are totally optional! 

Three slices of Best Vegan Banana Bread sitting in a row vertically.

As with most baked goods you want to make sure not to over mix your batter. You should just mix the ingredients until combined. When you over mix your batter it will not be as fluffy.

I recommend mixing banana bread batter by hand versus a standing mixer to avoid over mixing. 

Batter in a bowl for Best Vegan Banana Bread.

You will also want to make sure not to over bake your bread. It should be golden brown and a toothpick should come out mostly clean. 

Loaf of Best Vegan Banana Bread in the pan.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Flour – All-purpose flour works best for this recipe.
  • Baking Powder & Soda – Make sure they are not expired as expired leavening agents do not work. 
  • Salt – I use a very fine Sea Salt for baking. 
  • Sugar – Regular granulated sugar for this recipe. I am sure you could replace this with coconut sugar although I have not tested it myself. 
  • Flax Egg –  A Flax Egg is ground flax meal mixed with water. Once it sets for 5 minutes it gels up and is a great egg substitute. 
  • Applesauce – Use a unsweetened and unflavored applesauce. 
  • Almond Milk – Any plant milk will work but make sure to use a unsweetened and unflavored option. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – When combined with plant milk this creates a vegan buttermilk. 
  • Bananas – You will want your bananas to be very spotty and ripe. 
  • Walnuts – Totally optional but recommended. I used raw walnuts meaning they are unsalted. 
Two slice of Best Vegan Banana Bread.

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Two slices of Best Vegan Banana Bread on a plate with the loaf behind and a blue striped kitchen towel.

Best Vegan Banana Bread

This is the Best Vegan Banana Bread you will come across. It is fluffy, moist and has that perfect banana flavor. This will be your go to recipe and it just so happens to be not only vegan but oil-free!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 10 slices

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp. flax meal+5 tbsp. water)
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 very ripe bananas mashed
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make flax eggs by mixing flax meal with water in a small bowl and set aside for five minutes.
  • Combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl and set aside for five minutes to make vegan buttermilk.
  • In a bowl cream sugar, applesauce and flax eggs together.
  • In another bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
  • Add baking soda to buttermilk mixture and stir.
  • Add buttermilk mixture into creamed mixture and stir.
  • Slowly add flour mixture and stir just until incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Fold in mashed banana and walnuts.
  • Pour into greased loaf pan (use a light metal color or aluminum pan)
  • Bake for 50 minutes to an hour. The bread is done when you can stick a tooth pick in the center and it comes clean.
  • Let the bread cool before storing.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Quick breads should only ever be cooked in a metal (preferably light in color) loaf pan or aluminum pan. This helps the bread to cook evenly.
  • Make sure you do not over mix this batter like with most it won't be quite as fluffy if you do.
  • This does freeze well. Pro tip, warm in the microwave and serve with a light slather of butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 308mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg
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2 comments

Kinsey September 8, 2020 - 7:09 pm

5 stars
This banana bread lives up to its name! The BEST vegan banana bread! So, so good.

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Monique September 18, 2020 - 9:45 pm

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it!

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