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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Vegan Banana Bread Recipe (Healthy & Easy!)

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This Vegan Banana Bread is the best and easiest recipe ever! Made in just 1 bowl, with only 10 minutes of prep time, there is nothing better than this moist, flavorful, and fluffy banana bread!  

vegan banana bread, served on a white plate with a blue napkin in the background

I’m a sucker for baked goods. Especially for things that sound healthy but aren’t: pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, muffins, scones … so, so yummy, I dream of that freshly baked smell when I’m craving something indulgent for breakfast.

Of course, I rarely sit down and enjoy an entire piece of banana bread, because just one piece can run you up to 450-500 calories and 35-40g sugar (that’s more sugar and double the calories than a regular sized Milky Way Bar!)

When I bake banana bread at home, I prefer to lighten things up and enjoy a generous slice. This low calorie, super healthy, vegan banana bread is something you have to try!

It’s the perfect addition to your morning coffee, your afternoon tea, or just for a healthy snack or end-of-the-day treat!

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

ingredients for this vegan banana bread recipe
  • Bananas: The key here is overripe bananas – with lots of brown spots! You want as much natural sweetness form those bananas as you can get.
  • Applesauce: Make sure it’s unsweetened, no sugar added. Applesauce is one of my favorite healthy substitutions for butter in baking, because you can replace up to 1/2 of the amount of butter in a recipe with applesauce while still retaining all of the moistness of the original recipe.
  • Flour: I used a mix of all purpose and oat flour here, but for an even healthier bread you can use 100% oat flour, or you can use whole wheat pastry flour + oat flour (or even light spelt flour!) instead of all purpose.
  • Flax Eggs: Super easy to make, and essential for keeping this recipe vegan. Learn how to make a flax egg here.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8×5 inch loaf pans (or 1 9×9 baking pan) with olive oil spray. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

dry ingredients mixed in a bowl

Step 2: In a large bowl cream coconut oil (or vegan butter) and sugar with an electric mixer (you can also use a food processor for this). Add flax eggs, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl (or the food processor container).

bananas mashed in a bowl

Step 3: Add flour mixture and walnuts, then blend at low speed until combined. (You can also do this in a large bowl). Do not over mix.

wet + dry ingredients mixed in a bowl

Step 4: Pour batter into pan(s) and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

vegan banana bread, served on a white plate with a blue napkin in the background

Step 5: Let the banana bread cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing. If you use one 9×9 pan, this recipe will give you 16 huge slices, or 32 normal sized slices. If you use the loaf pans, this recipe will yield 26 slices.

piece of easy vegan banana bread, served on a white plate with a blue napkin in the background

What Makes This Vegan Banana Bread Healthy?

  • Low Calorie: You can enjoy a warm slice of this vegan banana bread, and it’s only 102 calories. Where can you find homemade bread for that few of calories? This is a perfect treat to enjoy if without feeling guilty!
  • Naturally Sweet, Low in Added Sugar: While we do add a little bit of brown sugar to the batter, most of the sweetness comes from the bananas. They are naturally sweet, and so that’s how you can get away without loading the bread with refined sugar. Each slice of this bread has only 2 grams of added sugar.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: You may be surprised to know that the bananas, walnuts, and applesauce all have a fantastic amount of vitamin B6. In addition, bananas are high in Vitamin B12, Potassium, and Magnesium.

Will Kids Enjoy This Homemade Banana Bread?

No one (kids included) can resist the incredible flavor and texture of this homemade vegan banana bread recipe. It’s naturally sweet, and the walnuts give it a lovely crunch that even the pickiest eaters are happy to indulge in. The best part is that the kids won’t even have a clue that this bread is actually providing them with much-needed nutrients. 

vegan banana bread, served on a white plate with a blue napkin in the background

Recipe FAQs

Can This Bread Be Made Into Muffins?

Yes, you can easily turn this into vegan banana muffins instead of loaves of bread. You will need to follow the same directions, but instead of greasing two loaf pans, you will need a muffin tin instead. The banana bread loaves take around 50 minutes to bake, but banana muffins won’t take near that long. You should set the timer for 20 minutes and check them. If they aren’t done, you will need to keep baking for a few more minutes.

How Do I Know When This Vegan Banana Bread Is Done?

Here is what to look for to determine if your bread is done:
Look at the loaf. It should appear to be set up and not jiggle when you shake the pan.
Lightly touch the top of the loaf with your finger. Bread that is done will bounce right back up, and if it needs to bake longer, you will have left a small indent where you finger touched.
Look to see if the bread has started to pull away from the sides of the pan slightly. This is a great indicator that it’s done or almost done baking.
Lastly, the toothpick method is my go-to because there is little room for error. Simply stick a toothpick in the center of the loaf and pull it out. If the toothpick is clean and there aren’t any bread particles or liquid on it, then it’s done. Otherwise, you may need to bake a few minutes longer. 

How Do I Store or Freeze Vegan Banana Bread?

To Store in the Fridge: After the vegan banana bread has cooled down completely, place it inside of an airtight food storage container. Keep the bread at room temperature or refrigerate it depending on your preference. The bread will keep for 3-4 days on the counter, or up to 1 week in the fridge. 
To Freeze: Wrap each piece in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Then put the pieces inside of a ziptop freezer bag or airtight container. It will last up to 2 months in the freezer. Let the bread thaw in the fridge before eating. 

Top Tips For Making The Best Vegan Banana Bread

  • Be sure to grease the pans before baking the loaves. Otherwise, the bread will stick to the pans and not come out very well without falling apart. 
  • You will need a food processor or an electric hand mixer to make the batter for the banana bread. 
  • It’s important not to overmix the batter. Overmixing will cause the bread to be dense and dried out. Mix until you don’t see any dry flour in the batter anymore.
  • Do not overbake the bread – that will also dry it out! Keep an eye on the time and check it with a toothpick. 
  • If your bread doesn’t rise, usually the reason is that your baking soda is old. You can test baking soda by sprinkling it in a glass of vinegar. If it fizzes, it’s good to go. If not, throw it out and buy new baking soda!
  • To make this recipe gluten free, you can use gluten free oat flour (made by grinding up gluten free oats), buckwheat flour, or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour.
  • You can make this recipe oil free by substituting the coconut oil for applesauce, but it will make the bread denser and not as fluffy.
  • If you don’t have brown sugar, you can use coconut sugar.
  • When measuring your flour, make sure you “spoon and level” it (spoon it into the measuring cup and level it with the back of a knife) versus scooping the flour out with a measuring cup. That will ensure you don’t add too much flour to the recipe.
  • Feel free to change up your add-ins! Try dark chocolate chips, pecans or hazelnuts instead of walnuts, chopped dates, or pumpkin seeds.

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Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

This Vegan Banana Bread is the best and easiest recipes ever! Made in just 1 bowl, with only 10 minutes of prep time, there is nothing better than this moist, flavorful, and fluffy banana bread!  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Baking, Bread, Brunch
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Servings: 32 slices
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 7 ripe medium bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil or vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar unpacked
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8×5 inch loaf pans (or 1 9×9 baking pan) with olive oil spray. In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer (you can also use a food processor for this). Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl (or the food processor container)
  • Add flour mixture and walnuts, then blend at low speed until combined. (You can also do this in a large bowl). Do not over mix.
  • Pour batter into pan(s) and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the banana bread cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

Video

https://youtu.be/uQkK5VxjNn0

Notes

Top Tips For Making The Best Vegan Banana Bread
  • Be sure to grease the pans before baking the loaves. Otherwise, the bread will stick to the pans and not come out very well without falling apart. 
  • You will need a food processor or an electric hand mixer to make the batter for the banana bread. 
  • It’s important not to overmix the batter. Overmixing will cause the bread to be dense and dried out. Mix until you don’t see any dry flour in the batter anymore.
  • Do not overbake the bread – that will also dry it out! Keep an eye on the time and check it with a toothpick. 
  • If your bread doesn’t rise, usually the reason is that your baking soda is old. You can test baking soda by sprinkling it in a glass of vinegar. If it fizzes, it’s good to go. If not, throw it out and buy new baking soda!
  • To make this recipe gluten free, you can use gluten free oat flour (made by grinding up gluten free oats), buckwheat flour, or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Flour.
  • You can make this recipe oil free by substituting the coconut oil for applesauce, but it will make the bread denser and not as fluffy.
  • If you don’t have brown sugar, you can use coconut sugar.
  • When measuring your flour, make sure you “spoon and level” it (spoon it into the measuring cup and level it with the back of a knife) versus scooping the flour out with a measuring cup. That will ensure you don’t add too much flour to the recipe.
  • Feel free to change up your add-ins! Try dark chocolate chips, pecans or hazelnuts instead of walnuts, chopped dates, or pumpkin seeds.
Note: If you use one 9×9 pan, this recipe will give you 16 huge slices, or 32 normal sized slices. If you use the loaf pans, this recipe will yield 26 slices. Nutritional info per slice based on the recipe being made in a 9×9 pan.  
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.2g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Sodium: 45.5mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 8g

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22 responses to “Vegan Banana Bread Recipe (Healthy & Easy!)”

  1. This recipe sounds amazing! My husband loves banana bread but I was always upset about the amount of sugar that is in it! This has just the right things that would blend perfectly together. My dad also loves banana bread, but I never found a recipe that has walnuts in it and it didn’t get dry! Thanks for this post!

    • Hi Katie! Aw yay! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe — the banana bread turns out to be super moist, and seriously tastes just as good as the traditional recipe 🙂 Let me know how you and your husband and dad like it!

  2. hey!! i tried this it comes out so yummy!! Thanks for sharing! Looking for more sugar free recipes if you have them!

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