If you’re looking for a vegan banana bread recipe, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll introduce you to one of the simplest vegan banana bread recipes ever.
Get ready to learn how to make a moist and sweet bread with a mouth-watering brown crust. Don’t worry about substituting the dairy products used to make regular banana bread, because this recipe has got you covered.
With the right overripe bananas, there’s no need for eggs. And the riper they are, the less sugar you’ll need, which is another plus.
Without further ado, here’s the vegan banana bread recipe that you should try next!
Vegan Banana Bread Recipe
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Course: Dessert, Breakfast
- 3 medium bananas, overripe
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, organic
- 1/3 granulated sugar, organic
- 1/3 cup baking oil
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 1tsp salt
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips (or chopped walnuts, pecans, or other favorite stir-in)
- ¼ cup organic brown sugar, for topping
- Heat the oven to 350°.
- Peel the bananas into a large mixing bowl.
- With a potato masher or fork, mash the bananas well.
- Add vanilla extract, oil, brown sugar, and sugar into the bowl and stir until mixed.
- To the bowl, add the flour. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon, salt, and baking soda on the flour.
- Stir until all the dry and wet ingredients are mixed.
- Fold in the chocolate chips, or your choice stir-ins.
- Oil a 9-inch loaf pan lightly and place a parchment paper along the center, width-wise. Make sure that a bit of the paper is hanging over the sides.
- Take the prepared batter and spoon it into the loaf pan.
- Smoothen the top of the batter and sprinkle it with brown sugar.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out dry, or for approximately 50 minutes.
- When ready, remove the loaf pan from the oven and place it on a cooling track. Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes, then remove from the pan.
- Slice and serve.
An easy-to-make vegan banana bread recipe…
If you’ve been struggling to make the perfect moist vegan banana bread, we’re confident that this recipe is ideal for you. By following this recipe, you’ll make sure that your bread does not turn out too dry, too moist, or too dense.
It’ll also not be too oily or greasy, which can ruin its texture and flavor. A great baking oil to use with this recipe is canola oil. You can also use coconut oil if you prefer.
There are also oil-free options, such as applesauce. The ripe bananas are also a good substitute for oil. They’ll keep your bread moist, bind the ingredients together, and improve on the texture.
Talking about texture… You can improve this further using your choice stir-ins. Add-ins such as walnuts and pecans will contribute to a crunchy texture that you’ll love.
That’s also what happens when you use brown sugar as a topping. When it melts in the oven, it’ll give your bread a rich brown crust that’s crunchy.
You only spend about 10 minutes preparing the batter, with the baking taking about 50 minutes. So, it’s quite easy to set aside time to try this recipe. Once you have your bread ready, enjoy it in the morning with tea or coffee, or as dessert.
A Quick, 5-Ingredient Version
You’ll like the fact that this vegan banana bread recipe is not only easy to make, but it can also be downsized further! There’s a simpler, 5-ingredient version that you can prepare in about the same time if you don’t want to use lots of ingredients.
Here it is:
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes
- 4 overripe medium bananas
- ½ cup baking oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).
- Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl using a potato masher or a fork.
- Add sugar, oil, baking soda, and flour to the mixing bowl with the mashed bananas.
- If you choose to use any add-ins like chocolate chips, add them at this point.
- Mix until all the ingredients are combined well.
- Prepare an 8×4 loaf pan by lining it with a baking paper.
- Transfer the batter into the lined loaf pan.
- Place the pan into the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Test if it’s fully baked by sticking a toothpick into the center of the bread. If it’s dry, the bread is ready.
- Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
- Put the bread on a cooling rack and allow it to cool further.
- Your bread is ready to slice and serve.
If you’d like to make your 5-ingredient vegan banana bread a little less basic, you can use some add-ins. You can add chocolate chips, dates, chopped almonds, walnuts, or raisins.
4 medium bananas are enough, but if you’re using large ones, only use 3. If you only have small ones, use 5. You can use self-raising flour instead of all-purpose flour, in which case you should do away with the baking soda.
For the sugar, you can use ½ a cup or a cup depending on how sweet you’d like your bread to be. However, note that the bananas will contribute a lot to the bread’s sweetness, so you might not need a lot of sugar.
Tips For Baking Your Vegan Banana Bread
Besides following the instructions in the recipe, there are other tips that can make sure that your banana bread turns out as mouth-watering as you anticipate. Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind when you get to try this vegan banana bread recipe:
Ensure that your bananas are overripe – Pick medium bananas that are overripe, with brown spots. This type will have just the right amount of sugar that you need to cut down on the regular sugar that you use for the bread.
Also, it’ll be easy to mix and have a powerful binding power, which will make it easy for you to create a good batter.
Always mix the wet ingredients first – You’ll notice that in this recipe, you first mixed the bananas with oil and the vanilla extract. Then you added the sugar, flour, and other dry ingredients. When you follow this sequence, you’ll be able to mix all the ingredients well and get the right consistency of your batter.
Avoid over-mixing – When you’re stirring the dry and wet ingredients together, you should be careful not to overmix them. This is because too much mixing will make the batter stiff, which will result in a hard bread that you might not enjoy.
Using stir-ins – You can use stir-ins at two points during the preparation. One, you can fold them into the batter after you’ve mixed the ingredients together. Or, you can sprinkle them on top of the batter in the loaf pan before putting it into the oven.
More Vegan Baking Recipes
Once you nail the vegan banana bread, I’m sure that you’ll be excited to try other vegan baking recipes. And that’s great because there’s a lot of those waiting for you!
You can find several vegan baking recipes in America’s Test Kitchen’s Vegan For Everybody: Foolproof, Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between. In this cookbook, you’ll find numerous vegan baking recipes that have been rigorously tested.
Whether you’d like to prepare blueberry muffins or cauliflower tacos next, this book has got you covered. The best part is that all of the recipes provided in it are easy to make.
With more than 200+ recipes included, it’ll be a long while before you’ve tried every vegan food that you’re interested in. Besides getting access to great baking recipes, you’ll also get important insight on how to prepare whole grains.
In addition, you’ll receive tips on cooking without dairy, increasing your vegan protein intake, and maximizing flavor without spending a lot on complicated ingredients.
To make sure that you’re always ready to whip up delicious vegan bread and other treats, you can keep the essential ingredients at the ready always. With these being plain flour, vegetable oil, baking soda, and perhaps some vanilla extract, you probably already have them in your kitchen.
You can also use dairy-free milk for some of your recipes. Make sure to always check the ingredient lists of every baking product that you buy to make sure that it’s truly vegan.
To get more vegan recipes, look at the recipes category of Pure Vegan Lifestyle. Want to try making vegan cheese, yogurt, or ice cream? You’ll find all the recipes here.
With such resources, you’ll find it easier to transition to a plant-based diet and maintain a vegan lifestyle. Also, you’ll be able to enjoy tasty vegan foods that are nutritious and easy to make at home.