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Best Vegan Banana Bread

Check out our Vegan Banana Bread Recipe. This recipe is oil free and can easily be tweaked to make it suitable for both gluten free and paleo diets. To make it gluten free, just use gluten free flour!

Do you ever find yourself throwing away bananas that have gone too brown? Don’t waste them! This is the perfect tasty way to use them up!

Ingredients for the Best Vegan Banana Bread

  • 4 – 5 Ripe bananas – ones that have got speckles on them and are going brown
  • 1 Cup of Sugar (I used a mix of demerara sugar and white sugar but you can use any)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 cups of flour (I used one cup of wholemeal bread flour and one cup of tapioca flour because that was what I had in the cupboard. You can use all gluten free flour and flour to suit paleo diets)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 handful of raisins
  • 1 handful of crushed walnuts
  • Jam optional for topping
  • Desiccated coconut optional for topping
vegan banana bread recipe
All of the ingredients except for Jam and Coconut which is optional


Start be greasing a small loaf tin. Preheat the fan oven to 180 degrees c. (Adjust temperature for different types of oven)

Place the bananas, sugar, vanilla essence in a bowl. Use a stick blender to blitz it all until smooth. Add in a 1/3 of a cup of water and blitz again.

In a different bowl, place the 2 cups of flour, sprinkle the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in to the flour, sprinkle the 1 teaspoon of baking powder into the flour and also sprinkle in the 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Mix this all together using a hand whisk until well mixed.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and give it a stir. Do not over stir, just until all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated.

Add in a handful of raisins and an optional handful of walnuts. Sometimes I put the walnuts in the mix and sometimes crumbled on top. Stir them in to the wet mix.

Get your loaf tin ready and pour the mixture into it. You can sprinkle the crushed walnuts onto the top of the loaf if you haven’t put them in the mix itself.

Place the loaf tin in the centre of the oven at 180 degrees c and cook for 1 hour.

The finished article – the best vegan banana bread

After an hour take the loaf tin out of the oven, turn the banana bread out of the tin and allow to cool on a rack or plate. I can’t resist having an end slice whilst it is still hot and crisp. Enjoy the Best Vegan Banana Bread!

You can spread the top with strawberry jam or your favourite flavour jam and sprinkle with desiccated coconut. We think it looks lovely with the jam and coconut on and it adds a lovely extra bit of flavour. Let us know what you think, send us your pics of your banana breads and share the recipe with friends! Thanks!

The Best Vegan Banana Bread

Other resources

Check out our other vegan recipes here:

Check out the website of the Vegan Society if you are interested in veganism:

For details on the benefits of a vegan diet, check out Mic the Vegan’s YouTube, he presents lots of evidence based facts around veganism:

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