You’ll love this vegan banana bread recipe because of its moist texture and the buttery brown sugar flavors infused with baked bananas. It’s a soft and tender crumb with a crispy crust. One delicious slice after another is filled with ripe bananas and walnuts. See tips below for making this vegan quick bread gluten-free and sugar-free too!
I’ve been a fan of the banana for as long as I can remember, so the idea of making a yummy Vegan Banana Bread recipe was a win from the get-go! The real question was could I do this? Could I make a banana bread recipe vegan? I started with my mom’s recipe and within a few tries, I had it just right!
When you combine a crispy crust with a fluffy banana-flavored middle, you’ll end up with a perfect weekday (or weekend) treat.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Using ripe bananas adds an undeniably delicious banana flavor in every slice
- Brown sugar keeps this quick bread moist and adds and amazing caramel flavor
- Toasting the walnuts adds a nutty, crunchy flavor making this the best vegan banana bread ever!
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Ripe bananas — I like to use 3 ripe bananas for lots of banana flavor
- Vegan butter — I use Earth Balance
- Brown sugar — You can use dark, light, or homemade brown sugar
- Plant-based milk — My favorite is soy milk, but any plant-based milk will do
- Ground Flaxseed
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda + Baking powder — These two together create lift in the loaf
- Toasted Walnuts — Toast walnuts by baking them in a preheated oven for 5 minutes to bring out the nutty flavor and crunch!
You can also use whole wheat pastry flour in a quick bread. Sometimes, it can be tricky to find whole wheat pastry flour — it’s either next to the flours in the baking section or in the health food section of most grocery stores.
How to Make Vegan Banana Bread
Once you see how easy it is, you’ll be like me and wanting to make vegan banana bread all the time! Here are the steps involved:
Step One: Mash Bananas with Wet Ingredients
Add the bananas to a food processor and pulse until mostly mashed. Leaving some texture is fine. This should equal around 1 1/3 cups of mashed bananas. Add the mashed bananas along with vegan butter, sugar, vanilla, plant-based milk, flax, and cornstarch, in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until combined.
To do this by hand, use a fork to mash the bananas in a bowl. Then add the other ingredients and stir them all together. Some people prefer hand-mashing bananas because it leaves more banana texture throughout the banana bread.
Step Two: Mix Together Dry Ingredients
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. If you’re adding nuts, then fold in toasted walnuts into the flour mixture.
Step Three: Optional Toasted Walnuts
Are you adding walnuts to your banana bread? If so, I highly recommend toasting them first. Toasted walnuts have a nuttier flavor and a better crunch which can transform a quick bread from good to great in minutes!
To toast walnuts, preheat the oven to 350F. Then place the walnuts on a baking pan and bake them for approximately 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them because they can burn quickly! Then remove them from the oven and let them cool before chopping. Add chopped toasted walnuts to the flour mixture and stir them until they’re coated.
Step Four: Make Banana Bread Batter
Next, pour the banana mixture in with the flour mixture and stir until just combined. You want to make sure there are no pockets of flour in the batter.
Always make sure your pan is prepared and the oven is preheated before combining wet and dry ingredients. This will help you take advantage of the chemical reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda, making a softer and loftier loaf of bread!
Step Five: Bake
Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes. You want the top of the loaf to be golden brown and it should be pulling away from the sides of the pan. This is an indication the bread is done, but I always insert a tester to make sure. To do this you can use a toothpick or a thin-bladed knife (like a paring knife). It should come out clean.
Best Vegan Banana Nut Bread Recipe
I grew up in a family of four kids. None of us wanted to get the heal slice when it came to the loaf of bread. I mean, who wants the heal? But that all changes when we’re talking bout Vegan Banana Nut Bread. Why? Because the heal is a nice, crispy crust, just like the top. You’ll especially notice this when you eat it fresh from the oven, after it’s just cool enough to eat…but still warm.
Ah, warm Vegan Banana Nut Bread. It’s great stuff.
If you love the flavors of bananas combined with walnuts, something tells me you’re going to love this bread too. This is called a quick bread because it doesn’t require yeast to make it rise. However, it still requires a long time to bake the loaf — around an hour. But I promise you, the smells that erupt from your oven and fill your house will make the wait even that much better.
New to Vegan Baking?
The idea of making cookies, cakes, or muffins without eggs or dairy can seem like a hill too tall to climb. But with the simple tips in my Guide to Vegan Baking, you’ll be baking like a vegan pro in no time!
Use these tips and tricks to make this recipe for vegan banana bread perfect every time:
- You can sub half the fat with peanut butter
- Make sure you’ve got the pan greased and ready to go before making the batter
- I’ve added strawberries to make Vegan Strawberry Banana Bread, and other berries would work too
- Leave out the nuts if you don’t like them
- You can make this into a vegan oil-free banana bread by substituting 1/2 cup applesauce for the butter.
- Use whatever plant-based milk you’d like. I used unsweetened soy or almond milk
- Feel free to sub coconut oil for the vegan butter in this recipe
- Be sure and use a tester to make sure the bread is done before removing it from the oven.
What can I substitute for eggs for in banana bread?
Because bananas are a go-to egg replacer, you don’t even need eggs in banana bread. As a result, no additional egg replaces are required. However, if you simply want to add them, there are many ways to substitute eggs in banana bread. For example, you can use applesauce (1/4 cup per egg), a Flax Egg, a Chia Egg, or whipped tofu (1/4 cup per egg).
Is banana bread vegan?
Unfortunately, the standard banana bread recipe is not vegan. It actually doesn’t make much sense because bananas are a favorite egg replacer in vegan baking. If one were into conspiracies, you’d almost think people were intentionally inserting eggs in recipes…even when it’s completely unnecessary!
How can I make banana bread healthier?
This vegan banana bread recipe is not a low-calorie treat. In fact, it has around 320 calories per slice. However, it is a bit healthier than the traditional version because it’s made without eggs. You can reduce the calories even further by making it sugar-free. To do this use a sweetener like Swerve. I’ve had great success with Swerve and you use it on a 1:1 basis with sugar.
Can you make this bread gluten-free?
You can make this into gluten-free vegan banana bread by subbing gluten-free baking flour in place of the all-purpose flour. I oftentimes add around 1/4 cup almond flour when using gluten-free flour to add tenderness to the quick loaf.
More Vegan Banana Recipes
If you’re into all things banana, like me, you should take a look at my favorite banana recipes vegan adapted:
- This Vegan Banana Cream Pie is divine!
- Or how about these Vegan Banana Blondies with Peanut Butter Frosting.
- Make these Vegan Banana Muffins for the ultimate in banana flavor!
- Go all-in on the wheat with this whole wheat banana bread recipe. It’s so tasty you won’t believe it’s made with whole wheat flour!
- This Vegan Banana Cake recipe is a go-to favorite, Imagine vegan banana cakes with vegan cream cheese frosting! Delicious!
This Vegan Banana Nut Bread can be served on it’s on own, but it would be even better to serve a slice with a Vegan Hot Chocolate. It takes breakfast to an entirely different level.
Of course, you can serve this quick bread any time of day, whether it be for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert! Just drizzle some chocolate syrup over the top or serve it with some Vegan Whipped Cream to make it an elegant evening dessert! And, as always, it makes a great gift to give to neighbors, teachers, friends, and more. Just wrap the loaf in plastic wrap, followed by some decorative tissue paper and a ribbon. Voila! Instant homemade gift!
Vegan Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a large loaf pan** with vegetable spray.
- In a food processor, add the bananas, vegan butter, sugar, vanilla, milk, flax, and cornstarch. Pulse in short bursts until combined, leaving some banana chunks. Set aside.
- In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Fold the chopped toasted nuts into the flour mixture. Stir until the nuts are coated. Add the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined.
- Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a the crust is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- When done, remove the pan from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Then invert on a wire rack to cool completely.
- To store, let the loaf cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. It will keep at room temperature for up to 4 days, refrigerated for up to 7 days, or frozen up to 2 months. To thaw, leave the loaf at room temperature. Then heat up individual slices in a toaster oven or microwave.
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This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.