Vegan Banana Bread Recipe — Tasty & Easy (With Video)

This simple moist Vegan Banana Bread with applesauce is dairy free and even egg free thanks to using 2 bananas. 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!

A slice of vegan banana nut bread is topped with melted vegan butter with the rest of the loaf behind it.
This is the best vegan banana bread recipe ever!

I’ve been a fan of the banana for as long as I can remember, so the idea of making a healthy Vegan Banana Bread recipe easy was a win from the get-go! The real question was could I do this? Could I make this into a banana bread vegan recipe? You’ll be pleased with my answer (YAS)!

So, let the banana bread discussion begin!

When you combine a crispy crust with a fluffy banana-flavored middle, you’ll end up with a perfect weekday (or weekend) treat.

How to Make Vegan Banana Bread

Combine 3 sliced bananas along with vegan butter, brown sugar, vanilla, plant based milk, flax seeds, and cornstarch in a food processor. Pulse until combined. I like to leave some chunks from the bananas.

A banana on a cutting board with several chopped bananas next to it.
You can use a butter knife to cut bananas.

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. Then pour in the banana mixture and stir until just combined.

Quick bread batter in a bowl with a blue spatula.
This dough makes a sweet simple vegan banana bread!

Pour this into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes.

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.

In fact, we loved it so much we made a video for you!

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!

A loaf of banana bread sits on a cutting board with a bowl of walnuts and a banana behind it.
It’s easy to make a banana bread recipe vegan (and tasty too!)

Expert Tips

Use these tips and tricks to make this recipe for vegan banana bread perfect every time:

  • Why not sub half the fat with peanut butter
  • Make sure you’ve got the pan greased and ready to go before making the batter
  • To make this easy vegan banana bread applesauce infused, add 1/4 cup applesauce in place of the ground flaxseed.
  • I’ve added strawberries to make Vegan Strawberry Banana Bread, and other berries would work too
  • This is technically a banana nut bread because I love including walnuts for more flavor and a nuttier texture. Leave the nuts out if it’s not your
  • Definitely consider using half whole wheat flour for a more fiber-filled version
  • You can make this into a vegan oil free banana bread by substituting 1/2 cup applesauce for the oil.
  • Use whatever plant-based milk you’d like. I used unsweetened almond milk
  • Feel free to sub coconut oil for the vegan butter in this recipe
  • I call for both baking soda and baking powder in this recipe. I love how The Kitchn explains why to use both baking soda and baking powder adds more lift.
  • Be sure and use a tester to make sure the bread is done before removing it from the oven.
  • I use both baking soda and baking powder because both have important impacts on this recipe. Both help create a rise in this quick bread recipe, but the baking soda also helps create the golden brown crust which everyone loves!

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 a recipe…even when it’s completely unnecessary! 😱

What can I substitute eggs for in banana bread?

There are many ways to substitute eggs in banana bread. For example, you can use: Applesauce (1/4 cup per egg), Banana (obviously), Ground Flaxseed (1 tablespoon plus 3 tablespoons of water per egg), Chia Seeds (same formula as ground flaxseed), Whipped Tofu (1/4 cup per egg), and more!

How can I make banana bread healthier?

This best vegan banana bread recipe is not a low calorie treat. In fact, it has around 330 calories per slice. However, it is a bit healthier than the traditional recipe because of this: it’s a banana bread without eggs!

You can reduce the calories by making it sugar free. Make the batter with no refined sugar by using Swerve instead. I’ve had great success with Swerve and you use it on a 1:1 basis with sugar.

I also love using whole wheat pastry flour in quick breads. It works perfectly and a vegan whole wheat banana bread is still moist. Sometimes, it can be tricky to find whole wheat pastry flour. You can either find it next to the flours in the baking section of your grocery store, or in the health food section.

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!

You can also add some applesauce to this recipe instead of all of the vegan butter. Use 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and reduce the vegan butter to 1/4 cup. This will keep your finished bread moist and delicious!

Can you make this bread gluten-free?

You can make this vegetarian banana bread gluten free by subbing gluten free baking flour in place of the flour recommended below. I love adding around 1/4 cup almond flour to the recipe when using gluten-free flour. It adds a tenderness to the quick loaf. Gluten free vegan banana bread recipes are delicious and perfect for people with special diets!

Love 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 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! Instead homemade gift!

A slice of quick bread with melted butter sits next to the rest of the loaf with a bowl of walnuts beside it and a couple of bananas.
You can make this into a vegan gluten free banana bread recipe — see tips above!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A slice of vegan banana bread with a pat of butter on it sits in front of the rest of the loaf.

Vegan Banana Bread

This simple Vegan Banana Bread is a tender, sweet quick bread with a crispy crust. This loaf is made with walnuts, but feel free to make it with or without nuts. Top warm slices with a pat of melty vegan butter. .
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Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Nut Bread, Vegan Banana Bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 9
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Marly


  • 2 – 3 ripe bananas about 1 cup, mashed
  • ½ cup vegan butter room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup walnuts toasted*


  • Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a large loaf pan** with vegetable spray.
  • In a food processor add the bananas, vegan butter, sugar, vanilla, plant-based milk, ground flax seeds, and cornstarch. Pulse 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.
  • Remove from oven and cool before slicing and serving warm. Or allow to cool completely then wrap in plastic wrap and give out as presents to friends, family, and neighbors.


* Toast walnuts by baking for 5 minutes at 300F ** You can use smaller loaf pans but be sure to reduce the baking time. 
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 286mg12%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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16 Responses to Vegan Banana Bread Recipe — Tasty & Easy (With Video)

  1. Hi Marly — Just a note to tell you I made. your recipe this evening. It is hands-down the best vegan banana bread I’ve ever made, and I have tried a TON of recipes! In fact it is as wonderful as any banana nut bread I made before I became a vegan. The flavor is outstanding, and so is the crumb, texture, and rise. When I long for a slice of banana nut bread and some tea, this is the loaf I dream of! Thank you for this recipe — it is my official banana bread go-to from now on 🙂

    • Thanks so much KD! So glad you liked it. I think it must be my mom’s influence because I followed her recipe and just veganized it. You know what they say, mom knows best! ❤️

  2. Hi, I’m making this tonight!!! But just a heads up, in the instructions #2. You forgot to say add the milk. And I’m wondering if saying Flax Egg might confuse some, being as in the list of ingredients you say ground flaxseeds. (Flax egg implies, we need to mix the ground flax seed with water and let it rest). Unless you really do mean flax egg, in which case then maybe add the instructions on how to make a flax egg. Let’s see how mine turns out, it’s currently in the oven. 🙂 oh and can I say, I cannot wait to try making your banana blondies… if I’d had all the ingredients I would have made it right now!

  3. This looks and sounds amazing! How far in advance can it made? Can it be frozen? I wanted to bring it to Christmas breakfast but need to make it in advance. Thank you for ALWAYS posting such fantastic recipes!

    • Hi Robbie! Thanks for your kind words. Yes, there are a couple of ways to reduce the sugar content in this recipe. First, you could reduce the sugar by a quarter cup. Second, you could use Swerve in place of the sugar. In fact, you can even reduce it slightly as well. Swerve says you can use 1:1 with sugar, but I always reduce Swerve because it’s expensive! Hope this is helpful!

  4. This recipe is a winner! The best vegan banana bread I ever made – moist but not soggy . This magical loaf disappeared fast so I’ll be making another one tomorrow. Thank you!

    • Hi Diane! I’m so glad you liked this recipe. We have some bananas on hand and family around so I think I’ll join you in making another loaf too! 🙂

    • Hi Lacey! Yes, absolutely you can use egg replacer instead of ground flax. In fact, there’s enough banana and flour in this recipe that I think you could leave the ground flax out entirely and it will still be great.


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