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The BEST Vegan Banana Bread

This is seriously the BEST vegan banana bread recipe – and the best banana bread recipe in general. If you’re looking for a vegan banana bread that will have everyone’s jaws on the floor, this is it.

Vegan Banana Bread

As an absolute fiend for banana bread, I’ve scoured the internet looking for the best possible loaf. Many late nights and extra-ripe bananas later, I found the greatest banana bread recipe of all time. And I don’t say GOAT lightly.

And the best vegan banana bread recipe is slightly adapted from a Huffington Post recipe from 2013, which feels like an internet relic. It has a craggy, crunchy top that shatters into a moist, banana-forward inside with melty pockets of chocolate. AND it’s incredibly easy to make and is ready to eat in under one hour.

If you’re looking for an easy vegan banana bread recipe that will make you never want to search the wild wild web for another banana bread again, this is it. It is truly the only banana bread recipe you’ll ever need.

Get ready for the BEST vegan banana bread.

The Best Easy Vegan Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of those really nostalgic baked goods that brings up fond food memories. Maybe about the banana bread making phase of quarantine that gave us some small comforts, maybe about your childhood, maybe about Trader Joe’s (they do have a good nanner bread mix).

For me, this vegan banana bread brings me me back to college, when I lived with seven other Division I rowers with insatiable appetites. That’s when I found this absolutely incredible vegan banana bread recipe from Huffington Post and made it constantly. My best friend and I would sneak down to the kitchen at night for a study break and to eat “second dinner” (let me reiterate – we were CONSTANTLY hungry).

We’d cut a slice of banana bread, heat it up and top it with a dollop of peanut butter and a small pour of milk. Sitting at the kitchen island, we’d eat and laugh at YouTube videos and try not to be too noisy for the rest of the house.

I would love to hear your favorite banana bread memories. Please let me know in the blog post comments!

OKAY, on to the recipe details!

Ingredients and substitutions

How to make the best vegan banana bread

This vegan banana bread is simple and quick to make. First, you’ll preheat the oven to 375°F and line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper.

Next you’ll prep your dry ingredients and your wet ingredients in separate bowls. For your dry ingredients, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

For the wet ingredients, mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl, leaving some larger chunks (they caramelize beautifully into the banana bread). Mix in the lemon juice, vanilla extract, oil and granulated sugar.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. When the flour is mostly incorporated, fold in the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips, reserving some to sprinkle on top of the loaf before baking. Pour into the prepared loaf pan, top with the remaining chocolate and turbinado sugar if you’d like.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a knife in the middle comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached, but not raw batter. Let cool, slice and enjoy!

Tips for making the best vegan banana bread

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is there a way to ripen bananas for banana bread?

If you have time, you can place the bananas in a paper bag and check back in 12-24 hours.
If you want to make banana bread right away, you can use this great hack from King Arthur. Place the bananas on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, sprinkling brown sugar on top, and letthem sit in the oven while it preheats, about 20-25 minutes. Let the bananas get close to room temperature before using in the recipe.

Can I use this recipe to make banana bread muffins?

Yes! You can easily use this recipe to make banana bread muffins, just use a muffin tin instead of a loaf tin. The muffins will bake much quicker than a full loaf, so check after 12-15 minutes for doneness.

Can I make banana bread gluten free?

Yes! Just subsitute the flour one-for-one with gluten free flour. I love Cup4Cup gf flour.

Can you use thawed frozen bananas for banana bread?

Yes! Thaw the frozen bananas and you’re good to go.

How long will homemade banana bread last?

Banana bread lasts 2-3 days in an airtight container at room temperature, 5-7 days in the fridge, or several months in the freezer.

What’s the best way to freeze banana bread?

Banana bread freezes beautifully. Wait for the bread slices to cool completely. Then you can place them in a freezer bag, press out the air, and stick in the freezer. Whenever you want a slice, take one out and let it reach room temperature or warm it in the toaster.

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The BEST Vegan Banana Bread

Recipe rating: 5.0 from 1 votes
Recipe by Maddie | loaves & such
Servings

1

loaf
Prep time

15

minutes
Baking time

40

minutes
Total time

55

minutes

This is BEST banana bread recipe – vegan or not. It’s got a craggy, crunchy top and a tender, banana-forward inside with melty pockets of chocolate. It really is the only banana bread recipe you’ll ever need!

Adapted from Huffington Post.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (240 grams) all purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • Dash salt

  • 3 ripe as heck bananas

  • 1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, melted coconut oil or melted butter

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (or 2 TBS. lemon juice)

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup (4-6 ounces) chopped chocolate or chocolate chips

  • Turbinado sugar to top (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a standard loaf pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas, leaving some chunky pieces. Add the granulated sugar, oil, lemon juice and vanilla and mix well to combine.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. When the flour is mostly incorporated, fold in the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips, reserving some to sprinkle on top of the loaf before baking.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Top with the remaining chocolate and turbinado sugar if you’d like.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a knife in the middle comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached, but not raw batter. Let cool on a wire rack, slice and enjoy!

    I love eating this vegan banana bread warm in a bowl with peanut butter and a little milk. I know it sounds weird but give it a try!

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