Fluffy, moist and easy to make, this vegan gluten free banana bread is absolutely delicious and made with simple, wholesome ingredients! Load it up with chocolate chips, walnuts, or enjoy as is! This banana bread is egg free, dairy free and refined sugar free.
My favorite thing about banana bread is that it passes as breakfast, a snack, and dessert! I mean, when could that ever be a bad thing? (Peep these banana bread breakfast cookies).
This vegan gluten free banana bread has no eggs, no dairy, no gluten and NO refined sugar but is 100% delicious you won’t even realize you’re missing those things.
Seriously, if you’re looking for a classic chocolate chip banana bread and think a loaf made with oat flour and almond flour can’t be as good, think again! This recipe is fluffy, moist so easy to make and a truly crowd pleasing recipe.
It can be made vegan or with real eggs for extra fluff, you can use coconut sugar to keep it refined sugar free or keep it classic with brown sugar. You won’t even know the difference!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Completely allergy friendly
- Refined sugar free
- Made in one bowl
- Incredibly moist & fluffy
BANANA PUREE. It’s more common to used mashed banana in banana bread, but I much prefer the texture with banana puree. Especially because a vegan gluten free banana bread runs the risk of getting gummy, banana puree keeps it super fluffy.
FLAX EGG. Since this recipe is vegan, well use one flax egg to help bind the ingredients together.
OIL. A bit of oil helps keep this bread extra moist. I used refined avocado oil, but any oil or even melted vegan butter will work.
MILK. I like using soy milk because the extra protein makes the banana bread a bit fluffier, but any kind of non-dairy milk will work.
SUGAR. Light brown, coconut, or regular white sugar will all work here! I do not recommend a liquid sweetener like maple syrup.
FLOUR. We’ll use a mix of oat flour and almond flour to keep this healthy and gluten free.
How to make vegan gluten free banana bread
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the ground flax seeds with 2.5 tbsp of water and set aside. Skip this step if using a regular egg.
Add the bananas to a blender and puree until no lumps remain. Measure and make sure you have 1 3/4 cup worth.
Add to a bowl and add in all remaining wet ingredients. Whisk together. Add in all remaining dry ingredients aside from the chocolate chips and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Fold in the chocolate chips. Add the batter to a loaf pan (mine was 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 but 9×5 works too) lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and coconut sugar if desired.
Bake for about 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. All ovens are different, but a toothpick should come out mostly clean with a few moist specks when the bread is fully cooked.
Once done, let cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then lift out onto a cooling rack and let cool for about 2 hours before slicing. It’s important that it’s cool or it will crumble more easily since it really takes its shape as it cools.
How to keep it moist
Thanks to the bananas and oil in this recipe (and even the almond flour!), this bread is incredibly moist. You shouldn’t have any issues with it drying out.
However, to make sure it stays in tip top shape, I would suggest storing it either in a sealed tupperware container, or on a plate wrapped tightly with aluminum foil.
The crust is the only part that may get slightly dry, but as long as you keep it covered, you should be good to go!
Mashed vs. pureed bananas
Most banana bread recipes will require you to mash the bananas, but in this recipe, it’s best to puree them.
The texture is much better in my opinion and you don’t have to worry about it being gummy even though it’s gluten free! It’s much less dense when you puree the bananas, but still just as flavorful and moist.
Substitutions & variations
This vegan gluten free banana bread can be easily adapted to fit your needs or adjusted based on the ingredients you have on hand.
Flax egg/egg: I used a flax egg in this recipe to keep it vegan, but I have tested it with a regular egg too and it works well either way! The real egg way will yield a slightly fluffier bread, but the taste will be the same.
Sugar: I used light brown sugar because I like to keep the color on the lighter side, but coconut sugar or even maple sugar (not syrup) works if you’re looking for a healthy refined sugar free recipe!
Oat flour: Don’t have oat flour on hand? Make your own! Grind up some rolled or quick oats in a food processor or high speed blender until you get a very fine flour. Process for a while to ensure it’s very finely ground.
Almond flour: If you want to make this nut free, you can sub the almond flour for one cup of oat flour. The bread may not be as moist since almond flour adds a lot of fat/moisture, so try lowering the bake time by about 5 minutes if you make this change.
This recipe originally called for almond meal from whole almonds, but I have tested it with almond flour from blanched almonds and it works either way. The color will be a bit darker if using almond meal.
Spices/Nuts: This recipe calls for cinnamon, which is optional, but you can add other spices such as nutmeg or even some chopped nuts to spruce things up!
How ripe should bananas be for bread?
The uglier your bananas, the better! You want the bananas to have lots of brown spots before making banana bread. This will ensure they are sweet enough AND will make the bread extra moist.
How to store and freeze
Once prepared, this bread will keep at room temperature for about 3-5 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week.
You can also freeze it! Just let it cool completely, then slice and freeze in an air tight zip lock bag for up to 2 months. Reheat in the oven at 300 until warm through the center.
Pro tip: Make sure you let the bread cool completely before slicing. This ensures the bread will not flatten or sink in the middle and will maintain its rise when you cut into it.
I suggest letting it cool for around two hours to keep the bread as fluffy as possible.
Try these next!
- Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Almond Flour Brownies
- Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies
- Zucchini Bread
Vegan Gluten Free Banana Bread
by: claire cary
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine the 1 tbsp of ground flax seeds with 2.5 tbsp of water and set aside.
- Add the bananas to a blender and puree until no lumps remain. Measure and make sure you have 1 3/4 cup worth.
- Add to a bowl and add in all remaining wet ingredients including the flax mixture once thickened. Whisk together.
- Add in all remaining dry ingredients aside from the chocolate chips and mix well with a rubber spatula
- Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
- Add the batter to a loaf pan (mine was 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 but 9×5 works too) lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips and coconut sugar if desired.
- Bake for 55-66 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. In my oven, a toothpick is usually clean at 55 minutes, but I usually add a few extra minutes to ensure the center is fully cooked.
- Once done, let cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then lift out onto a cooling rack and let cool for about 2 hours before slicing.
- It's important that it's cool or it will crumble more easily since it really takes its shape as it cools! If you slice it early, it'll still taste great, but it may sink a bit in the middle and crumble more easily.