The best vegan banana bread you'll ever eat is moist, flavorful and tastes like the nostalgic, traditional banana bread you know and love. This easy vegan banana bread recipe uses simple ingredients and makes an incredible brunch treat or snack. Options to add chocolate chips and nuts to make it extra special!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch pan with parchment paper and grease the inside of the pan to prevent sticking. If you use a larger loaf pan, such as a 9x5, please know your bread will be much thinner and will take less time to cook.
In a large bowl mix together the mashed banana, brown sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and milk to a bowl until well combined.
In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix; it’s totally fine if there are some lumps of banana, etc. Feel free to fold in ½ cup chopped walnuts or ½ cup chocolate chips (or both!) if you’d like.
Add banana bread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Allow bread to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Frozen bananas should be thawed first and then drained of excess liquid before using in this recipe.
If you use whole wheat flour (I recommend whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat flour), you’ll likely need to add two more tablespoons of milk to the recipe.
To make gluten free: I suggest using chickpea flour or an all purpose gluten free flour. I do not recommend using almond flour or coconut flour in this recipe.