Vegan Banana Bread

I’ve learned that I don’t ever get tired of banana bread.

It’s probably my body making up for lost time because growing up, we never ate this bread. Our mother didn’t like it, (something I’ll never understand) so since it was never around, I never thought about it and hardly knew it existed.

Out of sight, out of mind.


When my husband and I were on a scenic drive on Maui during our honeymoon, we stopped at a local roadside shop for a little refreshment. We purchased a loaf of freshly made banana bread for the rest of our drive. It was one of the most delicious breads I’d ever tasted and since then, I’ve been hooked.

This new found love has led me to making banana bread quite a few times during our marriage. This most recent time, I tried making a version that’s even more healthy than it naturally is! This is a bread you could easily get hooked on.

Especially because it is so healthy that you could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The best part is that it’s so scrumptious, you’ll want to.

Super moist, super dense and super flavorful.
Sweetened only with fruit and filled with deliciously healthy ingredients like flax and coconut oil, this banana bread is a delightful blend of a sweet treat and a nutritious indulgence.

Vegan Banana Bread (gluten free)
Print Recipe (inspired by this)

2 Large Ripe Bananas
3/4 cup Date Sugar
1/4 cup Applesauce
1/3 cup Almond Milk
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Coconut oil, melted
1/2 teaspoon Pink Salt
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Flax
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1 1/4 cup Brown Rice Flour
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mash soft, ripe bananas with date sugar until smooth. Add applesauce, milk, lemon juice, oil, salt and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, flax and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the wet and whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Pour in a 9 by 5 inch bread pan. Bake at 350 for 30-32 minutes. Check with a toothpick inserted in the center to be sure it’s done. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!


  1. says

    Hahah I’m so happy you finally discovered banana bread! Its addicting isn’t it? I grew up eating it, it’s my little brothers favorite so my mom would make a loaf almost every other week :) Your vegan version looks gorgeous! And I love that its GF too! yum!

  2. says

    I dont think I’ve ever seen a Vegan Banana Bread recipe so I think so many people will find this helpful! :)
    I’m not vegan, but I think this recipe sounds awesome!

  3. says

    Mmmmm this looks so deliciously perfect! I have never heard of someone disliking banana bread! Luckily my mom was a fan- I loved when she’d bake it with walnuts and/or chocolate chips. Now I’m craving a big, warm slice with some vegan butter! :)

  4. Chanel says

    I unfortunately don’t have date sugar and xanthan gum, but still want to make this. I’ll try this with coconut sugar and cornstarch instead. Hopefully it turns out! (I know your options are more healthy, but just wanted to save some money.) Thanks for the recipe!!

    • says

      Those substitutions would work great (and still healthy. :) ) I am not sure how well the corn starch will bind the bread, but the coconut sugar should help with it. You could also use differnt flour if you dont mind these not being gluten free. Hope it turns out for you!

  5. katia says

    Hi again! I want to cook this delicious banana bread but I have many doubts.
    What kind of sugar is Date sugar?
    The Applesouce is a kind of puree?
    Can I use almond flour instead of rice flour?

    Thank you very much!

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Katia!
      Date sugar is dehydrated dates, ground up into a powder. It is a really healthy sweetener. You read more about it here:
      Just scroll down to “date sugar” for more information.

      If you can’t find date sugar, you can substitute with xylitol or coconut sugar. Applesauce is pureed apples. We find it in any grocery store usually jarred, here. You can even buy it online. If you can’t find it, you could probably substitute with any fruit puree, though the taste may be altered by some kinds of fruits. Almond flour will probably work okay, but make sure it is a fine ground flour,

  6. Margaret Istre says

    Made this a.m. and it was just wonderful! Had to cook longer than recipe called for but it was the best banana bread I’ve eaten! New to vegan eating and so thankful for great recipes like this one!

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