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Best Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Say it with me now, nanananananaaaa banana bread. Truth be told, I hate banana flavored things. I love bananas on their own, just not in cakes, candy, smoothies etc…but Sam’s the opposite. And since he started eating gluten free I try to recreate all his favorite things. So there I was creating a banana bread recipe, that not only had to be gluten free but vegan as well. I have to say, banana bread is way more forgiving than other desserts and after a few tries I had the best gluten free banana bread recipe I could come up with.

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Surprisingly, I even love it. As it bakes, towards the end, the house will smell heavenly, and I found myself constantly going into the kitchen, waiting, impatiently, for the countdown to end. And then comes the painstaking waiting for it to cool, blah blah blah..I went nuts waiting, and it wasn’t fully cooled either, but I sliced into it anyways and boy oh boy was it delicious.

When making the batter, try not to over work it. Mix it with a spatula till everything comes together. Also, I used coconut flakes and vegan chocolate chips, because, no brainer, duh. But I get it if you want to go traditional and sub for walnuts. I just can’t stand walnuts so if I was going to do a nut I’d totally do hazelnuts, they are my fav.

Plus, I always find myself with over ripe bananas, and there is nothing worse than eating a mushy banana. This is such a good solution, because the only thing worse than mushy bananas is throwing out food. It bugs me. I hate doing it even when I have to. Side note, did you know bananas have the best “good stuff” for your body when there are black spots on the skin (yes, too many technical terms I know haha).

Now seriously, look at that crispy coconut, and scattered chocolate chips. It’s like they beckon you to touch in, and they stare at me daily, and I just can’t help devouring the loaf slice by slice. I allow Sam to have one here and there.

Oh I almost forgot about the slices! Look at that cross section below. So much caramelized bananas (hence the banana chunks), chocolate chips and yummy molasses color from the brown sugar, the nice outer crust, so much yum.

What do you use in your banana bread? Walnuts? Chocolate chips? Nothing? Let me know below…I’d love to try it.

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Vegan Gluten Free Banana Bread

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Mira


Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour gluten free
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinammon
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 flax eggs 2 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp hot water, mix and let stand for 5 min
  • 2 cups chunky mashed bananas 3-4 bananas


  • 1 tbsp vegan butter for the pan
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut optional
  • 1/2 cup choco chips optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit

  2. Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl, mix. Optional: Add the chocolate chips and shredded coconut in this step.

  3. Add all the wet ingredients. Mix gently with a spatula. Don't overwork the mixture.

  4. Rub the pan with the butter, and poor the mixture in the pan. Optional: Sprinkle some coconut and chocolate chips down the middle.

  5. Bake it for 50 minutes. When done, pull it out and let it cool for 10 minutes. Once cooled, remove it and place on a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

  • The cook time is for if you are using a bread pan. If you use the mini loaf pans, bake time needs to be brought down to 30 min.
  • A "flax egg" is a vegan substitution for a chicken egg. To create one take 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and add 1.5 tablespoons hot water, and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Use bananas that have black spots on it and are soft for best results. I mush them roughly, and like chunks of banana in it.
  • Make sure to distribute the brown sugar well in the mix. If your brown sugar is a little hard, you can warm it up in the microwave to soften it.
  • I used coconut and chocolate chips but you don't have to. You can substitute any nuts instead, I know walnuts are popular.
  • I used Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour mix.
  • If you are not vegan you can sub the 2 flax eggs for 2 chicken eggs.

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Comments (24)

  1. I definitely have the Batman song stuck in my head now lol. This recipe looks delish. I’m always on the lookout for new gluten free baked goods.

  2. Oh my lord! This looks delicious. The first time I ever baked something was a banana bread and ever since then, it’s been my favorite to make.

  3. Your gluten-free-vegan banana bread is just the type of recipe I need! We have several extended family members that have become vegan and others can no longer eat gluten. It’s always a struggle to find delicious gluten-free-vegan recipes that I can prepare for family gatherings. Your recipe’s a keeper – I’m pinning it to Pinterest!

    1. Yay! Happy to hear that. I know what you mean…I run into the same issue for Sam for all our family events, so I always bring something he can have and others can enjoy too…and thanks for pinning! <3

  4. This looks incredibly good! I love banana bread, especially with chocolate chips. Those containers you’ve used are so cute, and would make it easy to give some loaves away as gifts.

  5. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it. I’ve tried other GF breads, but they aren’t quite the same. I don’t need to omit the egg so how many would I use?

    1. That’s a great question! I will include it in the notes as well, thanks for bringing that up… 1 flax egg is a substitution for 1 chicken egg. So, you will need 2 chicken eggs for this recipe. 🙂 And let me know how it comes out! I used Bob’s Red Mill, all purpose GF flour mix, so try it with that if you can.