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This simple and easy one bowl dairy free banana bread will become the only recipe you’ll ever need. Banana bread gets a healthy vegan makeover while staying moist, sweet, and totally delicious. Put your own spin on this recipe by adding your favorite chopped nut, or chocolate chips!
Whenever I see a few browning bananas on the kitchen counter I do one of two things; peel and freeze them for smoothies, or make banana bread!
Bananas are on our shopping list every week. I throw them in the kids lunches, they make a great grab and go snack for the car, but no matter what I do I always buy a few too many. But this never bothers me because bananas are one of the staple ingredients I use when I’m baking vegan treats.
I use them in muffins, cookies, pancakes, quick breads, oatmeal, and more. They’re naturally sweet which means I can reduce other added sugars yet still get that subtly sweet flavor.
I hadn’t made banana bread for my family in quite awhile, so instead of freezing my brown bananas, this time I decided a quick banana bread was in order.
However, I wanted to give my banana bread a healthy makeover. As a plant-based vegan oil, processed sugar, dairy and eggs are all off the table. Is it possible to make a moist, firm, naturally sweet dairy free vegan banana bread?
The answer is YES! This banana bread is nearly half the calories as a traditional banana bread and yet it tastes exactly the same! Less sugar, no oil, dairy free, and it can be made gluten free with the substitution of gluten free flour. It’s a whole food plant-based banana bread that will completely fool your picky family.
Why You’ll Love this Dairy Free Banana Bread
- Dairy free
- Egg free
- Reduced sugar
- Naturally sweet
- One bowl recipe
- Only 9 simple ingredients
- 10 minutes of prep
- Whole grain or gluten-free adaptable
- Kid and husband approved
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Dairy Free Banana Bread
- 3 ripe bananas
- Whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour blend
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Vanilla Extract
- Coconut Sugar
- Baking powder
- Baking Soda
- Chopped Nuts (optional)
Tools You’ll Need
How to Make Dairy Free Banana Bread – Step by Step
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F.
Step 2: In a medium size bowl mash the bananas until they become a thick liquid consistency. Add applesauce, vanilla extract, and almond milk. Stir to combine.
Step 3: Add flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just combined. Don’t over mix. Add optional 1/3 cup of nuts of chocolate chips at this time.
Step 4: Line a 9 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly across the top using a spatula. Optional: Sprinkle a few chopped nuts or chocolate chips on the top.
Step 5: Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until the top browns and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Why is this banana bread recipe healthier than other?
A traditional banana bread has over 200 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, and 20 grams of sugar. This dairy free vegan version of banana bread has 118 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, and half the sugar at just under 10 grams. It contains no processed sugar, and uses high fiver whole wheat flour instead of white flour. The elimination of oil brings down the calorie count as well as the fat and saturated fat making this a healthy version of the traditional banana bread.
How to Serve Dairy Free Banana Bread
This banana bread tastes perfect all on its own, but there are many delicious variations. I enjoy eating it with peanut butter and a few pecans sprinkled on top. You can also use almond butter, or if you really want to get fancy whip up some vegan coconut cream! This is my go-to recipe. This banana bread tastes great with a cool glass of almond milk, or a cup of tea or coffee too.
Gluten Free Variation
To make this dairy free banana bread vegan and gluten-free you can sub the whole wheat flour for a gluten-free flour blend. I like using a 1:1 blend best as it’s the easiest way to sub in a gluten-free flour and still get great results. I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour.
What is a Quick Bread?
Banana bread is a quick bread along with other sweet breads like pumpkin bread, or zucchini bread. Muffins, scones, biscuits, and cornbread are other well known quick breads. They are called quick breads because they do not use yeast to rise. Instead a quick bread uses baking powder and baking soda to leaven or rise. When making a yeast bread you need to allow the dough time to rise before baking. A quick bread can be put in the oven immediately.
How to Bake Without Oil
If you’re new to plant-based baking you likely know that the use of oil is discouraged, but you’re probably confused about how to bake without it. There are several substitutes you can make to create moist and delicious baked treats without oil. In this dairy free banana bread I used unsweetened applesauce. Others include…
- Aquafaba (the reserved liquid from a can of beans)
- Fruit or Veggie Puree
- Dairy Free Milk
How to store Dairy Free Banana Bread and Other Quick Breads
Store your banana bread in an airtight container to avoid drying out. You can store it on your counter top if you plan to eat it within the next 3 days, or store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Can you Freeze Dairy Free Banana Bread?
Yes, you can freeze banana bread. Wrap it in aluminum foil, or plastic wrap, then store in a freezer bag for up to 2-3 months. Don’t forget to write the date on the freezer bag! When you’re ready to eat the banana bread take it out and allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Dairy Free Banana Bread
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour or gluten free flour blend
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts optional
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a medium size bowl mash the bananas until they become a thick liquid consistency. Add applesauce, vanilla extract, and almond milk. Stir to combine.
- Add flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just combined. Don't over mix. Add optional 1/3 cup of nuts of chocolate chips at this time.
- Line a 9 inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly across the top using a spatula. Optional: Sprinkle a few chopped nuts or chocolate chips on the top.
- Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until the top browns and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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