Trust me, this is the best banana bread you will ever make! It has become one of the most popular recipes I have ever made. This eggless banana bread is so moist, easy to make, and full of flavour that you’ll want to keep making it! Using just 7 simple, easy accessible ingredients this vegan gluten free banana bread take less than 5 minutes of prep and will have your guests drooling! Give it a try!
Recipe Difficulty – Very Easy
Why this recipe works
Any time of year is the best time for the best vegan banana bread! After 35-40 minutes in the oven, this healthy banana bread comes out looking like heaven in a bread tin. It is perfect for gifting! For example, I have actually been giving this gluten free banana bread to friends who aren’t gluten free or vegan and they have absolutely LOVED it and said they wouldn’t even know it was free-from gluten and dairy!
This delicious dairy free banana bread is also vegan therefore meaning it is eggless too, with no egg substitutes required! The mix of gluten free flour means it can still be too moist in the middle. In addition, to being super delicious, this perfectly sweet gluten free banana bread is guaranteed to become a firm family friendly!
I was inspired to create this recipe as past of my reduce food waste mission! Did you know that roughly 1.4 million bananas are chucked away each day in the U.K alone!!! There is no need to chuck away ripe bananas. This is the PERFECT recipe for using up those ripe bananas. For more banana based recipes, check out my Banana Oat Pancakes, Banana Bread and Butter Pudding or my Breakfast Banana Bars!
Ingredients to make The Easiest Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread
- Bananas – need to be very ripe! Overripe bananas make for the best banana bread because they have a sweeter flavour. Slightly spotty bananas will work, but bananas with lots of brown spots or even bananas that are almost totally brown or black will have the best banana flavour. If you have any spare try making my 3 Ingredient Oat Cookies.
- Gluten-Free Self Raising Flour – I use gluten free but if you aren’t gluten free then standard self raising flour would also work in the banana bread recipe. If you got some spare then try baking my Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cake.
- Unsweetened Plant Milk – This is one of the only wet ingredients in this gf banana bread. You could use soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, etc. All of them will lead to delicious and moist banana bread.
- Maple Syrup – is the hero ingredient in this recipe! While the bananas are definitely the star of the show, maple syrup is a fantastic sweetener that brings a lovely flavour to this easy vegan banana bread.
- Baking Powder – is already in the gluten-free self raising flour, but you still need some more to bring the correct rise to this vegan banana bread recipe.
- Cinnamon – is another flavourful addition to this easy banana bread.
- Pecans or Vegan Chocolate – Crushed pecans are great for this, but vegan chocolate is, too! Who can turn down banana bread with chocolate? You could use vegan chocolate chips to save yourself some time if you go the chocolate route. These are optional, so you are welcome to do without.
- Coconut Oil – Doesn’t go into this healthy vegan banana bread, but it is used for greasing the bread tin.
See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
- Gluten Free Self-Raising Flour – If you don’t need a gluten-free flour blend, feel free to use a self-raising all purpose flour blend. If you don’t have the self-raising version, you can use regular flour or gluten free flour and add some more baking powder to the vegan banana bread recipe.
- Maple Syrup – Honey is a great 1:1 substitute if you don’t need classic vegan banana bread. Another option is to combine brown sugar, white sugar, or coconut sugar with water in the ratio of 3 parts sugar with 1 part water.
- Pecans – Walnuts or almonds are some other great toppings for this dairy free banana bread.
- Deluxe – with the sliced banana on top along with a sprinkling of nuts of chocolate, this gluten free banana bread with no eggs already tops out any classic banana bread I’ve ever seen! You could serve it with a mug of my Christmas Hot Chocolate (which doesn’t just have to be drunk at Christmas) or a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream to really take it to the next level!
- Kid friendly – You can’t get much more kid friendly than banana bread! Have your little ones help mash the bananas and sprinkle the nuts or chocolate on top for some extra fun! For more fun recipes to make with children check out my 5 Ingredient Chocolate Flapjacks or my Lemon Drizzle Cake!
How to make The Easiest Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread
Step 1: Firstly, preheat your oven to 200C / 390F . Grease a piece of baking paper with coconut oil and place in a bread baking tin. Mash four bananas in a large bowl with a fork or potato masher. Add the flour, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and baking powder to the mashed bananas and mix to combine. Add about 3/4 of the crushed nuts or vegan chocolate and mix again.
Step 2: Pour the banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan. Slice a banana lengthwise and push it into the top of the bread batter. Top with the leftover nuts or chocolate.
Place in the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes. For best results, stick a toothpick into the center to check for doneness before removing from oven. Allow it to cool on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes before slicing to allow it to firm up.
Hint: I use a small/short tin as the normal size can be too long and impact how high the bread will rise.
The best way to store leftover vegan gluten-free banana bread is in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Plus, you can also freeze this vegan gluten free banana bread. To freeze allow it to fully cool. You can either cut it into slices for convenience or simply freeze the entire loaf. To defrost, remove and allow to fully thaw at room temperate before eating.
Yes! Egg free banana bread is delicious! I use gluten free self-raising flour, baking powder, plant milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, pecans or chocolate, and of course bananas to make my no egg banana bread recipe. Not only is it egg free, but it is a dairy free, gluten free, and refined sugar free banana bread recipe!
Gluten-free baking can be difficult and there could be a lot of reasons for this. First and foremost, never fear! You can still eat it! It will be a dense banana bread, but will still be delicious. Make sure your baking powder isn’t expired. It may be that you had too much flour. Make sure to follow your recipe exactly!
All ovens are not created equal. Make sure to check the middle of the loaf with a knife or toothpick to be sure it is cooked through. It will continue to cook some after being removed from the oven, but if it is too doughy, you may need to cook it a little while longer.
Yes! Wait for the banana bread to cool to room temperature and then wrap it in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. You could also put it in a zip top bag. The whole loaf will thaw in about 4 hours on the counter.
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Easy Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread
- mixing bowl
- bread baking tin small/short
- baking paper to line bread baking tin
- 5 ripe bananas
- 150 g gluten free self raising flour (I use Doves Farm)
- 100 ml unsweetened plant-based milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 100 g pecans or vegan chocolate, crushed optional (could swap for walnuts)
- Pre-heat your oven to 200C / 390F
- To a large mixing bowl add 4 ripe bananas and mash with a fork
- Now add the flour, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and baking powder and mix
- Add around 3/4 of the crushed pecans and mix again
- Pour the mix into a lined bread baking tin. I use a small/short tin as normal can be too long which impacts how high it will rise. (I grease the baking paper with coconut oil just to help the non stick). Slice a banana down the middle and push into the mix and top with leftover pecans
- Place in the oven at 200C / 390F for 35-40 minutes
- IMPORTANT: Allow it to cool for 15-20 before slicing this helps it to firm up.
Please note that Nutrition information is a rough estimate