5-Ingredient Vegan Banana Bread

Looking for a delicious 5-ingredient vegan banana bread? This flavorful and moist banana bread is ready to eat in 30 minutes.

There’s nothing better than banana bread! It’s so tasty, comforting, and there are many different ways that you can enjoy it.

Have a slice for breakfast with a warm cup of coffee, or enjoy some after dinner for dessert.

The best part about this 5-ingredient vegan banana bread is that it’s totally suitable for a plant-based, vegan diet. Plus, it’s egg- and dairy-free.

Don’t worry: It still tastes amazing and has the perfect texture! I mixed in some walnuts to add a little crunch.

Ready to learn how to make the best vegan banana bread you’ll ever eat? Let’s get started!

close up of sliced banana bread on parchment paper

Ingredients

Most of what you need to make 5 ingredient vegan banana bread are pantry staples. So you likely won’t need to pick up anything extra from the grocery store. Here’s the rundown:

top down view of ingredients needed to make vegan banana bread including flour, bananas, walnuts, sugar, and oil, plus a parchment-lined loaf pan

Bananas: This is the (obvious) key ingredient. This recipe needs three bananas, and you’ll want to make sure that they’re overripe.

This is a great way to use those bananas that are about to go bad! These bananas also provide sweetness and cut down the need for added sugar.

Brown Sugar: I used a half cup of brown sugar as additional sweetener in this banana bread.

Avocado oil: You’ll need ⅓ cup avocado oil for this recipe. The oil helps to keep the bread extra moist! I chose avocado oil because it has a mild flavor that doesn’t overpower the banana bread.

Flour: This recipe calls for two cups of self-rising flour, which is a combination of flour, baking powder, and salt.

If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can use all-purpose but will need to add salt and baking powder to the recipe. Note that this recipe was only tested with self-rising flour.

Walnuts: These are optional, but they are a great addition to vegan banana bread! Walnuts make the recipe unique by adding some crunch and healthy fats.

Step-by-step instructions

Start by preheating your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

While the oven is preheating, mash the bananas in a medium-sized bowl with a fork.

sliced bananas in a larve blue bowl sitting on a marble surface

Then, add the brown sugar, vegetable oil,

brown sugar and oil are added to the bowl with mashed bananas

self-rising flour and walnuts to the bowl.

self-rising flour is added to banana mixture in a bowl

Mix the ingredients well with a spoon or spatula. They should be well-combined but not overmixed.

banana and flour mixture is combined in a bowl with a large spoon

Next, line a bread pan with parchment paper and pour the vegan banana bread mixture in. Top with half of a banana and more walnuts.

A bread pan with parchment paper is filled with the vegan banana bread mixture. Topped with half of a banana and more walnuts.

Now, it’s time to bake! Place the bread pan in the oven and allow the banana bread to bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until you pinch it with a stick and it comes out dry.

A fully baked banana bread comes out of the oven golden brown

Finally, take the banana bread out of the oven and allow it to cool. Slice it and enjoy!

close up of sliced vegan banana bread

Top with crushed walnuts or a drizzle of nut butter, and enjoy it with breakfast or as a dessert.

top down view of sliced banana bread on a white plate with bowls of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries next to it

Recipe FAQ

How do you make vegetarian banana bread?

Making vegetarian banana bread is as easy as it gets! All you have to do is add extra banana. Most regular banana bread recipes ask for one to two bananas, but I used three in this recipe.

The extra banana acts as a binder, so there is no need for eggs. Bonus: Adding extra banana reduces the amount of sugar that you need for vegan banana bread.

Why is my banana bread not moist?

Moisture level can make or break your banana bread, and there are a few different reasons why it could be lacking.

Overmixing or overbaking the bread can cause it to dry out. You should mix the wet and dry ingredients together until they are combined, but there is no need to mix it any further.

Using a spoon or a spatula to mix the ingredients is a great way to avoid overmixing.

Avoid keeping the bread in the oven for too long—you’ll know it’s ready when you prick it with a toothpick and it comes out dry.

Another way to keep banana bread moist is by using the right kind of flour. Flours that are too high in protein tend to result in dry banana bread. Self-rising flour or all-purpose flour are the best kinds to use.

Do you put egg in banana bread?

Most regular banana bread recipes do call for an egg. However, you can substitute the egg by using an extra banana. Applesauce, yogurt, and flax “eggs” are other common egg replacements.

The purpose of the egg is to bind the rest of the ingredients, so you’ll want to make sure to replace it with something that has this function.

How do you make banana bread gluten-free?

You can make banana bread gluten-free by using gluten-free flour. There are many recipes out there that use gluten-free flour.

Note that this recipe was only tested with regular flour, so I can’t guarantee it will turn out the same way if you do a direct replacement.

close up of sliced banana bread on a white plate with parchment paper

More plant-based dessert recipes

If you loved this 5 ingredient vegan banana bread, you’ll definitely want to try:

This 5 ingredient vegan banana bread is the perfect recipe to make when you have overripe bananas that you don’t know what to do with! It comes together quickly—not to mention it’s a crowd pleaser that you can share with family and friends.

top down view of banana bread with bowls of berries

5-Ingredient Vegan Banana Bread

Looking for a delicious 5-ingredient vegan banana bread? This flavorful and moist banana bread is ready to eat in 30 minutes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 288 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 bananas overripe, divided
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup avocado oil
  • 2 cups self-rising flour gluten free, if necessary
  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp walnuts chopped, divided
  • For the topping: remaining bananas and walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
  • Mash 2 ½ bananas in a bowl and add brown sugar, oil, flour and 1 cup of walnuts.
  • Line a bread pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture. Top with half of a banana and remaining walnuts.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until when you prick it with a stick it comes out dry.
  • Let it cool before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 205mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Banana bread
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Looking for a delicious 5-ingredient vegan banana bread? This flavorful and moist banana bread is ready to eat in 30 minutes.
Breakfast / Brunch | Dairy Free | Dessert | Fast / Easy | Gluten Free | Low Sodium | Oven / Toaster | Pescatarian | Recipes (Organizational) | Snack | Vegan | Vegetarian |

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